Capacity Field Confirmed for 2015 William Reid Stakes

March 25th, 2015

A talented and capacity field of 14 has been confirmed for Friday’s featured Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Vain Queen has been confirmed in the 2015 William Reid Stakes final field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Vain Queen has been confirmed in the 2015 William Reid Stakes final field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Rebel Dane produced several impressive results without being able to return to the winner’s circle in 2014, and has been confirmed for a racing return in the 2015 William Reid Stakes final field.

A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2013 edition of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), Rebel Dane returned in 2014 in impressive fashion; running a close second to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) first-up before a luckless run for fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Returning in spring for consecutive third place finishes in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) before running a close fourth in a fanning finish in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Rebel Dane will be partnered by leading jockey Craig Williams on Friday night.

Talented filly Earthquake has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tommy Berry, will leave from the ideal barrier 3 and has been charged with carrying just 54kgs in the 2015 William Reid Stakes.

Arguably the standout two-year-old of the 2014 autumn, Earthquake won each of her first four competitive starts including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) before finishing a close second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

While unable to reach the same highs over four spring starts whilst still posting several commendable results, the daughter of Exceed And Excel ran a close second in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1100m) last time out and appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle on Friday night.

Classy mare Vain Queen returned to racing for a credible fourth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in late February and is sure to take valuable condition from the run when lining up in gate 9 in the 2015 William Reid Stakes.

Posting seven race wins over her 13 career starts to date; the Artie Schiller mare was a standout performer for John Saddler over the 2014 Spring Carnival and ended her campaign in the best way possible when victorious in the Group 3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) on Crown Oaks Day.

Peron will leave from the rails draw in the 2015 William Reid Stakes, while the resuming Fontelina has been charged with overcoming the wide and awkward gate 14.

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2015 William Reid Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2547x3347x REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Craig Williams 7 58.5kg 110
2 190x3136x5 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 12 58.5kg 110
3 4800x167x9 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Kerrin McEvoy 10 58.5kg 107
4 0x9214x02x FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 14 58.5kg 107
5 000x32212x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 2 58.5kg 105
6 6736671217 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 8 58.5kg 102
7 512x31425x ANGELIC LIGHT Robbie Griffiths Damien Oliver 4 56.5kg 105
8 46114441×4 VAIN QUEEN John Sadler Nicholas Hall 9 56.5kg 104
9 2x44180x41 GRIANTE David Brideoake Steven Arnold 11 56.5kg 98
10 x11226x782 GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 13 56.5kg 96
11 27x85040x2 PERON Peter G Moody Ben Melham 1 56.5kg 97
12 10110×2 GALAXY PEGASUS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5 56kg 82
13 12x3318x02 EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea Tommy Berry 3 54kg 103
14 1×253 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens Steven King 6 54kg 71