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.

2020 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Loving Gaby
  • 2nd: #3 Gytrash
  • 3rd: #9 Bivouac



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.

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 2020 William Reid Stakes took place under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 20, 2020 and was won by track specialist Loving Gaby. 

William Reid Stakes 2020
Date: Friday March 20, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1925

2020 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Loving Gaby
  • 2nd: #3 Gytrash
  • 3rd: #9 Bivouac

Star filly Loving Gaby ($5.50) made it a Moonee Valley night double, adding the successful 2020 William Reid Stakes result to her 2019 Manikato Stakes victory under the lights. Improving on a Newmarket Handicap second, the daughter of I Am Invincible made it a hat-trick at the track with Craig Williams giving her the perfect ride before she hit the front upon and flew home for a dominant 1.25 length win over the Black Caviar Lightning champ Gytrash ($15). Race favourite, Newmarket Handicap winning colt Bivouac ($2.10) led the field around but failed to salute for the punters again, having to settle for third.

Click here to read more on the TJ Smith Stakes-bound 2020 William Reid Stakes winner Loving Gaby.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 11 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 5 54kg $5.50
2 3 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 1.25L 4 58.5kg $15
3 9 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2.75L 1 56kg $2.10F
4 7 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Ben Melham 3.25L 10 56.5kg $13
5 6 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 3.45L 6 56.5kg $21
6 10 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4.7L 8 56kg $8
7 4 VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jye McNeil 5L 9 58.5kg $31
8 8 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5.1L 7 56.5kg $41
9 1 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 5.2L 3 58.5kg $14
10 2 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Michael Dee 5.95L 11 58.5kg $101
11 5 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6.15L 2 58.5kg $26

2020 William Reid Stakes Odds

The latest William Reid Stakes 2020 betting odds for the last of the Melbourne Autumn Group 1 races will be available below as soon as open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 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 2020 William Reid Stakes field will be announced below the Wednesday before the race and published in full below.

Newmarket Handicap winning three-year-old Bivouac chases a Group 1 sprint double lining-up from barrier one in the 11-horse William Reid Stakes 2020 final field at The Valley on Friday night.

Click here to read more on the 2020 William Reid Stakes field dominated by the Group 1 winning three-year-olds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 53x1215x16 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 3 58.5kg 113
2 1x153x493x ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Michael Dee 11 58.5kg 105
3 13011x2x13 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 4 58.5kg 111
4 13x13x422x VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jye McNeil 9 58.5kg 106
5 00x1336x24 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2 58.5kg 107
6 1111x1255x MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 6 56.5kg 114
7 27x11102x1 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Ben Melham 10 56.5kg 108
8 7x4498x332 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 56.5kg 93
9 x121162x61 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 56kg 116
10 13x1331x6 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 8 56kg 110
11 22x1212x32 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 5 54kg 112

William Reid Stakes Nominations

The official 2020 William Reid Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race and will be available right here once announced.

The William Reid Stakes 2020 nominations drew 18 sprinters including Chris Waller’s VRC Classic champion Nature Strip, Newmarket Handicap winning three-year-old Bivouac and the gun filly Loving Gaby who has Group 1 winning form at The Valley track.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 14x4141x41 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 1 58.5kg 116
2 1111x1255x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 4 Adam Trinder 2 56.5kg 114
3 53x1215x16 SCALES OF JUSTICE G 7 Lindsey Smith 3 58.5kg 113
4 x121162x61 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 4 56kg 116
5 22x1212x32 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 54kg 112
6 1x153x493x ROCK MAGIC G 10 Chris Gangemi 6 58.5kg 105
7 20x1487x01 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 58.5kg 106
8 13x1331x6 EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 56kg 110
9 13011x2x13 GYTRASH H 4 Gordon Richards 9 58.5kg 111
10 2112×1111 RUBISAKI F 3 Patrick Payne 10 54kg 96
11 13x13x422x VITAL SILVER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce 11 58.5kg 106
12 132x721x04 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 12 56.5kg 107
13 00x1336x24 ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 13 58.5kg 107
14 27x11102x1 PIPPIE M 4 John & Chris Meagher 14 56.5kg 108
15 2x41011x77 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 15 56.5kg 103
16 0130x990x9 FLEET REVIEW (USA) H 5 Alexander Rae 16 58.5kg 97
17 7x4498x332 EMBRACE ME (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 17 56.5kg 93
18 25x2255x49 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 58.5kg 102

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 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
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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