2017 William Reid Stakes Field & Barrier Draw Released

Thirteen sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Friday night’s featured Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Sheidel has been confirmed in the 2017 William Reid Stakes final field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sheidel has been confirmed in the 2017 William Reid Stakes final field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sheidel has arguably returned to racing in career-best form this year and is one of only two mares, along with Silent Sedition, confirmed in the 2017 William Reid Stakes field.

A former Perth galloper, Sheidel posted a number of excellent results through the recent Spring Carnival including consecutive wins in the Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m) and Group 3 Sensis Stakes (1100m) and finished the year second in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Resuming this time for a maiden Group 1 win in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Sheidel ran a credible fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) last time out and should relish a return to racing on a bend.

Silent Sedition will be stepping back in distance and stepping up in class, but she is more than capable of winning the William Reid Stakes and will carry only 56.5kgs.

Running second in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 11th, the War Chant mare returned to winning form in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) before placing second behind Heavens Above in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) a fortnight ago.

Rebel Dane is a proven performer at Moonee Valley and will make his competitive return on Friday night after being confirmed in the 2017 William Reid Stakes field.

Posting his first win at the highest level in the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), Rebel Dane continued to produce strong results through subsequent seasons, but was unable to post another elusive win at the highest level for more than three years.

The California Dane entire ran second in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and third behind Winx and Hartnell in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) upon resuming in spring, but could only manage mid-pack finishes in each of the Group 2 Theo Mark Stakes (1300m) and Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

Rated little chance of success in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Rebel Dane took advantage of his rivals playing tactics and stormed clear; winning the race with ease.

While failing to fire in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), Rebel Dane will leave from a good draw in the William Reid Stakes and will be partnered by Ben Melham.

West Australian raider Rock Magic has drawn into the 2017 William Reid Stakes field favourably in barrier 6, while in-form sprinter Kuro has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier.

Three-year-old Star Turn will carry a race-low 56kgs, will be partnered by Dwayne Dunn and could very well receive the run of the race in the William Reid Stakes from barrier 3.

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2017 William Reid Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 94x236710x REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 111
2 100x98x440 FLAMBERGE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 58.5kg 111
3 1539x146x0 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 12 58.5kg 108
4 313x6039x6 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2 58.5kg 108
5 900x70x9x2 HOOKED Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 11 58.5kg 103
6 3x3221123x ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 6 58.5kg 105
7 360×221712 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride Corey Brown 13 58.5kg 105
8 21x1212x50 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Hugh Bowman 8 58.5kg 104
9 x10x3021x8 KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 4 58.5kg 102
10 x10113x344 HELLBENT Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 58.5kg 99
11 x421152x14 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 9 56.5kg 111
12 12x231x212 SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 10 56.5kg 105
13 56x1213x33 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3 56kg 109

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