William Reid Stakes

The $1 million William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 sprint held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival at Moonee Valley Racecourse in March.

2024 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Imperatriz
  • 2nd: #4 Johnny Rocker
  • 3rd: #7 I Am Me



The William Reid Stakes is one of the quality Group 1 races held at the esteemed Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. Formerly held on a Friday night at The Valley, the 2024 William Reid Stakes runs on a Saturday in March on the same day Sydney hosts its Golden Slipper Stakes Day card.

This 1200m sprint is conducted under weight-for-age conditions and offers prize money of $1,000,000 as of 2022.

William Reid Stakes Day features four other Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Group races including the Group 2 $500,000 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) and the Group 2 $300,000 Sunline Stakes (1600m).

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 before Imperatriz (2024). 

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).

Imperatriz (2nd in 2024) was the last Newmarket Handicap graduate to back-up and win the William Reid Stakes.

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 The Everest race in Sydney, which is now worth $20 million.

The 2022 William Reid Stakes winner September Run came off a third in the Newmarket Handicap to post her first victory since the 2020 Coolmore Stud Stakes. She went on to frank the William Reid Stakes form running third next-up in Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m). The William Reid Stakes runner-up Halvorsen further franked the form in Adelaide that season finishing second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

In 2023 the William Reid Stakes winner Imperatriz came off a Sydney lead-up having run second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) leading up to her Moonee Valley Group 1 victory.

Imperatriz firmly franked the William Reid Stakes form going on to win her next four starts on the trot including Group 1 victories in the Moir Stakes, Manikato Stakes, and Champions Sprint.

Imperatriz returned in 2024 for a successful William Reid Stakes title defence as the $1.70 odds-on favourite claiming her 10th career Group 1.

The 2024 William Reid Stakes took place on Saturday March 23, 2024 and was won by Mark Walker’s Moonee Valley specialist and defending champion Imperatriz ($1.70F) who went back-to-back to take her record at the track up to five-from-five. 

William Reid Stakes 2024
Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1925

2024 William Reid Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Imperatriz ($1.70F)
  • 2nd: #4 Johnny Rocker
  • 3rd: #7 I Am Me

Mark Walker’s brilliant mare Imperatriz ($1.70F) saluted for the punters retaining her flawless Moonee Valley record holding off the 70/1 outsider Johnny Rocker for a narrow but impressive victory in the 2024 William Reid Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the successful title defence in the William Reid Stakes 2024 by Imperatriz.

2024 William Reid Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 9 56.5kg $1.70F
2 4 JOHNNY ROCKER Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 0.2L 10 58.5kg $71
3 7 I AM ME Ciaron Maher Ben Melham 2.2L 2 56.5kg $6.50
4 6 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher John Allen 2.3L 3 56.5kg $5
5 2 THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Jake Noonan 3.3L 7 58.5kg $101
6 9 HYPOTHETICAL Anthony & Sam Freedman Michael Dee 3.7L 5 56.5kg $21
7 3 QUEMAN Shane & Cassie Oxlade Harry Coffey 4.2L 4 58.5kg $31
8 8 QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Billy Egan 6.2L 6 56.5kg $101
9 1 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Declan Bates 6.5L 8 58.5kg $51
10 10 CYLINDER James Cummings Beau Mertens 6.6L 1 56kg $9
11 KING’S GAMBIT Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Mott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 William Reid Stakes Betting Odds

The latest William Reid Stakes 2024 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) and Imperatriz ($3.60 in 2023 and $1.70 in 2024) are the last favourites in William Reid Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

There was a huge result in 2022 with September Run ($17) defeating two $61 roughies home in a race where the odds-on favourite Marabi ran fifth.

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2024 William Reid Stakes Form Guide

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2024 William Reid Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive William Reid Stakes 2024 Tips on the autumn sprint at The Valley.

  • To Win: #5 Imperatriz ($1.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW 

Mark Walker’s mare enters the William Reid Stakes as the clear favourite after a narrow second in the Newmarket Handicap when carrying a significant weight burden. This talented sprinter boasts a perfect record (4 wins from 4 starts) at Moonee Valley racetrack, including a victory in last year’s edition of this race. Drawn wide out, which may be strategically advantageous, she’s already defeated most of her rivals and appears well-positioned to secure her tenth career Group 1 win under jockey Opie Bosson.

2024 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 2024 William Reid Stakes field will be announced below the Tuesday before the race and published in full below.

The William Reid Stakes 2024 final field features 11 autumn sprinters with the Mark Walker-trained defending champion Imperatriz clear favourite out in gate 10 to take out her 10th Group 1 trophy.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 William Reid Stakes field and betting markets.

  • Scratchings Update: #11 King’s Gambit (5) has been scratched in favour of a run in Sydney’s Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 62725×9573 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Declan Bates 9 58.5kg 104
2 x9275x440x THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Jake Noonan 8 58.5kg 101
3 631x117x11 QUEMAN Shane & Cassie Oxlade Harry Coffey 4 58.5kg 105
4 17x244x271 JOHNNY ROCKER Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 11 58.5kg 75
5 21x1111x12 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 10 56.5kg 119
6 6x33315x45 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher John Allen 3 56.5kg 114
7 117x16122x I AM ME Ciaron Maher Ben Melham 2 56.5kg 110
8 8x27415x07 QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Billy Egan 7 56.5kg 96
9 3x24221x42 HYPOTHETICAL Anthony & Sam Freedman Michael Dee 6 56.5kg 104
10 7x11350x61 CYLINDER James Cummings Beau Mertens 1 56kg 113
11 1x233x31x8 KING’S GAMBIT Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Mott 5 56kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

William Reid Stakes Nominations

The official 2024 William Reid Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race and will be available right here once announced.

Mark Walker’s nine-time winning mare Imperatriz is clear favourite of the early 2024 William Reid Stakes nominations to return to winning form after her second with the big weight in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap last start.

Nominations extended until 4:00pm (AEDT) on 18/03/2024

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6x33315x45 BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher 114
2 9464x370x0 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 103
3 7x11350x61 CYLINDER C 3 James Cummings 113
4 3x24221x42 HYPOTHETICAL M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
5 117x16122x I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher 110
6 21x1111x12 IMPERATRIZ M 5 Mark Walker 119
7 17x244x271 JOHNNY ROCKER H 4 Nick Ryan 75
8 1x233x31x8 KING’S GAMBIT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
9 8x27415x07 QUEEN OF THE BALL M 4 Michael Freedman 96
10 631x117x11 QUEMAN G 5 Shane & Cassie Oxlade 105
11 0412x7113x SHE DANCES M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 101
12 2x21615x00 SKEW WIFF (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker 105
13 62725×9573 THE ASTROLOGIST G 7 Leon & Troy Corstens 104
14 x9275x440x THE INFERNO G 7 Cliff Brown 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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).

Imperatriz (2023-24) is the last back-to-back William Reid Stakes champion.

Recent William Reid Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
William Reid Stakes
1st Imperatriz 1 minute 9.99 seconds
2nd Johnny Rocker
3rd I Am Me
2023
William Reid Stakes
1st Imperatriz 1 minute 10.55 seconds
2nd Bella Nipotina
3rd Roch ‘N’ Horse
2022
William Reid Stakes
1st September Run 1 minute 9.92 seconds
2nd Halvorsen
3rd General Beau
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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