The William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age sprint race over 1,200 metres, held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in autumn. Total prizemoney is $500,000.
William Reid Stakes 2021: Key runners
HEY DOC is second-up here. He was poor first-up and I’d prefer him with another run under his belt.
KEMENTARI returned to form in WA last prep. He’s first-up here. He could get a good run on the map and is a rough chance here.
ELITE STREET hasn’t fired in two runs down the straight this prep, Though he did have good form in Perth. Would surprise if he won this.
INDIAN PACIFIC raced well in both runs down the straight. He’ll go forward. His chances will improve if a couple of other leaders (dual acceptors) come out.
MASKED CRUSADER has been okay in both runs this prep. The barrier is a slight concern as he’ll get locked on the fence. He has a chance if he can get clear running.
FLIT had little luck in the Newmarket. She can improve here, but would probably prefer it wetter.
LIBERTINI is a terrific horse fresh. The negative is she’s only had three runs in Melbourne, and all were at Flemington. She’s also drawn out so the pattern will be a factor. She’s the horse to beat… if the conditions suit,
PIPPIE is better suited over 1000 metres. There’ll be too much pressure here.
BROOKLYN HUSTLE is yet another dual acceptor, but she should run here. She’s had no luck in either run this prep. She also races well here and gets Lane on. She could get the right run and really figure..
PORTLAND SKY put in a super effort in the Oakleigh Plate when he was the best of the on-pacers. Senior jockey goes on here. Good chance
SEPTEMBER RUN ran home well in the Lightning, in the best sectionals of the day. She was the plain in the Newmarket. She’s drawn out here and will get back. And her only runs in Melbourne to date have been at Flemington, so there’s a few negatives.
SWATS THAT ran on well in the Lightning. She was well held in the Newmarket but was never in the right spot. She has a chance.
Verdict I’ve got Libertini favourite from Portland Sky at this early stage, and then it’s wide open after that.
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