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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.
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
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
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