2010 William Reid Stakes Final Field

February 10th, 2010

The next great Group 1 feature race in Australia takes place this Saturday, February 13, when Moonee Valley racecourse hosts the $500 000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

There were 19 nominations for the event but only nine top-class sprinters will contend the event after a number of trainers opted not to run their horses against the high quality field that includes two entries by master trainer Peter G Moody.

Moody has Wanted and Black Caviar running in the William Reid this year. Wanted has drawn ideally in barrier two and will be ridden by Brad Rawiller. Runner-up in the Lightning Stakes on January 30 the three-year-old Fastnet colt is looking to secure his third win from 12 career starts.

But it is Moody’s boom three-year-old Black Caviar that is dominating the betting markets and putting the fear into the other trainers. She has not fared as well in the barrier draw and will start out wide from barrier nine in her maiden Group 1 run. Black Caviar is still an imposing force in Saturday’s race, the unbeaten Bel Esprit filly having won all of her five race starts, most recently the Australia Stakes (1200m) at the same track and distance as the William Reid on January 22.

Aside from the wide draw, the only other thing that may stand in Black Caviar’s way to maintaining her impeccable record is the weather.

With rain forecast for Melbourne on Saturday, a wet field may just cause the upset some of the lower seeded runners need as four of Black Caviar’s victories have been on good tracks and she is as yet untested on a wet field.

Other classy runners in the star-studded William Reid Stakes filed include the David Hayes-trained Nicconi fresh off his win in the Lightning Stakes. The four-year-old will have in-form hoop Damien Oliver aboard who also rode him to victory last start.

One horse to keep a close eye on if the surface is a wet one is the Anthony Cummings-trained Turffontein. Drawn well in barrier three and with champion jockey Glen Boss aboard, five-year-old Turffontein will have his race plates off for the first time on Saturday, is in great form and a bit of rain will increase his chances.

The coveted barrier one start has gone to Mick Price’s Light Fantastic while the Tracey Bartley-trained Sniper’s Bullet has drawn wide with barrier eight.

The William Reid Stakes is scheduled as race five on the day’s bumper nine-race programme

2010 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)
Danny O’Brien James Winks 6 58.5
2
SNIPER’S BULLET
Tracey Bartley Craig Williams 8 58.5
3
MENTALITY
M, W & J Hawkes Steven King 7 58.5
4
LIGHT FANTASTIC
Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 58.5
5
NICCONI
David Hayes Damien Oliver 4 58.5
6
TURFFONTEIN
Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 3 58.5
7
SHELLSCRAPE
Chris Waller 5 55.5
8
WANTED
Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 2 55.5
9
BLACK CAVIAR

SCRATCHED

Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 53.5