2013 William Reid Stakes Nominations – Black Caviar Next Race?

Odds on where Black Caviar will go next race have firmed on the William Reid Stakes 2013 at Moonee Valley following her nomination for the Melbourne Festival of Racingfeature to run on Friday March 22.

Black Caviar

Superstar mare Black Caviar heads the 2013 William Reid Stakes nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A total of 34 sprinters make up the nominations for this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) which were taken by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) this week.

After a track record win in the Lightning Stakes first-up at Flemington over the weekend, Peter Moody’s $7 million earning mare Black Caviar will more than likely seek her 24th career win and 14th Group 1 triumph in the William Reid Stakes on Friday week, a race she won third-up two years ago.

Under the weight-for-age conditions of the William Reid the horse affectionately known around the stables as Nelly would be ideally positioned to extend her flawless race record.

Moody has also nominated for four of Black Caviar’s stablemates as he looks to repeat the winning trifecta result from the Lightning with former Magic Millions Classic winner Karuta Queen, reigning Stradbroke Handicap champion Mid Summer Music and his Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Moment Of Change who was the eye-catching Lightning Stakes runner-up.

Along with Black Caviar the other undefeated sprinter in the William Reid Stakes mix this year is WA superstar Barakey.

Jim Taylor’s Key Business gelding, last seen posting their 11th win from as many starts in the Winterbottom Stakes back home, makes their interstate debut in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday which will go a long way in determining their William Reid Stakes potential.

Perth could be dually represented in the William Reid Stakes field too with the Gino Poletti-trained Luckygray also nominated.

A dual Group 1 winner back home, the Bradbury’s Luck five-year-old hasn’t raced since their Kingston Town Classic victory back in early December.

This Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate is likely to feature a number of genuine William Reid Stakes chances including globetrotting mare Ortensia, Stephen Brown’s last-start Australia Stakes winner Sea Lord, the lightly-raced but unbeaten Sham Wind and the Mark Kavanagh-trained Undeniably.

Among the other Group 1 winning nominees are 2011 The Galaxy winner Atomic Force, former Hong Kong hero Good Ba Ba, Doomben Cup – BTC Cup victor from last winter Sea Siren and the Gerald Ryan-trained Blue Diamond champ from last autumn Snitzerland.

See below for the full 2013 William Reid Stakes nominations with the final field due for release on March 15.

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2013 William Reid Stakes Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 22/03/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AFRICAN PULSE Michael Moroney 93
2 AGUEDA Anthony Cummings 80
3 ATOMIC FORCE Darren Smith 107
4 BARAKEY Jim P Taylor 107
5 BLACK CAVIAR Peter G Moody 130
6 CHASE THE RAINBOW Rick Hore-Lacy 98
7 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 100
8 FREERETURN Jason Warren 100
9 GOOD BA BA (USA) Rick Hore-Lacy 108
10 GREY MONARCH Ricardo Meunier 89
11 GYBE David Hayes 95
12 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse 108
13 HONEY FLOWER Ross McDonald 93
14 KARUTA QUEEN Peter G Moody 99
15 LADY MELKSHAM John Sadler 94
16 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price 78
17 LINTON John Sadler 107
18 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 106
19 LUCKYGRAY Gino Poletti 111
20 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody 110
21 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 108
22 ORTENSIA Paul Messara 113
23 PLATELET Darren Weir 100
24 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 102
25 RIFLEMAN David Hayes 75
26 SEA LORD Stephen Brown 104
27 SEA SIREN John O’Shea 114
28 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald 104
29 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 89
30 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 85
31 SHE’S A FOX Anthony Cummings 82
32 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan 102
33 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 105
34 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh 96