William Reid Stakes

The William Reid Stakes is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race run by the Moonee Valley Racing Club. It is normally held in February or March and is the feature autumn sprint race for the Club.

  • Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
  • Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Date: Friday 21 March 2014 night meeting

The William Reid Stakes was first run in 1925 and was named after banker and racehorse owner William Reid who owned a number of prominent racehorses in the early 1900’s including Uncle Sam who won two Caulfield Cups (1912 and 1914) and ran third in the 1912 Melbourne Cup.

William Reid Stakes Final Field & Odds 2014

See below for early markets for this years William Reid Stakes.

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William Reid Stakes Preview & Tips 2014

Track: Dead    Weather: Overcast

There is a field of ten for the $400,000 Hacer Group William Reid Stakes. The early favourite is Samaready who has been favourite at her previous 3 starts without winning. She won the Group 1 Moir Stakes here last September. Second favourite is three-year-old filly Gregers who has a great record at this track and was 2nd over 1100m last start. Next in the market is Shamexpress who has not been far off the winner at his 2 Group 1 starts this campaign.

Thump won the Group 2 Surround Stakes last start and will go well again here. Spirit Of Boom ran in this race last year and is in great form having finished 2nd to Lankan Rupee at his last 2 starts in the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket. Unpretentious has drawn nicely in barrier 3 but needs to improve on his latest runs. Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner resumes here and will find the distance too short. It Is Written loves this track but faces his toughest test here.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
2 Spirit Of Boom  2 Spirit Of Boom  7 Samaready
7 Samaready  3 Shamexpress  2 Spirit Of Boom
10 Thump  7 Samaready  10 Thump
5 It Is Written  10 Thump  9 Gregers

Past winners of the William Reid Stakes:

The race has always been at 6 furlongs which became 1200 metres in 1973 when Australia adopted metric distances, apart from 1971 when it was run over 5 furlongs. The inaugural winner in 1925 was The Night Patrol who won the next year too and several horses have won it more than once. The most famous multiple winner is Manikato who won the race a record five times in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Year Winner Second Third
2014 Spirit Of Boom Fontelina Unpretentious
2013 Black Caviar Karuta Queen Fawkner
2012 Foxwedge Hay List Buffering
2011 Black Caviar Crystal Lily Hinchinbrook
2010 Turffontein Wanted Sniper’s Bullet
2009 Apache Cat Vormista Time Thief
2008 Apache Cat Stanzout Monet Rules
2007 Miss Andretti Any Suggestion Rewaaya (NZ)
2006 Virage De Fortune Rewaaya (NZ) Undue
2005 Cape of Good Hope Super Elegant Spark Of Life
2004 Regimental Gal Our Egyptian Raine Legally Bay
2003 Yell Dash For Cash Spinning Hill
2002 Toledo Show A Heart North Boy
2001 Bomber Bill Scenic Warrior Nina Haraka
2000 Miss Pennymoney Redoubte’s Choice St Christoph

In 1994 and 1995 the name of the race was changed to the Australian Made Stakes and then in 1996 it was changed again to the Australia Stakes until it reverted back to being called the William Reid Stakes in 2010, and from 2010 the Group 2 Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley in January became known as the Australia Stakes.

Traditional lead-up races are the Group 1 Lightning Stakes over 1000 metres or the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes over 1100 metres. Only a handful of horses have managed to win the Moonee Valley double of the Manikato Stakes in the spring and the William Reid Stakes in the autumn, both over 1200 metres. They include Miss Andretti and Manikato. The race has been conducted at a night meeting several times and the first overseas horse to win it was Cape Of Good Hope in 2005.