Having returned to the track in reasonably positive form in 2014, classy sprinter Samaready is currently featuring as outright favourite for the 2014 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday night.
Securing six wins and two places from only 11 race starts to date including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in 2012 and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) last preparation, Samaready has drawn the inside barrier for the 2014 William Reid Stakes, and offers punters good value at current odds of $3.60.
Finishing third behind Snitzerland and fellow William Stakes acceptor Shamexpress in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up, punters have been slightly weary of a less-than-convincing run from the More Than Ready mare last time out when unable to match the pace of her competitors and finishing sixth in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m), allowing her to drift from her opening price of $3.40.
Unlucky to finish second by a nose in the Lightning Stakes first-up and producing a competitive fourth in the Newmarket Handicap last time out, Shamexpress is currently available on the second line of betting for the 2014 William Reid Stakes at odds of $5.
A Group 1 winner in his own right, Shamexpress has been unable to secure another victory since claiming the 2012 edition of the Newmarket Handicap, but still offers reasonable value at his current quote, or $1.85 for a place.
Yet to claim a Group 1 victory in 47 race starts to date, classy sprinter Spirit Of Boom has returned to the track in strong form this preparation, unlucky to finish second behind Lankan Rupee in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Newmarket Handicap most recently.
Arguably offered his best chance of securing a maiden Group 1 title in the William Reid Stakes, Spirit Of Boom opened at a quote of $5.80 in betting markets, but has firmed to currently feature at $5.50, despite drawing the slight wide barrier 8.
Finishing a disappointing seventh in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 22nd, Thump returned to form with a resounding win ahead of a particularly talented field in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) last time out.
Punters have not only reacted to the strong return to form by the classy Red Ransom filly, but also her allocation of the ideal barrier 4 for the 2014 William Reid Stakes, jumping all over an opening price of $9.20 to instil Thump as equal fourth favourite and clear $6 market mover.
Trainer Kris Lees has an understandably high opinion of his star three-year-old, and is confident of proving punters everywhere right on Friday night.
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