The William Reid Stakes is the first sprinting Group 1 of the autumn to be held at Moonee Valley and a quality field lines up this Friday night.
Despite there being no genuine superstars lining up, punters will still get to see the likes of She Will Reign, Catchy and Secret Agenda.
It’s a great betting race with plenty of value on offer. We have our best tips and best value options for the William Reid Stakes.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 William Reid Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the William Reid Stakes 2018
Secret Agenda @ $4 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
She Will Reign @ $7 – BET NOW
Supido @ $8 – BET NOW
William Reid Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Rock Magic ($6.50) – BET NOW
Rock Magic has been slightly disappointing this season after showing plenty of promise last year.
The Chris Gangemi-trained is a 14-time winner but has come up empty in three runs at Moonee Valley.
The competition in Melbourne might be too much for the eight-year-old, which appears to have lost some of the turn-of-foot he once possessed.
Hellbent ($6.50) – BET NOW
Hellbent is another former top-line sprinter which hasn’t won for over a year.
Darren Weir hasn’t been able to get the most of the five-year-old since it transferred from Kurt Goldman and we think he’s too short in the market.
Although he does have the ability to beat most of this field, we haven’t seen that for a while now and drawing barrier 10 isn’t going to help his chances.
Supido (Best Roughie -$8) – BET NOW
Mick Kent lines up Supido, which finished only 1.1 lengths behind Redkirk Warrior at Group 1 level last start.
The son of Sebring has finished just off the pace twice this campaign and although he hasn’t won since July last year, he’s been knocking on the door of a big win and this should be considered as a drop in class.
There’s no Redkirk Warrior lining up here and he should get a nice drag into the race from barrier six and is more than capable of finishing over the top of them.
Thronum ($9) – BET NOW
Thronum didn’t fire a shot at Flemington last start when running 12th behind Redkirk Warrior and that was a very disappointing effort given his form prior.
The Lindsay Park-trained four-year-old had finished fourth behind Hartnell over 1400m which followed a quality win on this track.
Having won his only start at Moonee Valley is a positive and he has good barrier speed, but we can’t overlook his most recent effort.
Bons Away ($13) – BET NOW
Bons Away was a revelation last campaign, winning four consecutive races and looking good in the process.
The Aaron Purcell-trained four-year-old has since stepped up in grade and it’s fair to say that he has struggled a touch.
He finished 11th behind Rich Charm at Flemington in November and resumed last month to run fifth behind Russian Revolution.
That was a good performance but we question his ability to sprint this early in the preparation.
Secret Agenda (Best Bet – $4) – BET NOW
Strong money is coming for Secret Agenda and it’s not hard to see why.
The Price-trained sprinter is coming off a stellar win at Flemington and she has performed well second-up in the past.
Having won seven of her 19 starts to date, Secret Agenda is a consistent type which has yet to finish outside of the first two placings in three starts at Moonee Valley.
With a Group 1 win under her belt, she has enough experience to win at this level again and she maps out perfectly for this.
Fuhryk ($34) – BET NOW
The form from Fuhryk hasn’t been good since she won at Caulfield in October last year and it’s tough to see her turning the tables on that.
Her unbeaten record at Moonee Valley warrants attention, but the $34 odds on offer tells the full story and only a big betting move on Friday night would warrant attention.
Pariah ($8.50) – BET NOW
The three-year-old colt looked good when winning a recent trial by 1.3 lengths and he showed last campaign what he can do against his own age group.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt finished second behind Menari at Rosehill and although he didn’t fire behind Trapeze Artist later that year, he runs best fresh.
He is unbeaten in two fresh-up starts and although we’re not picking him to win, he’s a place chance.
She Will Reign (Best Each Way – $7) – BET NOW
She Will Reign is a good each way chance from the inside barrier around this track.
The three-year-old filly scored a quality win on this track in August and she has since recorded a win at Warwick Farm.
She didn’t quite show the same sprint behind Russian Revolution last start at Caulfield, but this track suits better and she could show them a clean pair of heels.
Look for her to land on the speed and kick strongly around the tight home bend.
Catchy ($15) – BET NOW
We’ve been waiting for Catchy to show her two-year-old form but she’s just out of sorts at the moment.
The Blue Diamond winner gets into this race well on the weights at 54kg but seeing Craig Williams choose to ride Hellbent is never a good sign.
A win wouldn’t surprise.