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 2018 William Reid Stakes was won by Hellbent from Thronum with Catchy 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.
|Date:||Friday 23rd March 2018|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
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.
Female jockey Katelyn Mallyon captured her first first Group 1 victory when she guided Silent Sedition (2017) to victory in the William Reid Stakes.
Hellbent (2018) ran third to Russian Revolution in the Gr1 oakleigh plate over 1100m at Caulfield before proving too classy in this event and recent William Reid Stakes winners include Silent Sedition (2017) and Flamberge (2016).
1. $10.00 Hellbent 58.5 Craig Williams
2. $8.00 Thronum 58.5 Mark Zahra
3. $15.00 Catchy 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $9.00 Supido 58.5 Beau Mertens
5. $7.00 Rock Magic 58.5 Damian Lane
6. $17.00 Bons Away 58.5 Ms Linda Meech
7. $6.00 Pariah 56.0 Blake Shinn
8. $7.00 She Will Reign 54.0 Ben Melham
9. $5.50 Secret Agenda 56.5 Damien Oliver
10. $31.00 Fuhryk 56.5 Stephen Baster
Margins: 0.5 len, 1 len
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|2017||Silent Sedition||Hellbent||Star Turn||1:10.1|
|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|
|2011||Black Caviar||Crystal Lily||Hinchinbrook||1:10.0|
|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|
|1998||Stella Cadente||Al Mansour||Spartacus||1:11.7|
|1996||Strategic||Ranchos Coup||Brawny Spirit||1:11.0|
|1993||Spanish Mix||Schillaci||Tanjian Prince||1:08.8|
|1991||Redelva||Mister Till||With Me||1:09.6|
|1990||Lightning Bend||Strawberry Ranch||Stylish Century||1:09.0|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Military Plume||Groucho||1:09.9|