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 23 March 2018 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 2018
See below for early markets for this years William Reid Stakes.
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.
|6 Secret Agenda
|9 She Will Reign
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.
||Spirit Of Boom
||Virage De Fortune
||Cape of Good Hope
||Spark Of Life
||Our Egyptian Raine
||Dash For Cash
||Show A Heart
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.