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 run under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday night 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 and is run under the lights as the feature event of William Reid Stakes Night.
Contested over 1200m it is a weight-for-age race for sprinters and has a field limit of 14 runners competing for $500,000 in total prize money.
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. 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 runs on Friday March 22, 2019 .
2019 William Reid Stakes Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
William Reid Stakes Race Info
- Date: Friday March 22, 2019
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $500,000
- First Run: 1925
2019 William Reid Stakes Results
The William Reid Stakes Results 2019 and finishing order for the Moonee Valley Group 1 race will be known on Friday March 22, 2019 and published right here.
William Reid Stakes Odds
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 paired with the Moonee Valley night features. Just two of the 16 William Reid Stakes winners from 2003 – 2018 finished worse than third in their Group lead-up run.
From 2006 – 2018 the favourites in the William Reid Stakes odds saluted for the punters four times including champion mare Black Caviar (2011 and 2013). Horses drawn wide are also risky in William Reid Stakes betting with Toledo (10 in 2002), Silent Sedition (10 in 2017) and Hellbent (10 in 2018) the only winners from a double digit barrier in over 30 years.
2019 William Reid Stakes Betting
The top William Reid Stakes 2019 odds on the final Group 1 sprint in Melbourne for the autumn 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.
William Reid Stakes Field
The William Reid Stakes 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.
Flamberge (inside) continued the good record of six-year-olds in the William Reid Stakes results for his 2016 win. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.
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 six of the 16 William Reid Stakes winners from 2002 – 2018. The last horse to complete the Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double was Black Caviar (2011) who also won the latter in 2013.
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. 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.
2019 William Reid Stakes Field
The William Reid Stakes field 2019 and barrier draw will be published below on Wednesday March 20, 2019 so stay tuned.
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2019 William Reid Stakes Nominations
The early William Reid Stakes 2019 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.
The 2018 William Reid Stakes Nominations attracted 15 hopefuls including the Oakleigh Plate runner-up Snitty Kitty, last start Flemington winning mare Secret Agenda who is also The Galaxy nominated for Sydney on Saturday and of course early favourite She Will Reign who won the Moir Stakes at the track in the spring.
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.
Mares have a strong record over the boys in the William Reid Stakes in recent years with six wins since 2004, while four three-year-olds have beaten the older horses in the race since 2003. 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.
2019 William Reid Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider William Reid Stakes 2019 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 Friday night feature this autumn.
- 1st: #2 Voodoo Lad
- 2nd: #5 Shoals
- 3rd: #9 Written By
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.
William Reid Stakes Form Facts
- From 2007 – 2018 five William Reid Stakes betting favourites saluted for the punters
- A Flemington run in the lead-up is the best William Reid Stakes form guide with all but three of the winners from 2008 – 2018 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 – 2018
- Horses drawn in barriers one and two have the best record in the race in the past decade
2019 William Reid Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive William Reid Stakes 2019 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 results in the past decade have also occurred including 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 Black Caviar (2011 and 2013), Apache Cat (2008 and 2009), Miss Andretti (2007) and Regimental Gal (2004).
William Reid Stakes Winners
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