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.
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
|1||AFRICAN PULSE||Michael Moroney||93|
|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|
|9||GOOD BA BA (USA)||Rick Hore-Lacy||108|
|10||GREY MONARCH||Ricardo Meunier||89|
|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|
|18||LONE ROCK||Robert Smerdon||106|
|20||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||110|
|21||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||108|
|24||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||102|
|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|
|33||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||105|