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Gr 1 William Reid

Our Gr 1 expert Ric Chapman has unpacked the entire field of the Gr 1 William Reid stakes to see if the champion can get beaten.

1. The Astrologist (9)

echo J: D Bates T: Leon & T Corstens

Had the weights in his favour down the straight last start and raced to his best finishing hard for 3rd to Cylinder and Imperatriz in the Gr 1 Newmarket. Tougher task here but is in career-best form. Place.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 x9573
Win $34.00 Place $5.50
  • Place Performer

2. The Inferno (8)

echo J: J Noonan T: C Brown

Resumes here and will be big odds. But, does go well while fresh and loves this track. Can run home if they overcook early.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 x440x
Win $81.00 Place $12.00
  • Likes Dry Track

3. Queman (4)

echo J: H Coffey T: Shane & C Oxlade

Just seems to be getting better and faster every run. Exemplified that last start when on a terrific speed from the get-go in the Gr 1 Oakleigh plate and kept going just long enough to win the 1100m race. Has won at this trip but WFA will shorten him up a bit. Place show.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 11711
Win $26.00 Place $4.20
  • Proven Winner

4. Johnny Rocker (11)

echo J: R Mcleod T: N Ryan

Can get home hard but is up a long way in grade here following his solid BM 78 win here. Likes the track but this grade should find him out.

PB Rating 5.6
Last 5 4x271
Win $101.00 Place $14.00
  • Track Talent

5. Imperatriz (10)

echo J: O Bosson T: M Walker

Champion who was courageous 2nd up when massively disadvantaged by her big weight in the Gr 1 Newmarket. Hit the front and was run down on the line when 2nd to Cylinder. Absolutely loves this track. Is dramatically favoured by the weight scale turnaround here and looks the winner.

PB Rating 9.9
Last 5 11x12
Win $1.80 Place $1.13
  • Proven Winner

6. Bella Nipotina (3)

echo J: J Allen T: C Maher

Outstanding on her day, is a Gr 1 winner and loves this track. Ran on powerfully when close-up 5th in the Gr 1 Newmarket finishing right near Imperatriz. Gets in well at the weights and is the main danger.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 15x45
Win $7.50 Place $1.90
  • Ready to Fire

7. I Am Me (2)

echo J: B Melham T: C Maher

Star mare. When last raced here she was 2nd to Imperatriz in Gr 1 Manikato in fast time. Resumes here and has a terrific fresh record. Expect a bold showing.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 6122x
Win $7.50 Place $1.90
  • Proven Winner

8. Queen Of The Ball (7)

echo J: B Egan T: M Freedman

Good mare but is a length or so below the best here and should struggle late.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 15x07
Win $81.00 Place $12.00
  • Track Talent

9. Hypothetical (6)

echo J: M Dee T: Anthony & S Freedman

Is very fast and probably leads these. Carried no weight when in front until final strides in the Gr 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m last start beaten by Queman. Is honest and is 3rd up. Should run boldly.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 21x42
Win $26.00 Place $4.20
  • Likes Dry Track

10. Cylinder (1)

echo J: B Mertens T: J Cummings

Sat just off the speed and finished like a train to win the Gr 1 Newmarket in fast time this trip last start beating Imperatriz by just over a length. That will do a great deal to his confidence, but, he meets her 6kg worse off this time. Place.

PB Rating 8.5
Last 5 50x61
Win $6.00 Place $1.65
  • In Form

11. King's Gambit (5)

echo J: J Mott T: Peter & P Snowden

Was ridden perfectly in the Gr 1 Oakleigh when resuming and to be honest when he wilted over the last 100m when in a winning position it was an average run. Carries 5kg more here and so will struggle late.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 x31x8
Win $19.00 Place $3.50
  • Likes Dry Track

First 4

1. Imperatriz, 2. Bella Nipotina, 3. Cylinder, 1. The Astrologist

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