Hay List Favoured To Win The William Reid
One the world’s fastest sprinters, Hay List will be looking to keep his unbeaten track record intact at Moonee Valley’s Night Racing Season Finale this Friday night. Hay List recently returned to the winners circle with victory in the Group 1 Newmarket.
Hay List has won twice at Moonee Valley in as many starts, including the Group 1 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes and the Group 3 McEwen Stakes, both in 2010.
Hay List is one of 8 horses that have accepted to contest the $400,000 Group 1 Power Tracker William Reid Stakes (1200m). Run under weight-for-age conditions, Hay List has been rightly installed as the punters elect.
However, the contenders are all very well credentialed, with Woorim, Beaded and Lone Rock all Group 1 winners, Buffering, Rekindled Interest and Foxwedge all Group 2 winners and Group 1 placed, whilst Mid Summer Music is a multiple Group 3 winner.
Hay List must first pass a veterinary examination conducted later today by a Racing Victoria veterinarian after trainer John McNair advised RVL Stewards yesterday that the horse has been treated for a bruised heel.
The Group 2 Sportingbet Sunline Stakes has assembled a quality field for this Friday headlined by Valley favourite Lady Lynette. The mare has twice won the Group 3 Tesio Stakes on Cox Plate Day.
Last year’s AJC Oaks winner Absolutely returns for Michael Kent. Spirit Song for Aaron Purcell is racing in great form whilst Raspberries for the Snowden camp cannot be dismissed.
The move from early March to late March for the Group 2 Sportingbet Fillies Classic has paid dividends for Moonee Valley, with 11 class runners due to face the starter.
Last start Kewney winner Empress Rock appears well placed for Bart Cummings. Our Miss Jones will be steaming home from the back of the field for Michael Kent.
Friday night will also see the 18th and final heat of the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge, where the fastest horse over the 955 metre journey across the Moonee Valley night racing season will earn its trainer a $55,000 Mazda BT-50 courtesy of Essendon Mazda.
Trainer Ricky Maund leads the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge, with General Truce and a time of 55.28 seconds. General Truce will again line-up and compete in Heat 18 tomorrow night.
The challengers will include Queen Delight, Far Horizons, Fab Fevola and The Minister.
Mick Price leads the night racing training premiership with the one race meeting remaining with a total of 14 wins from 41 starters ($493,962 worth of prizemoney), while Peter Moody has won the most night racing prizemoney with $735,115, he sits second with 12 winners from 43 starters.
Leon Corstens has 12 wins, while Darren Weir, David Hayes, Anthony Freedman and Mark Kavanagh all have 5 wins each.
While Luke Nolen has accumulated $706,979 in prizemoney with his 49 rides including 12 winners, Craig Newitt leads the jockey premiership with 15 wins from 79 starts. Dwayne Dunn has ridden 11 winners for the night racing season, followed by Damien Oliver on 9 winners, Steven Arnold 7 winners, Chris Symons and Michael Rodd 6 winners each, and Glen Boss 5 winning rides.
A lucky patron who has attended one of the 17 night racing meetings at Moonee Valley over the 2011/12 season will win a Mazda 3. At each meeting one fortunate patron has been drawn out, and on Friday night, each of the 17 finalists will be given a car key to see if it unlocks the Mazda 3 from Essendon Mazda. If it does, they win the car.
Gates open at 5.15pm with the first race commencing at 6.45pm. There will be a band, picnic rugs and entertainment for the kids including Camp Australia activities and a jumping castle (weather permitting) on the front lawn.
There is limited dining available in the Champions Restaurant with a three course set menu and basic beverage package (beer, wine, sparkling wine & soft drink) for just $99. Bookings can be made by calling 1300 79 79 59.