Imperatriz Heads 2023 William Reid Stakes Field & Odds

March 22, 2023

Imperatriz Heads 2023 William Reid Stakes Field & Odds

Mark Walker’s flying Kiwi raider Imperatriz is the headline runner in the 2023 William Reid Stakes under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Jigsaw

Australia Stakes winner Jigsaw is a danger fresh in Friday night’s 2023 William Reid Stakes at The Valley. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Night racing at The Valley this weekend sees a talented field face off in the Group 1 $1 million William Reid Stakes (1200m), and betting on the weight-for-age clash is firmly led by the New Zealander visitor.

The four-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible races down under for the second time and is well-backed to continue to frank the form from across the Tasman.

She sits top of the William Reid Stakes odds online at a firm $3.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au chasing her fourth win from five starts.

Fresh in Australia on March 4 the four-time Group 1 winner was eye-catching when beaten a narrow margin right on the line by Artorius in Randwick’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

She now heads south with her Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson in town for the ride replacing James McDonald in the saddle.

The mare is sure to relish a drop back to the six furlongs and looks a hard to beat favourite.

There are three other single-figure fancies in the current William Reid Stakes betting markets looking to stop the Kiwi including the $7 second elect Jigsaw.

Cindy Alderson’s airborne gelding is in flawless form ahead of the Group 1 test having won his past four on the trot in easier grade.

The ultra-consistent Manhattan Rain four-year-old was outstanding here off a month break winning the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at the track and distance with 58.5kg by 2.5 lengths in late January.

He has been kept fresh again with the galloper performing best with his runs spaced.

Daniel Moor retains the ride and Jigsaw should be flying again.

The early market mover backed right in from $14 to $8 already is the resuming Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained In The Congo drawn the rails with Tim Clark to ride.

The four-year-old Snitzel entire is looking to break a notable winning drought not having saluted since his Group 1 Golden Rose victory over Anamoe in September of 2021.

He has been competitive in plenty since including at his latest last November when runner-up to Vilana in Newcastle’s The Hunter (1300m).

In The Congo was at Moonee Valley last September first-up in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) running a distant sixth, but there is support for him in the markets to return to better form on Friday evening.

Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the win is then the Jason Warren-trained Benedetta chasing a fifth straight win.

Drawn out in gate 11 for Daniel Stackhouse the lightly-raced Hellbent filly has just her sixth career start in the William Reid.

The bonny bay has been defeated just once when third at Moe on debut last December, and she hasn’t put a foot wrong since.

At her latest she was outstanding putting a three-length gap on Paris Dior at Flemington to win the Inglis Sprint (1200m) down the straight.

She now faces the older rivals on the tight Moonee Valley circuit, but after overcoming barrier 16 of 16 with 56kg last start she looks a genuine chance back to 54kg here.

The William Reid Stakes 2023 is set to run as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 9:15pm (AEDT) with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 William Reid Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 79x63900x0 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 4 58.5kg 108
2 22x61801x8 PAULELE James Cummings Damien Oliver 14 58.5kg 111
3 9x6146x114 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden John Allen 12 58.5kg 106
4 x12130x00x A CASE OF YOU (IRE) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 10 58.5kg 114
5 x329x6272x IN THE CONGO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 58.5kg 106
6 2x104x10x8 FRONT PAGE Geoff Duryea Patrick Moloney 8 58.5kg 98
7 11867×1111 JIGSAW Cindy Alderson Daniel Moor 5 58.5kg 105
8 55x1219x30 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 13 56.5kg 111
9 10x4221x00 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 9 56.5kg 113
10 3135x84x40 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 6 56.5kg 110
11 x1148x1112 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 7 56.5kg 114
12 111310×389 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3 56.5kg 104
13 x09xL22221 BABYLON BERLIN Ben Foote Blake Shinn 2 56.5kg 105
14 31111 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Daniel Stackhouse 11 54kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

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