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: Thursday 24 March 2016 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 2016
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William Reid Stakes Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Slow Weather: Overcast
There is a field of 12 for the $500,000 Mitchelton Wines William Reid Stakes, including four three-year-olds. The early favourite is last year’s winner Lucky Hussler, who is in great form and will be very hard to beat. Second favourite is Holler who has 2 wins over this course and is the likely leader. Third favourite is Japonisme who has not been far from the winner at both starts this campaign.
Kinglike has won at the track and was a close 2nd in the Challenge Stakes when resuming. Flamberge held on to win the Oakleigh Plate at long odds when resuming and will run well again. The Quarterback ran on strongly to win the Newmarket last start, and Churchill Dancer was a length away 4th in that race. Fast ‘n’ Rocking was 10th in that race but has won at this track. All other runners are currently 25 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Lucky Hussler||1 Lucky Hussler||1 Lucky Hussler|
|10 Holler||2 Flamberge||10 Holler|
|2 Flamberge||9 Japonisme||4 Fast ‘N’ Rocking|
|12 Kinglike||4 Fast ‘N’ Rocking||2 Flamberge|
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.