The 2015 William Reid Stakes nominations have been released and there is plenty of talent in the initial entries for the Group 1 event that will be held at Moonee Valley this weekend.
A number of horses have been set for a first-up tilt in the William Reid Stakes and Rebel Dane is one of these horses that has an excellent record fresh.
Rebel Dane has recorded two wins from his three first-up starts, but has not recorded a race win since he scored a narrow victory in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The five-year-old had a disrupted spring preparation, but he was still able to strong together impressive performances in both the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 26 and the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on October 24, with the entire unlike not to record a win in both races.
Angelic Light has also been set for a first-up tilt at the William Reid Stakes and she has not missed a placing in her three previous first-up starts.
The Holy Roman Emperor mare started her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a credible third behind Iconic in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 23 and she recorded one of the biggest upsets of the spring when she beat Lankan Rupee in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at the same venue on September 6.
Angelic Light was beaten by less than a length in the Moir Stakes and she arguably should have been awarded the race on protest when she was narrowly beaten by Lankan Rupee in the Manikato Stakes.
One of the most interesting horses in the 2015 William Reid Stakes is Darren Weir-trained Trust In A Gust, who was one of the star performers during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Trust In A Gust started his spring preparation with wins in the Don’t Hold Back Handicap and Le Pine Funerals Handicap before he made his racing debut in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28 and scored a tough victory over Dissident.
Racing Victoria handicappers set Trust In A Gust a tougher task in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11, but he showed that he was up to the test by scoring an impressive win over Speediness and Desert Jeuney.
Another Group 1 winner that is set to contest the William Reid Stakes is talented filly Earthquake, who has produced mixed performances since the start of her autumn preparation.
Earthquake was well-backed in the lead-up to the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 28, but she was one of the first horses beaten before she produced a much improved effort when second behind Pittsburgh Flyer in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on March 14.
Other interesting horses that have been included in the 2015 William Reid Stakes nominations include Bel Sprinter, Disposition, Famous Seamus, Fontelina, Galaxy Pegasus, Generalife, Lord Of The Sky, Lucky Hussler, Peron, Tiger Tees, Under The Louvre and Vain Queen.
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2015 William Reid Stakes Nominations
|1||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||105|
|2||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||107|
|5||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||110|
|7||GALAXY PEGASUS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||82|
|9||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||94|
|11||IT IS WRITTEN||Robbie Griffiths||102|
|12||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||98|
|13||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||105|
|14||NATUZZI (NZ)||Paul Richards||104|
|15||PERON||Peter G Moody||97|
|16||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||110|
|17||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||110|
|18||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||110|
|19||UNDER THE LOUVRE||Robert Smerdon||99|
|21||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler||104|
|22||VEZALAY||Leon & Troy Corstens||71|
|23||WRITTEN DASH||Danny Curran||82|