A talented field of twelve sprinters has been confirmed for Thursday’s featured 2016 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.
Lucky Hussler charged home to post a maiden Group 1 victory in the 2015 edition of the William Reid Stakes and has been confirmed to defend his title on Thursday from the ideal barrier 5.
Unable to make much of an impact in two starts following his William Reid Stakes triumph, Lucky Hussler returned in spring for fourth in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) before placing sixth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
Returning to winning form in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), the Husson gelding placed third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) before running sixth in the talent-rich Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Returning from a brief freshen-up for success in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on January 9th, Lucky Hussler was unlucky not to win the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) last time out on February 13th.
Flamberge returned to racing for an impressive win in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and is sure to lay a great account for himself in the William Reid Stakes from barrier 2.
Beating a talented field to the line to secure a maiden Group 1 win in The Goodwood (1200m) at the end of a strong autumn campaign in 2015, Flamberge resumed in spring for a close second to Chautauqua in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m).
Running a credible sixth in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) on October 2nd, the Exceed And Excel gelding charged home to win the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) before ending his year seventh in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
Trainer Peter Moody has been confirmed to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2016 William Reid Stakes after also confirming three-year-old Kinglike in the final field.
Stamping himself as a colt to follow when charging home to win the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on September 12th, Kinglike returned to the paddock after failing to fire in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on October 17th.
Having placed a close second to English in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 5th, Kinglike could very well receive the run of the race in the William Reid Stakes from barrier 3.
The Quarterback mustered a career-best effort to date to win the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) a fortnight ago and has been confirmed in the 2016 William Reid Stakes final field.
Posting a career total of eight wins and seven minors through 24 competitive starts, The Quarterback has undoubtedly kicked up a gear through recent seasons and capped a strong 2015 campaign with success in the Listed Early Grey Stakes (1000m) on November 5th.
Resuming this time for third in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) on January 30th, the Street Boss gelding placed sixth in the Oakleigh Plate in his only other start prior to the Newmarket Handicap.
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2016 William Reid Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7x46136x12||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||5||58.5kg||113|
|2||301x2617x1||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||–||2||58.5kg||112|
|3||6x7621x361||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Craig Newitt||6||58.5kg||107|
|4||5x557143x0||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||10||58.5kg||105|
|5||9835×05943||IT IS WRITTEN||Robbie Griffiths||Steven Arnold||9||58.5kg||96|
|6||2115754324||CHURCHILL DANCER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||4||58.5kg||103|
|7||26x73082x8||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Williams||12||56.5kg||102|
|8||7x004510x5||SCARLET BILLOWS||Darren Weir||–||1||56.5kg||97|
|9||1111431×35||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11||56kg||109|
|10||x38221x151||HOLLER||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||56kg||110|
|11||35x7948x18||HEADWATER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||8||56kg||96|
|12||21x16x2||KINGLIKE||Peter G Moody||–||3||56kg||98|