William Reid Stakes Race Information

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
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Open WFA
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $500,000
  • Date: Friday 19 March 2021 night meeting

William Reid Stakes Race History

See the 2021 William Reid Stakes Preview and Results.

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.

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.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Silent Sedition (2017) – filly 2020

Last 3YO to win: C&G Foxwedge (2012); Filly – Loving Gaby (2020)

Multiple winners: Black Caviar (2011 & 2013); Apache Cat (2008 & 2009); Manikato (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983); All Shot (1973 & 1974); Golden Doubles (1957 &1958); Flying Halo (1952, 1953 & 1955): Heros (1934 & 1935); The Night Patrol (1925 & 1926).

Fastest time (1200m): Spanish Mix (1993) 1:08:8

Interesting trivia: Comic Court (1951) won this race first-up in the autumn after winning the 1950 Melbourne Cup.

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
2021 Masked Crusader Portland Sky Libertini
2020 Loving Gaby Gytrash Bivouac
2019 Sunlight Spright Ellicazoom
2018 Hellbent Thronum Catchy
2017 Silent Sedition Hellbent Star Turn
2016 Flamberge Holler Japonisme
2015 Lucky Hussler Vain Queen Griante
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

From the archives:

William Reid Stakes Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Good  Weather: Fine

There are ten runners for the $500,000 Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes.  The early favourite is Secret Agenda who has won 7 of her 19 starts and who won over 1000m at Flemington when resuming. Second favourite is Rock Magic who is the oldest horse in the race (8yo) and was 5th in the Lightning before 0.8 length 4th in the Newmarket. Third favoritism is shared between Hellbent who was unlucky when a close 3rd in the Oakleigh Plate and ran 2nd in this race last year, and 2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign who has won 6 of her 9 starts.

Supido has ran 4th in the Lightning and 5th in the Newmarket since resuming. Pariah resumes here and has won both of her previous first-up starts. Thronum was a disappointing 12th in the Newmarket but is better than that. Bons Away has 5 wins at this distance.  Catchy won at her only start on this track. Fuhryk has 2 wins at this track and distance and goes well second-up.

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

Jo’s Tips
6 Secret Agenda
2 Hellbent
9 She Will Reign
8 Pariah