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A small but top class final field of eight gallopers has been accepted for the 2012 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley this Friday night, last start Newmarket Handicap champion Hay List set to start odds-on favourite for the historic event.
Due to jump as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 9:15pm (VIC time), this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) is shaping up as a beauty with four of the eight hopefuls already Group 1 winners.
Won 12 months ago by the mighty Black Caviar, the William Reid Stakes is one of the premier Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival sprints to run at Moonee Valley and presents bookmaker.com.au punters with an excellent betting opportunity.
This year the William Reid Stakes odds are set to be dominated by the John McNair-trained Hay List who hasn’t put a hoof wrong since resuming after a lengthy injury-enforced spell.
The giant Statue Of Liberty six-year-old met with his arch nemesis Black Caviar first-up to run second in the Lightning Stakes but made the history books next start carrying 58.5kg to a wonderful win in the Newmarket Handicap.
His winning Newmarket weight was the heaviest carried to victory in 53 years, and on Friday night he will be looking to become the first male horse to win the Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double since 1941.
The only to have done it before him was All Veil, with the four other winners of the double being females with Waltzing Lily (1933), Miss Pennymoney (2000), Miss Andretti (2007) and of course the superlative Black Caviar last year.
Hay List will meet Newmarket Handicap runner-up Buffering again on Friday, a horse that looked the winner last start until the final few strides, but this time under the weight-for-age conditions of the William Reid they will meet equal in the weights on 58.5kg.
Hay List and the always-consistent Rob Heathcote-trained Queensland Buffering are also drawn beside each other in the William Reid Stakes barriers making for an even more thrilling showdown, the duo to jump from gates four and three respectively.
Buffering has his own hoodoo to overcome in order to win the William Reid in an upset this year as no four-year-old male has taken out the event since Hareeba in 1995.
Newmaket Handicap third placed Foxwedge is another main danger to Hay List as he attempts his fourth Group 1 victory, John O’Shea’s smart three-year-old to carry 56kg from the inside alley with Nash Rawiller aboard.
Between 1994 and 2006 three-year-olds won nine editions of the William Reid Stakes, and Foxwedge will be looking to bring forward another rise for his age group.
The Fastnet Rock colt has been competitive at the highest level throughout his impressive 11 start career to date including his devastatingly close second to champion three-year-old Sepoy in the Coomore Stud Stakes at Flemington back on Victoria Derby Day.
Foxwedge is third-up for the season on Friday following a fourth to Black Caviar in the Lightning and the aforementioned Newmarket third.
Along with Buffering Heathcote will is also represented in the William Reid Stakes field by his maiden Group 1 winner Woorim who took out the Oakleigh Plate last month before running fifth in the Newmarket.
A horse known to get back before producing excellent late sectionals, Woorim is Heathcote’s back-up plan if Buffering can’t match Hay List from the jump, the Show A Heart six-year-old drawn in the far outside barrier with Damian Browne to ride.
If successful on Friday night, Woorim would become the first horse since Spartacus (1997) to take out he Oakleigh Plate – William Reid double in the same year.
Along with Hay List and Woorim the two other Group 1 winners engaged in the supercharged feature are then Peter Snowden’s always-consistent mare Beaded (barrier two) and the Robert Smerdon-trained Lone Rock (barrier five).
Lonhro six-year-old Beaded, winner of the Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane last winter carnival, ran her worst ever race in the Newmarket finishing out of the top four for the first time in her amazing 24 start career.
In the big 22 horse field Beaded only managed to finish four and a half lengths away 11th to Hay List, a run she will be looking to improve on this weekend.
Winner of The Goodwood in Adelaide last May, Lone Rock finished even further back in the Newmarket beating home just one other runner.
Rounding out the 2012 Power Tracker William Reid Stakes field are then the Peter Moody-trained Mid Summer Music (barrier seven) who races for the first time since her third behind star stablemate Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic on Emirates Stakes Day, and the also resuming Rekindled Interest who ran third in both the Cox Plate and Mackinnon Stakes in his last two runs of the spring.
The complete William Reid Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below.
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2012 William Reid Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 9:15pm – 23/03/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||6X21212X21||HAY LIST||John McNair||Glyn Schofield||4||58.5kg||121|
|2||44X1462X32||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Michael Rodd||3||58.5kg||110|
|3||X106617X15||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||8||58.5kg||110|
|4||15X241533X||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||Dwayne Dunn||6||58.5kg||110|
|5||132X122X20||BEADED||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2||56.5kg||114|
|6||231X513X50||LONE ROCK||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||5||56.5kg||109|
|7||112112363X||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||7||56.5kg||102|
|8||7X12412X43||FOXWEDGE||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||1||56kg||104|
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