William Reid Stakes 2020

Friday March 20, 2020

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. 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.

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 Friday March 20, 2020 and was won by the filly Loving Gaby. 

William Reid Stakes Race Info

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

2020 William Reid Stakes Results

The William Reid Stakes Results 2020 and finishing order for the Moonee Valley Group 1 race will be known on Friday March 20, 2020 and published right here.

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

Manikato Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby continued her ace record at The Valley, improving on a lead-up Newmarket Handicap second to beat home Gytrash (2nd) and the beaten favourite Bivouac (3rd) under the lights.

It was the same trifecta as in Flemington’s Newmarket where the Godolphin-raced colt Bivouac beat home Loving Gaby and the Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash.

Loving Gaby will now head towards Sydney’s Group 1 $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 4 for another likely clash with Bivouac.

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

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 17 William Reid Stakes winners from 2003 – 2020 finished worse than third in their Group lead-up run.

From 2006 – 2020 the favourites in the William Reid Stakes odds saluted for the punters five times including champion mare Black Caviar (2011 and 2013) and most recently Sunlight ($1.70 in 2019).

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.

2020 William Reid Stakes Betting

The top William Reid Stakes 2020 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.

William Reid Stakes odds are at double-figures for the 2016 winner Flamberge

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 17 William Reid Stakes winners from 2002 – 2020. 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.

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.

2020 William Reid Stakes Field

The William Reid Stakes field 2020 and barrier draw will be published below on Wednesday March 18, 2020 so stay tuned.

The 2020 William Reid Stakes final field features 11 sprinters with the favourite, Newmarket Handicap champ Bivouac, drawn ideally with the inside run from barrier one.

# 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

2020 William Reid Stakes Nominations

The early William Reid Stakes 2020 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 star-studded 2020 William Reid Stakes nominations feature a host of previous Group 1 winners including last start Newmarket Handicap champ Bivouac chasing the double Sunlight (2019) completed 12 months ago, and class filly Loving Gaby looking to go back-to-back for the three-year-old girls in the race.

# 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 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 eight wins since 2004, 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.

2020 William Reid Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider William Reid Stakes 2020 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.

  • To Win: #11 Loving Gaby ($5) 

Bivouac was very good winning the Newmarket Handicap last start and gets the rails run from barrier one at The Valley, but this filly is the proven Moonee Valley specialist in the mix undefeated at the track. She last ran here winning the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes in the spring and the price looks nice for her to make it at hat-trick here. Third-up, ready to fire and improve on her 2.5 lengths back third in the Newmarket down the straight at Flemington.

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 – 2020 six William Reid Stakes betting favourites saluted for the punters most recently Sunlight ($1.70 in 2019)
  • A Flemington run in the lead-up is the best William Reid Stakes form guide with all but three of the winners from 2008 – 2020 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 – 2020
  • Horses drawn in barriers one and two have the best record in the race in the past decade

2020 William Reid Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive William Reid Stakes 2020 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 Loving Gaby (2020), Sunlight (2019), Black Caviar (2011 and 2013), Apache Cat (2008 and 2009), Miss Andretti (2007) and Regimental Gal (2004).

William Reid Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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