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.

2022 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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 $1,000,000 as of 2022.

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.

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 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington is one such trial race punters should keep an eye on. That earlier race’s namesake, Black Caviar (2013), was the last sprinter to complete the Lightning – William Reid Stakes double.

The other key lead-up race 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 Sunlight (2019).

In 2020 the same three horses filled the trifecta in both the Newmarket Handicap (Bivouac, Loving Gaby, Gytrash) and the William Reid Stakes (Loving Gaby, Gytrash, Bivouac).

The 2021 William Reid Stakes winner Masked Crusader went on to run second to Nature Strip in that spring’s $15 million The Everest race in Sydney.

The 2022 William Reid Stakes takes place under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 25th, 2022. 

William Reid Stakes 2022
Date: Friday March 25th, 2022
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1925

2022 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2022 William Reid Stakes Betting

The latest William Reid Stakes 2022 betting odds for the last of the Melbourne Autumn Group 1 races will be available below as soon as open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Sunline ($1.70 in 2019) was the last favourite in William Reid Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 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 2022 William Reid Stakes field will be announced below the Wednesday before the race and published in full below.

William Reid Stakes Nominations

The official 2022 William Reid Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race and will be available right here once announced.

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 Masked Crusader (2021), The Valley specialist Loving Gaby (2020), Sunlight (2019), Black Caviar (2001 & 13), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hareeba (1995), Redelva (1991) and Zeditave (1989).

Recent William Reid Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
William Reid Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2021
William Reid Stakes
1st Masked Crusader 1 minute 9.29 seconds
2nd Portland Sky
3rd Libertini
2020
William Reid Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 1 minute 9.44 seconds
2nd Gytrash
3rd Bivouac
2019
William Reid Stakes
1st Sunlight 1 minute 9.77 seconds
2nd Spright
3rd Ellicazoom
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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