William Reid Stakes: What you need to Know

Star Turn who is favourite for tomorrow nights William Reid Stakes. Photo courtesy Geo Hillis Photography.

Star Turn who is favourite for tomorrow nights William Reid Stakes. Photo courtesy Geo Hillis Photography.

WILLIAM REID STAKES

1200m, $500,000, Group One weight-for-age at Moonee Valley

HISTORY:

* First run in 1925 when won by The Night Patrol who also won the following year.

* Formerly known as the Australia Stakes, it reverted to its original name, the William Reid Stakes, in 2010.

* Group One since 1987.

* Manikato won the race five years in a row from 1979 to 1983.

* Champion Black Caviar won the race twice in 2011 and 2013 during her unbeaten career.

* The William Reid is Melbourne's final Group One race for the season.

TALKING POINTS:

* Five Group One winners are among this year's field including last year's winner Flamberge.

* Seven-year-old Rebel Dane will be chasing a Moonee Valley Group One sprint double this season having taken out the Manikato Stakes over the course and distance last spring.

* Three-year-old colt Star Turn is favourite to break through for his first Group One win having been placed at the elite level three times.

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

"You always worry when they are getting back from a spell, whether they are back, or whether now he's an older horse he might take a few runs, but based on what we're seeing he's ready to rock and roll on Friday night" Rebel Dane's trainer Gary Portelli.

"She seems to be absolutely flying" Sheidel's co-trainer Tom Dabernig.

"Obviously there's some more seasoned sprinters in there and it's weight-for-age, but she's very consistent and tries very hard so she'll run well" Andrew Noblet trainer of Silent Sedition.
 

SYDNEY, March 23 AAP