Group 1 racing returns to Friday night with the William Reid Stakes on March 22.
Australia’s best sprinters run for the big prize at Moonee Valley and we have free tips, form and odds for every runner over the 1200m distance.
Sunlight, Shoals and a host of other good chances make up the field.
2019 William Reid Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the William Reid Stakes 2019
Sunlight @ $2.35 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Shoals @ $3.10 Bet Now
Spright @ $12 Bet Now
William Reid Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Fell Swoop ($12) Bet Now
Has returned to form somewhat this campaign with a second placing behind Whispering Brook on this track two back and he wasn’t far behind them in the Oakleigh Plate.
Yet to run worse than second in three starts at Moonee Valley and he’s worth including at double-figure odds.
Voodoo Lad ($18) Bet Now
Tough to rule out a 13-time winner which has won almost $2 million in stakes, but Voodoo Lad hasn’t impressed since returning from a spell.
He won at Group 1 level at Ascot prior to the spell and it’s odd for him to not return from a spell in good form, but that trip might have taken plenty out of him.
Prepared to risk the seven-year-old here.
Dothraki ($26) Bet Now
Tough customer but not at this level. 10th in the Newmarket Handicap and it’s tough to see him improving enough to win at big odds.
Battle Hero ($67) Bet Now
Opened at triple-figure odds and has since firmed into $67. That firm is unlikely to continue and although he ran second on this track last start, that came in much easier company.
Better suited against the easier classes in Perth.
Shoals (Best Each Way – $3.10) Bet Now
The mare by Fastnet Rock ran a quality second behind Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes last start and she is only going to improve for the experience.
She has won seven and placed in five of her 14 starts and the consistent mare has shown that she can compete at the highest level.
A past winner on this track, Shoals looks a big threat to the favourite.
Champagne Cuddles ($11) Bet Now
Hasn’t been too far away at the top level but her size has always been her downfall and it will likely be the case again here.
She gets dwarfed by the boys and although many of the top types in this are fillies and mares, she will likely struggle to keep up at the break-neck pace this will be run at.
Spright (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
Big run for second at Randwick last start when carrying 59kg. That’s going to top her off nicely for this and the drop to 56.5kg is ideal.
Despite not being at her best for some time now, Spright is always a winning chance with the right run in transit and she should get a nice drag into the race from barrier six.
$12 is a good value price.
Ellicazoom ($41) Bet Now
Seventh behind Booker in the Oakleigh Plate last start and she gets the inside draw, but she would need to find a length or two to be competitive.
Has raced on this track once for an unplaced finish. Looks held.
Written By ($9.50) Bet Now
2018 Blue Diamond winner which owns plenty of pace but hasn’t won at his last three runs. The three-year-old colt finished fourth behind Sunlight, second behind Bon’s Away and sixth behind In Her Time last start.
Those runs were solid in their own right but he might have to show better form here. There’s no doubting his ability in age-group racing, but this is harder and he needs to show it in open class.
Not convinced on him just yet but a win here would change that.
Sunlight (Best Bet – $2.35) Bet Now
Proven at age-group and open-class level. That was franked when she won the Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the Flemington straight last start and she’s better around a corner.
Drawing barrier 11 might not suit but considering the last time she raced on this track when being trapped along the inside of runners, drawing wide might not be the worst thing for her.
54kg on the back of a highly-talented filly which should go close to taking this out.
Embrace Me ($23) Bet Now
Scored on this track last start at odds of $31 but that’s unlikely to be replicated. Not well-liked at the shorter odds.