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The William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 Weight-for-age race held each year in March at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne. It is run over the sprint distance of 1200 metres and is worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 William Reid Stakes was won by Silent Sedition from Hellbent with Star Turn third.

From 1996 to 2010 the race was run as the 'Australia Stakes', but reverted back to its original name of the 'William Reid Stakes' since the 2010/2011 racing season.

2017 William Reid Stakes info
Date: Friday 24th March 2017
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000
2017 Winner: Silent Sedition

The William Reid Stakes is a good horse's race and attracts high quality weight-for-age sprinters every year, who may come from races like the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February or the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap on Super Saturday at Flemington earlier in March.

Horses tackling this event may have previously contested the weight-for-age Gr1 Lightning Stakes on their way to this race and in recent times both Apache Cat (2008) and Miss Andretti (2007) won the Lightning Stakes before being going on to win the William Reid Stakes. Spirit Of Boom (2014) finished second behind Lankan Rupee in both the Oakleigh Plate and the Newmarket Handicap before scoring a narrow victory in the William Reid Stakes.

Over the years some champion sprinters have won this race, including Black Caviar (2011 & 2013), Apache Cat (2008-09) & Miss Andretti (2007) most recently, while horses of the calibre of Hareeba (1995), Redelva (1991) and Zeditave (1989) have saluted in this event in the not so distant past.

Champion sprinter Manikato won this race five years in succession from 1979-1983 in a feat that is unlikely to ever be equalled and the Gr 1 Manikato Stakes in September at Moonee Valley is named in honour of the great galloper.

Silent Sedition (2017) ran second in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill in Sydney before scoring a narrow win in this event, giving jockey Katelyn Mallyon her first Group 1 victory in the process. Recent William Reid Stakes winners include Flamberge (2016) and Lucky Hussler (2015).

2017 William Reid Stakes result
1. $7.50 Silent Sedition 56.5 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
2. $8.00 Hellbent 58.5 Damian Lane
3. $4.00 Star Turn 56.0 Dwayne Dunn

then followed
4. $21.00 Rock Magic 58.5 Jarrad Noske
5. $19.00 Japonisme 58.5 Glyn Schofield
6. $5.00 Sheidel 56.5 Blake Shinn
7. $19.00 Kaepernick 58.5 Damien Oliver
8. $20.00 Flamberge 58.5 Brad Rawiller
9. $17.00 Rebel Dane 58.5 Ben Melham
10. $31.00 Hooked 58.5 Craig Williams
11. $10.00 Illustrious Lad 58.5 Hugh Bowman
12. $31.00 The Quarterback 58.5 Matthew Allen

Margins: 0.1 len, 1.25 len
Time: 1:10.11

The Gr2 Sunline Stakes and Gr3 Alexandra Stakes are also held on William Reid Stakes night at Mooney Valley

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William Reid Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Silent Sedition Hellbent Star Turn 1:10.1
2016 Flamberge Holler Japonisme 1:09.8
2015 Lucky Hussler Vain Queen Griante 1:10.3
2014 Spirit Of Boom Fontelina Unpretentious 1:11.1
2013 Black Caviar Karuta Queen Fawkner 1:11.0
2012 Foxwedge Hay List Buffering 1:10.2
2011 Black Caviar Crystal Lily Hinchinbrook 1:10.0
2010 Turffontein Wanted Sniper's Bullet 1:11.6
2009 Apache Cat Vormista Time Thief 1:09.6
2008 Apache Cat Stanzout Monet Rules 1:09.6
2007 Miss Andretti Any Suggestion Rewaaya 1:10.2
2006 Virage De Fortune Rewaaya Undue 1:10.0
2005 Cape Of Good Hope Super Elegant Spark Of Life 1:10.3
2004 Regimental Gal Our Egyptian Raine Legally Bay 1:10.3
2003 Yell Dash For Cash Spinning Hill 1:10.5
2002 Toledo Show A Heart North Boy 1:11.8
2001 Bomber Bill Scenic Warrior Nina Haraka 1:11.4
2000 Miss Pennymoney Redoutes Choice St Chrisoph 1:10.7
1999 Grand Archway Theatre Flavour 1:10.9
1998 Stella Cadente Al Mansour Spartacus 1:11.7
1997 Spartacus Mahogany Khaptingly 1:10.3
1996 Strategic Ranchos Coup Brawny Spirit 1:11.0
1995 Hareeba Spanish Mix Schillaci 1:07.9
1994 Lady Jakeo Hareeba Primacy 1:09.1
1993 Spanish Mix Schillaci Tanjian Prince 1:08.8
1992 Wrap Around Storaia Jakpil 1:09.2
1991 Redelva Mister Till With Me 1:09.6
1990 Lightning Bend Strawberry Ranch Stylish Century 1:09.0
1989 Zeditave Vo Rogue Special 1:09.5
1988 Vo Rogue Military Plume Groucho 1:09.9

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