The Group 1 William Reid Stakes is a feature sprinting contest at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
A quality field lines up in 2020, which includes Bivouac, Loving Gaby, and Scales of Justice, just to name a few.
We have done the form for every runner and found our best value bets for the 2020 William Reid Stakes.
William Reid Stakes Preview & Betting Tips
Our best bets for William Reid Stakes
Bivouac @ $2.80 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Loving Gaby @ $5 Bet Now
Pippie @ $12 Bet Now
William Reid Stakes Form Guide & Tips
1. Scales of Justice ($9) Bet Now
Class is with Scales of Justice, which owns 12 wins from 29 starts, and he loves racing at The Valley. The seven-year-old is a winner of over $2.3 million and he showed his class when winning two starts back.
He was safely held at Caulfield behind Alabama Express last start, but that was a funny-run race. It didn’t suit the big-striding type, so we’re prepared to forgive that effort.
Drawing barrier three is ideal and he’s a first four chance.
2. Rock Magic ($71) Bet Now
Rock Magic runs well fresh up with 11 starts for four wins, but he’s racing well below his best and shouldn’t be a factor in this race.
The 10-year-old is not getting any younger and it would be a massive shock to see him winning at big odds.
3. Gytrash ($10) Bet Now
Gytrash looked the goods when winning the Lightning Stakes down the Flemington straight fresh up. He put away a good field and followed that up with a good placing last start.
He wasn’t able to run down Bivouac, which showed a superior turn-of-foot, but Gytrash is no slouch and shouldn’t be overlooked.
He’s having his first run at The Valley, which is our only concern.
4. Vital Silver ($20) Bet Now
Perth runners have to be taken seriously after what happened in the All-Star Mile. Vital Silver is coming off a second placing at Ascot last year, and he runs well fresh.
It would be a good effort to win this race, but he placed at his only start at Moonee Valley, and we wouldn’t be ruling him out.
The $20 is a good price.
5. Zoutori ($26) Bet Now
Zoutori isn’t winning as often as punters would like, which makes backing him this Friday tough to do.
He’s an enigmatic runner that wins when you least expect. It’s dangerous to not include him in selections, but we need to see more from him this season.
6. Mystic Journey ($15) Bet Now
The buddle burst for Mystic Journey last year, but ruling out the four-year-old mare wouldn’t be wise.
She’s unlikely to win over this distance, but she could run on nicely in the straight and set up for something later in the autumn.
The 11-time winner deserves respect, but wait for a better betting opportunity.
7. Pippie (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
Pippie took advantage of ideal track conditions last start but that doesn’t mean she’s not a good bet in this race.
The professional mare made it five wins from nine starts, and her ability to sit on the speed and provide a good kick is admirable.
If she finds the front, she should prove tough to beat and the double-figure odds are worth taking.
8. Embrace Me ($41) Bet Now
Embrace Me hasn’t won for a long time and breaking that cycle at Group 1 level seems too hard for her.
She’s coming off a second-place finish at Flemington but that was in handicap grade, not Group 1 grade. Therefore, we’re confident she won’t be figuring in the finish.
9. Bivouac (Best Bet – $2.80) Bet Now
It was an explosive win from Bivouac last start and that form looks best for the William Reid Stakes. The James Cummings-trained colt scored by 2.5 lengths after exploding in the straight.
Anything close to that race would see him winning this, and he’s going to get a good run from barrier one. That only downside is that Hugh Bowman gets no run, which has happened to Bivouac at The Valley in the past.
However, he’ll be looking to get off the rail early and make his run.
10. Exceedance ($7.50) Bet Now
Exceedance looked flat last start and he’s yet to win second-up. He’s a nice type, there’s no doubting that, but he’s better in wet conditions.
The Valley isn’t a track where he can use the length of the straight to warm up, so we’re prepared to put him to the side.
$7.50 is far too short in our opinion.
11. Loving Gaby (Best Each Way – $5) Bet Now
It’s hard to not love Gaby, after all, she has won almost $2 million. The Maher/Eustace-trained filly flashed home to run second behind Bivouac last start, and they could run the quinella again.
She’s unbeaten in two runs at Moonee Valley, with both of those races coming at the highest level. She’s a consummate professional and she must be on your ticket.
She gets Craig Williams in the saddle and carries only 54kg.