William Reid Stakes

The William Reid Stakes is the last of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1 races taking place on a Friday night at Moonee Valley Racecourse in March.

2018 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Hellbent
  • 2nd: #4 Thronum
  • 3rd: #10 Catchy



The William Reid Stakes is one of the quality Group 1 races held at the esteemed Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. Taking place under the lights at the Valley in March each year, this 1200m sprint is conducted under weight-for-age conditions and offers prize money of $500,000.

Today the race is held as the feature race of the William Reid Stakes Night along with the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) as the final Group 1 meeting of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The 2018 William Reid Stakes took place under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 23, 2018 and was won by the Darren Weir-trained Hellbent.

William Reid Stakes 2018
Date: Friday March 23, 2018
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1925

There are a number of excellent lead-up races held earlier in the Melbourne Autumn Carnival that serve as a good guide for you William Reid Stakes wagers. The Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington is one such trial race punters should keep an eye on. The other is the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) run down the famous Flemington straight a fortnight before. The Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double was last achieved by superstar mare Black Caviar (2011).

2018 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Hellbent
  • 2nd: #4 Thronum
  • 3rd: #10 Catchy

Check out the official William Reid Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the barnstorming late and speedy win by the Darren Weir-trained Hellbent who ran down the front runner Thronum for his maiden Group 1 success in slick time after a second in the same event last autumn.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 HELLBENT Darren Weir Craig Williams 10 58.5kg $10
2 4 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 0.5L 3 58.5kg $8
3 10 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1.5L 4 54kg $15
4 3 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 2.25L 6 58.5kg $9
5 1 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 3.5L 5 58.5kg $7
6 5 BONS AWAY Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 4L 2 58.5kg $17
7 8 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 4.3L 7 56kg $6
8 9 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 6.55L 1 54kg $7
9 6 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 6.85L 8 56.5kg $5.50F
10 7 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 51.85L 9 56.5kg $31

2018 William Reid Stakes Tips

The Races.com.au team’s expert William Reid Stakes betting tips will be available below leading up to the race.

  • 1st: #8 Pariah
  • 2nd: #6 Secret Agenda
  • 3rd: #7 Fuhryk

Check out our full William Reid Stakes 2018 Tips & Betting Update now.

2018 William Reid Stakes Odds

The latest William Reid Stakes 2018 betting odds for the last of the Melbourne Autumn Group 1 races will be available below as soon as open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 William Reid Stakes Field

Each autumn the William Reid Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of proven Group 1 sprinters out of earlier lead-up races including the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap. Horses out of the field may continue onto Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) the following weekend at Royal Randwick. Black Caviar (2013) was the last winner of the William Reid Stakes – TJ Smith Stakes double.

The 2018 William Reid Stakes field will be announced below the Wednesday before the race and published in full below.

The official William Reid Stakes 2018 Final Field features 10 autumn sprinters with She Will Reign drawn barrier one. Firming favourite is Secret Agenda for Mick Price, the class mare chasing her second win on the trot this time in from barrier eight with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

Read more on the 2018 William Reid Stakes Field & Barriers.  

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x43765x54 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 5 58.5kg 104
2 423x654x53 HELLBENT Darren Weir Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 105
3 x930x15x45 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 6 58.5kg 104
4 306x13x140 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg 104
5 32111140×5 BONS AWAY Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 2 58.5kg 99
6 167x5114x1 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 8 56.5kg 112
7 21x78192x0 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 9 56.5kg 103
8 1220x129x PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 7 56kg 91
9 x121x10x10 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 1 54kg 111
10 0x21330x60 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4 54kg 102

William Reid Stakes Nominations

The official 2018 William Reid Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race and will be available right here once announced.

The William Reid Stakes 2018 Nominations attracted 15 sprinters led by last year’s Golden Slipper winning filly She Will Reign who took out the Moir Stakes at The Valley in the spring. Peter & Paul Snowden could run their 2017 Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah in the race over Sydney’s The Galaxy on Saturday due to the likely wet Rosehill track that day. The Lindsay Park-trained fillies Catchy & Tulip, along with class mare Secret Agenda also hold nominations for The Galaxy and William Reid Stakes.

View the She Will Reign-led 2018 William Reid Stakes Nominations.

William Reid Stakes History

The race is named after the renowned racehorse owner and banker William Reid. The race reached the peak of its prestige in 2005, and for two years was held as the second leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. It has now been replaced by The Age Classic.

First run in 1925, the William Reid Stakes was held over 6 furlongs until 1973 when Australia’s adoption of the metric system converted the distance to 1200m. Beginning as a Principal race, the William Reid Stakes reached group 2 status in 1980 and was finally elevated to its current Group 1 position in 1987. The race name was changed from the William Reid Stakes to the Australia Made Stakes in 1994 and then finally became known as the Australia Stakes from 1996 onwards. In 2010 the race name changed back to the William Reid Stakes.

A top quality field of sprinters compete in the William Reid Stakes each year and notable winners include Apace Cat (2008 & 2009), Hareeba (1995), Redelva (1991) and Zeditave (1989).

Recent William Reid Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
William Reid Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
William Reid Stakes
1st Hellbent 1 minute 9.36 seconds
2nd Thronum
3rd Catchy
2017
William Reid Stakes
1st Silent Sedition 1 minute 10.11 seconds
2nd Hellbent
3rd Star Turn
2016
William Reid Stakes
1st Flamberge 1 minute 09.85 seconds
2nd Holler
3rd Japonisme
2015
William Reid Stakes
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 10.36 seconds
2nd Vain Queen
3rd Griante
2014
William Reid Stakes
1st Spirit Of Boom 1 minute 11.17 seconds
2nd Fontelina
3rd Unpretentious
2013
William Reid Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 11.08 seconds
2nd Karuta Queen
3rd Fawkner
2012
William Reid Stakes
1st Foxwedge 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Hay List
3rd Buffering
2011
William Reid Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Crystal Lily
3rd Hinchinbrook
2010
William Reid Stakes
1st Turffontein 1 minute 11.67 seconds
2nd Wanted
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2009
Australia Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Vormista
3rd Time Thief
2008
Australia Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Stanzout
3rd Monet Rules
2007
Australia Stakes
1st Miss Andrettie 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Any Suggestion
3rd Rewaaya
2006
Australia Stakes
1st Virage De Fortune 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Rewaaya
3rd Undue
2005
Australia Stakes
1st Cape Of Good Hop 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Spark Of Life
2004
Australia Stakes
1st Regimental Gal 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Legally Bay
2003
Australia Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Spinning Hill
2002
Australia Stakes
1st Toledo 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd North Boy
2001
Australia Stakes
1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Scenic Warrior
3rd Nina Haraka
2000
Australia Stakes
1st Miss Pennymoney 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Redoutes Choice
3rd St Chrisoph

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