William Reid Stakes 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Newmarket Handicap is the best lead-up race into the William Reid Stakes in recent years.

The William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 race at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It is one of the final Melbourne feature races of the season scheduled before top-level racing moves to Sydney.

In recent years it has been run under the lights on a Friday night but in 2024 takes place on the same Saturday Sydney hosts the Golden Slipper.

2022 William Reid Stakes Winner September Run

2022 William Reid Stakes winner September Run. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Contested over 1200m it is a weight-for-age race for sprinters and has a field limit of 14 runners competing for $1,000,000 in total prize money as of 2022.

The key lead-up race into the William Reid Stakes is the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) run over the same distance down the Flemington straight a fortnight earlier.

Sunlight (2019) was the last sprinter to complete the Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double, while the next year Newmarket runner-up Loving Gaby (2020) went one better becoming the second straight filly to win the William Reid Stakes.

In 2022 the William Reid Stakes winner September Run improved on a Newmarket Handicap third for her upset at $17.

The 2023 Newmarket Handicap also produced that year’s William Reid champion with the defending winner Imperatriz improving on her second in the Flemington race when carrying the 58kg topweight before returning to The Valley and WFA.

Many William Reid Stakes horses often head to Sydney next targeting the TJ Smith Stakes on Doncaster Mile Day or the All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick after the two-day The Championships in April.

The last horse to win the William Reid Stakes – TJ Smith Stakes double without a run in between was Black Caviar (2013), while the Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double was also achieved by the superstar mare in 2011.

The latest edition of the William Reid Stakes ran on Saturday March 23, 2024 with Imperatriz ($1.70F) defending her title with her fifth win from as many starts at The Valley and her 10th career Group 1 success. 

2024 William Reid Stakes Results

The William Reid Stakes Results 2024 and finishing order for the Moonee Valley Group 1 race will be known on Saturday March 23, 2024 and published right here.

2024 William Reid Stakes winner Imperatriz

2024 William Reid Stakes winner Imperatriz was good again returning to Group 1 winning form for her 10th elite level success. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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

The Mark Walker-trained Kiwi Imperatriz ($1.70F) successfully made it back-to-back wins in the 2024 William Reid Stakes results defending her title as the odds-on favourite to become a 10-time Group 1 winning mare at her pet Moonee Valley track after holding out a late charge by 70/1 outsider Johnny Rocker.

2024 William Reid Stakes Odds

The top William Reid Stakes 2024 odds on the Group 1 autumn sprint will be available below the week of the race so make sure you check back to get behind your favourite Moonee Valley track specialists at the right price.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 William Reid Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

William Reid Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1925

William Reid Stakes Betting

William Reid Stakes betting is led by sprinters that come via a top three run in the Newmarket Handicap or Lightning Stakes earlier in the autumn.

These two autumn races have provided more William Reid Stakes winners than any other events and make popular betting doubles.

Just two of the 21 William Reid Stakes winners from 2003 – 2024 finished worse than third in their Group lead-up run.

From 2006 – 2024 the favourites in the William Reid Stakes odds saluted for the punters seven times including champion mare Black Caviar (2011 and 2013), Sunlight ($1.70 in 2019), and fellow mare Imperatriz ($3.60 in 2023 and $1.70 in 2024).

Horses drawn wide are also risky in William Reid Stakes betting with Toledo (10 in 2002), Silent Sedition (10 in 2017), Hellbent (10 in 2018), and September Run (10 in 2022) the only winners from a double digit barrier in over 30 years.

William Reid Stakes Field

The William Reid Stakes race field has a capacity of 14 starters and was last run at capacity in 2015 when Lucky Hussler won as an 11/1 shot. From 2009 – 2012 the race attracted only seven or eight runners in the field with superstar sprinters Apache Cat and Black Caviar scaring away the rivals.

Traditionally horses come into the William Reid Stakes field via a lead-up run in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) two weeks earlier at Flemington or the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) in late February.

The Newmarket Handicap and Black Caviar Stakes produced all but seven of the 20 William Reid Stakes winners from 2002 – 2024. The latest horses to complete the Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double were Black Caviar (2011) who also won the latter in 2013 and Sunlight (2019).

The Lightning Stakes – William Reid Stakes double was most recently secured by another double winner of the Moonee Valley feature when Apache Cat scored his first in 2008, followed by Black Caviar (2013) who the first leg of the double (Black Caviar Lightning) is now named in honour of.

In 2023 Imperatriz came via a different lead-up improving on her second in Sydney’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) to win at The Valley.

Imperatriz returned in 2024 to go back-to-back in the William Reid Stakes following a win in the Black Caviar Lightning and Newmarket Handicap second that autumn.

William Reid Stakes nominations close the Monday prior to the race with the field out on the Wednesday when the William Reid Stakes barrier draw is also conducted.

2024 William Reid Stakes Field

The William Reid Stakes field 2024 and barrier draw will be published below on Wednesday March 20, 2024 so stay tuned.

Reigning champion Imperatriz chasing Group 1 win number 10 headlines the eleven-sprinter 2024 William Reid Stakes final field this weekend at The Valley.

William Reid Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #11 King’s Gambit (5) – runs in Sydney’s Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

2024 William Reid Stakes Nominations

The early William Reid Stakes 2024 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published right here so stay tuned to see what sprinters make up the original entries for the sprint.

Star mare Imperatriz off her brave second with 58kg in the Newmarket heads all-in betting on Saturday’s 2024 William Reid Stakes nominations in Melbourne.

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 Tips

The best William Reid Stakes tips are to back in-form autumn sprinters coming off a placing in the Newmarket Handicap or Lightning Stakes. It is also a top William Reid Stakes tip to back a horse drawn no wider than nine with the most successful barrier since 1983 producing seven winners being gate one – the inside alley.

Fillies & mares have a strong record over the boys in the William Reid Stakes in recent years with 11 wins since 2004 most recently September Run (2022) and Imperatriz (2023 & 2024), while six three-year-olds have beaten the older horses in the race since 2003 including the fillies Sunlight (2019) and Loving Gaby (2020).

Looking for gallopers with proven form on tight tracks like the Moonee Valley circuit is also a good betting tip for the William Reid Stakes.

2024 William Reid Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider William Reid Stakes 2024 tips and exotic Group 1 betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprinters to back and sack in the Group 1 The Valley feature this autumn.

  • To Win: #5 Imperatriz ($1.85 at time of publish) – BET NOW 

She is odds-on to bounce back from her Newmarket Handicap second with that big top weight and hard to see her not doing so. Group 1 win number 10 is pending and Mark Walker’s classy Kiwi looks set to collect. Drawn wider out, but that suits, and she’s unbeaten (4:4-0-0) at The Valley circuit. She won this last year and looks every hope of going back-to-back. WFA and Moonee Valley, Opie Bosson stays on, has beaten the majority of these and will do so again. Wins.

2023 William Reid Stakes Winner Imperatriz

2023 William Reid Stakes winner Imperatriz. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

William Reid Stakes Form Guide

The William Reid Stakes form guide shows the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form for all the horses in the field.

Keeping an eye on sprinters coming off a good run in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap is a top tip as is checking the barrier draw with the William Reid Stakes favouring those drawn the inside alley.

Jockey Glen Boss rode two William Reid Stakes winners with Turfontein (2010) and Lucky Hussler (2010) so checking the jockeys in the form guide is also a good idea for successful punting on the classic.

The 2022 William Reid form was franked with the winner Sunlight finishing third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide next-up. The William Reid second place-getter Halvorsen also placed that autumn in an Adelaide Group 1 when runner-up in The Goodwood results.

Imperatriz franked the William Reid Stakes 2023 form winning her next four race starts including a Group 1 double at the track in the Moir Stakes and Manikato in the spring, as well as Flemington’s Champions Sprint that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

She enjoyed another William Reid Stakes win in 2024 to become a 10-time Group 1 champion.

William Reid Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2007 – 2024 eight William Reid Stakes betting favourites saluted for the punters most recently Sunlight ($1.70 in 2019) and Imperatriz ($3.60 in 2023 and $1.70 in 2024).
  • A Flemington run in the lead-up is the best William Reid Stakes form guide with all but six of the winners from 2008 – 2024 coming off either the Lighting Stakes or Newmarket Handicap.
  • Six-year-olds have a dominant record in the William Reid Stakes results with four wins from 2009 – 2024.
  • Horses drawn in barriers one and two have the best record in the race in the past decade.

2024 William Reid Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive William Reid Stakes 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

William Reid Stakes Results

While favourites have a strong recent record in the race upsets in the William Reid Stakes race results in the past decade have also occurred including September Run ($17 in 2022), Foxwedge ($12 in 2012) and Turffontein ($12 in 2010).

The longest priced William Reid Stakes winner in the past three decades was Toledo ($31 in 2002).

Some notable William Reid Stakes winners in recent years include include Masked Crusader (2021), Loving Gaby (2020), Sunlight (2019), Black Caviar (2011 and 2013), Apache Cat (2008 and 2009), Miss Andretti (2007), and Regimental Gal (2004).

Imperatriz (2023 & 2024) was the last William Reid Stakes winning mare.

Loving Gaby (2020) was the last three-year-old William Reid Stakes winner.

Spanish Mix holds the current 1200m William Reid Stakes race record winning in 1993 in 1 minute 08:80 seconds.

Past William Reid Stakes Winners

Recent William Reid Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 Imeratriz Johnny Rocker I Am Me 1:09.99
2023 Imperatriz Bella Nipotina Roch ‘N’ Horse 1:10.5
2022 September Run Halvorsen General Beau 1:09.9
2021 Masked Crusader Portland Sky Libertini 1:09.2
2020 Loving Gaby Gytrash Bivouac 1:09.4
2019 Sunlight Spright Ellicazoom 1:09.7
2018 Hellbent Thronum Catchy 1:09.3
2017 Silent Sedition Hellbent Star Turn 1:10.1
2016 Flamberge Holler Japonisme 1:09.8
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
2012 Foxwedge Hay List Buffering 1:10.2
2011 Black Caviar Crystal Lily Hinchinbrook 1:10.0
2010 Turffontein Wanted Sniper’s Bullet 1:11.6
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