One of the best performing middle distance gallopers of last spring makes their new season return under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night, Rekindled Interest to face off against a star-studded field in the William Reid Stakes 2012.
Jim Conlan’s Redoute’s Choice four-year-old is a dual Group 2 winner, both of those big wins occurring at Moonee Valley.
On Friday night they will look to add to that impressive track record when they face off against seven rivals in the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Rekindled Interest will definitely need more distance, their best work happening at a mile and above, but they are a Moonee Valley expert and are first-up after a four and a half month spell.
After scoring the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes win over the Moonee Valley mile in September, Rekindled Interest went on to contest three Group 1 events.
The first was the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) where they finished fifth behind December Draw.
They then backed up to cross just one and a half lengths off the winner Pinker Pinker in the iconic Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley before their last-start third to Glass Harmonium in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) back at Flemington on Derby Day.
Friday night Rekindled Interest has a tough task over a sprint distance coming head-to-head with the possibly unbeatable Hay List fresh off his gutsy win in the Newmarket Handicap.
While Conlan knows the enormity of Rekindled Interest’s first-up test, he is eyeing off other longer autumn features for his stable ace.
The $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 21 is firmly in his sights, Rekindled Interest currently rated a $21 chance in the bookmaker.com.au futures for the Doncaster.
“As far as the preparation goes I think he’s going terrific,” Conlan said.
“Friday night they might be a little bit slick for him, but he’ll run very well.
“He’s in great order.
“All his work has been first class.
“He’s a lot stronger now, he’s matured, he looks great and he’s as sound as he’s ever been.
“He needs a good, hard six furlong (1200m) race to get him ready for the Doncaster.
“We don’t want it to be a gut-buster but we want it to be a very solid run for him.
“The hot speed will suit him but Hay List tends to be up on hot speed and keeps running at a hot speed and Buffering is the same.
“It would appear they have better form over the six furlongs than us, but he will perform very well on the night.
“Whether that’s good enough to win, probably not, but it will still be a great run for him.”
Among Rekindled Interest’s other high profile rivals in the William Reid on Friday night are Newmarket runner-up Buffering, third placed three-year-old Foxwedge, Buffering’s Group 1 winning stablemate Woorim and the Peter Snowden-trained Beaded.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the William Reid Stakes updates.
Markets on the Moonee Valley races running this week are set to open at our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au shortly.