With a capacity field of 14 catered for in Friday night’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, many of the 25 sprinters nominated will need to look for an alternative mission.
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Last year’s winner, Flamberge, is equal highest rated (111) along with Rebel Dane and Sheidel.
Flamberge won last year’s William Reid under the guidance of Peter Moody but is one of two nominations for Darren Weir who has also entered Hellbent for the $500,000 sprint.
Mick Price has Bassett flying this campaign following a dominant 2.2-length victory over Reldas in the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last Friday, while Kewney Stakes (1400m) winner I Am A Star and Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) winner Target In Sight are the only last start winners among nominations.
As well as Target In Sight, trainer Joe Pride also has the in-form Kuro nominated.
Classy three-year-old Star Turn has competed at the highest level in both runs this campaign with 3rd placings in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) and Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
He’s one of two nominations from Hawkes Racing who have also entered Kaepernick.
2017 William Reid Stakes nominations:
1. BASSETT (NZ) Mick Price
2. DAL CIELO (NZ) Kris Lees
3. ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan
4. FLAMBERGE Darren Weir
5. HELLBENT Darren Weir
6. HOOKED Robert Smerdon
7. I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols
8. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis
9. JAPONISME Chris Waller
10. KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
11. KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride
12. MISSROCK Robbie Laing
13. REBEL DANE Gary Portelli
14. ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi
15. SECRET AGENDA Mick Price
16. SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17. SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet
18. SIRBIBLE Russell Bell
19. SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys
20. STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
21. SUNDAY ESCAPE Andrew Murray
22. SWEET SHERRY Paul Banks
23. TARGET IN SIGHT Joseph Pride
24. THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths
25. WELL SPRUNG Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor
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