William Reid Stakes Tips & Preview

William Reid Stakes Tips


Looking for William Reid Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

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This shapes as a quality edition of the William Reid Stakes with some big names in action including Libertini, September Run and the last start Oakleigh Plate (1100m) winner, Portland Sky.

A number that love the Moonee Valley track are also in action. Hey Doc and Pippie are Group 1 winners at the venue, while Ancestry and Swats That are others that love the tight turning circuit.

Six of the field of 14 come out of the Newmarket Handicap (1200m). Indian Pacific finished runner-up that day and went a tick under 10 lengths faster than standard benchmark.

It was a peculiar edition of the straight six race with Zoutori, Indian Pacific and Amish Boy sticking to the inside early on before drifting down the middle and filling the trifecta

September Run bombed out as a $2.80 favourite but is well worth another chance in my books. Craig Williams seemed to um and ah about what course to take with the Chris Waller filly that day and she never really worked into the race, held up at the 200m before battling into 10th.

At her third run of her last campaign she improved nine lengths on benchmark figures between her second and third runs to produce a career personal best, going 14 lengths faster than standard benchmark when claiming the Poseidon Stakes (1100m) before her Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) win.

She has drawn wide and will get back, which isn’t really the place to be at the Valley but they might be running on with the rail in the true and the inside cut up after the All-Star Mile meeting last weekend.

Swats That finished ahead of September Run for the first time in the Newmarket by placing 5th recently. She is as consistent as they come and will be in it for a long way from barrier 4 but is slightly worse off at the weights against the other filly.

Portland Sky boasts the best career benchmark figures of any runner by going 16.4 lengths faster than standard when dead-heating in the Oakleigh Plate. He kept kicking that day but might be a risk from barrier 1 and rises 6kg in weight.

Ancestry was among the beaten brigade in the Oakleigh Plate but bounced back by leading all the way at the Valley last weekend, going 12 lengths faster than standard. Anything like that will be competitive and she will look to cross the likes of Indian Pacific and Pippie in the early stages. She has also accepted for the Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington on Saturday

Libertini resumes from a spell and went 11.5 lengths faster than standard when winning first up at Randwick in the spring, taking out the Premiere Stakes (1200m) by two lengths from the eventual Everest winner, Classique Legend. She has to be included on that effort.

Masked Crusader is another in the market and seems to be hitting his straps this preparation. The Team Hawkes-traiend galloper was 3rd in the recent Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick and set a personal best by going 10 lenghts faster than standard that day.

William Reid Stakes Tips & Verdict

This shapes as a cracker and I am keen on one that comes out of the Newmarket. September Run can be a big improver and her third up figures from the spring back that up. Outside of her, Ancestry will take some catching if she runs, while Libertini must be included on the back of her first up run in the spring. Swats That is also in the mix but seems to lack the killer blow.

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