Fri, Mar 23, 12:59pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne feature racing heads under lights to Moonee Valley on Friday night with the running of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m). The rail is in the true position and the track a good-4.
A field of ten have accepted for the William Reid although some are also accepted in Sydney for Saturday.
Secret Agenda ($4.40) is one of those dual acceptors but with word she is staying in Melbourne, the five-year-old mare has been heavily backed in early betting. A winner of seven from 19, she comes into this second-up after winning the Listed Bob Hoysted (1200m) down the Flemington straight when fresh. She’s already got a G1 to her name after taking out the G1 Sangster Stakes (1200m) last May beating subsequent G1 winner Viddora.
She Will Reign ($6) is a dual Group 1 winner, with six wins in total from her nine career starts. The reigning Golden Slipper winner also took out the Moir Stakes at this track and under lights where she too edged out Viddora. She’s third-up this prep with a soft win in a small field when fresh before finishing mid-field in the G1 Oakleigh (1100m). Catchy ($14) – the G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) winner of 2017 – is down on the 54kg minimum alongside She Will Reign. Catchy’s stable mate Furyk ($31) is the outsider of the field and a drifter in early betting but he did run second to Viddora in the G1 Winterbottom (1200m) of the summer.
Bons Away ($12) put together four straight victories last campaign, three in benchmark grade with his latest win being at Listed level over Brave Smash. Hellbent ($7) can mix it in the top grade but his last win was back in September of 2016. Rock Magic ($6) has been competitive when travelling from WA to Melbourne but he’s still chasing his first win in Victoria while Pariah ($8.50), Supido ($7) and Thronum ($9) are all also accepted for the G1 Galaxy in Sydney but would be more than competitive if opting for here.
Spanish Reef ($2.60) is the favourite for the G2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) as she looks for her third win from three starts this preparation. She beat Samovare ($3.10) last start who’s been runner-up at her past two starts with five seconds – and a win – coming from her last eight runs.
Abbey Marie ($4.50) won her first three career starts including a G1 SA Oaks (2000m) but she hasn’t graced the winners circle since. On a similar note, Flying Jess ($23) only has the two wins from 23 career starts with her first win being a G3 SA Sires (1400m) and her most recent – back in January of 2017 – being over Global Glamour at the Magic Millions when odds of 100-1. Life on the Wire ($6) has seven wins from only 13 starts and she’s won five on the trot, three in Tasmania and two at Sandown.
Suggested Bet: Waiting until the last of the night and going with Godolphin’s Deprive ($2.80, race 8, number 8) to keep his unbeaten record intact. He’s drawn wide in barrier 12 but given even luck, he’ll hopefully prove too good for these.
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