September Run wins William Reid Stakes in fine fashion

Chris Waller trained mare September Run hadn’t won a race since her sparkling three-year-old campaign, which included the Coolmore Stud Stakes but was back to her best at Moonee Valley, winning the Group 1 William Reid Stakes in fine fashion.

Settling midfield under jockey Craig Williams, the mare relished a fast tempo up front, which included odds-on and previously unbeaten favourite Marabi who hit the front in the straight but was unable to sustain her run, fading to finish fifth.

Waller, who made the trip to Melbourne, suggested she was getting back to her best.

“She was probably the best three-year-old of her season and it’s gone backwards since then, but it was a glimpse of September Run last start. She’s been bouncing out of her skin.”

“Tonight was 1200 metres and she really got to show her class. There’s a mares race in Adelaide (Sangster) for her.”

Jockey Craig Williams, who has partnered September Run in the majority of her runs, including the Coolmore win, noticed her maturity this time in.”Her achillies heel has been getting around tight turning tracks. I rode her in a gallop before the Newmarket and saw how mature she is.”

“Once we were in a straight line I thought she was a superior mare because when she was a three-year-old she was so tough and tenacious down the straight.”

“She won well and it’s great to see her back and to win another Group 1 which isn’t easy.”

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