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 24 March 2017 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 2017
See below for early markets for this years William Reid Stakes.
William Reid Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Following the early scratching of Kuro, there are 12 runners remaining for the $500,000 Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes. The early favourite is Star Turn who is the only three-year-old in the race and has ran 3rd in the Lightning and the Newmarket Handicap since resuming. Second favourite is Sheidel who won the Oakleigh Plate by a good margin before 4th in the Newmarket. Third favorite is Hellbent who charged home from well back for 4th in the Oakleigh Plate.
Rebel Dane won the Manikato Stakes in the Spring before a trip to Hong Kong, and could surprise again. Rock Magic had a good campaign in Perth and resumes here with a trial win under his belt. Illustrious Lad only beat two home in the Newmarket, but is better than that. Silent Sedition has only been out of the trifecta once in 15 starts and always runs well. Flamberge won this race last year and goes well at this track. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer, including Japonisme who ran 3rd last year.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|13 Star Turn|
|1 Rebel Dane|
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.
|2015||Lucky Hussler||Vain Queen||Griante|
|2014||Spirit Of Boom||Fontelina||Unpretentious|
|2013||Black Caviar||Karuta Queen||Fawkner|
|2011||Black Caviar||Crystal Lily||Hinchinbrook|
|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.