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 2019 William Reid Stakes was won by Sunlight from Spright with Ellicazoom 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 20th March 2020|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
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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. Sunlight (2019) is the last galloper to capture the Newmarket Handicap & William Reid Stakes double. 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.
Sunlight (2019) took out the Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington before proving too classy for her rivals in this event for the Tony McEvoy stable.
Recent William Reid Stakes winners include Hellbent (2018) and Silent Sedition (2017).
1. $1.70 Sunlight 54.0 Luke Currie
2. $7.50 Spright 56.5 Jason Collett
3. $51.00 Ellicazoom 56.5 Craig Williams
4. $31.00 Dothraki 58.5 Damian Lane
5. $13.00 Fell Swoop 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
6. $5.50 Written By 56.0 Jordan Childs
7. $18.00 Embrace Me 54.0 Damien Oliver
8. $61.00 Battle Hero 58.5 Beau Mertens
F $21.00 Voodoo Lad 58.5 Ben Melham
Margins: 0.75 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|