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 ran on March 24, 2017.
2017 William Reid Stakes Results
- 1st: Silent Sedition
- 2nd: Hellbent
- 3rd: Star Turn
William Reid Stakes Race Info
- Date: March 24, 2017
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $500,000
- First Run: 1925
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 15 William Reid Stakes winners from 2003 – 2017 finished worse than third in their Group lead-up run.
From 2006 – 2017 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) and Silent Sedition (10 in 2017) the only winners from a double digit barrier in over 30 years.
2017 William Reid Stakes Betting
The top William Reid Stakes 2017 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.
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 five of the 15 William Reid Stakes winners from 2002 – 2017. 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.
2017 William Reid Stakes Field
The William Reid Stakes field 2017 and barrier draw will be published below on Wednesday March 22, 2017 so stay tuned.
The 2017 William Reid Stakes Final Field originally attracted thirteen sprinters, but the early scratching of the widely-drawn Kuro (13) leaves a dozen in the mix for Friday night’s feature race. Key runners include the consistent Lindsay Park-trained mare Sheidel who won the Oakleigh Plate two back and the Coolmore Classic runner-up Silent Sedition who looks overs in William Reid Stakes betting.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||94x236710x||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Ben Melham||7||58.5kg||111|
|2||100x98x440||FLAMBERGE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||58.5kg||111|
|3||1539x146x0||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||12||58.5kg||108|
|4||313x6039x6||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||2||58.5kg||108|
|5||900x70x9x2||HOOKED||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||11||58.5kg||103|
|6||3x3221123x||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||6||58.5kg||105|
|7||360×221712||KURO (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||13||58.5kg||105|
|8||21x1212x50||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||Peter Gelagotis||Hugh Bowman||8||58.5kg||104|
|9||x10x3021x8||KAEPERNICK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Damien Oliver||4||58.5kg||102|
|10||x10113x344||HELLBENT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||5||58.5kg||99|
|11||x421152x14||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Blake Shinn||9||56.5kg||111|
|12||12x231x212||SILENT SEDITION||Andrew Noblet||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||10||56.5kg||105|
|13||56x1213x33||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3||56kg||109|
2017 William Reid Stakes Nominations
Racing Victoria took the official William Reid Stakes 2017 nominations on Monday and the Group 1 autumn sprint under the lights attracted twenty-five early entries including the three-year-old colt Star Turn and Lindsay Park’s consistent mare Sheidel who ran third and fourth respectively last start in the Newmarket Handicap.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||933x242x11||BASSETT (NZ)||G||4||Mick Price||95|
|2||2x600x2117||DAL CIELO (NZ)||G||4||Kris Lees||93|
|3||1117×232||ECHO EFFECT||G||3||Kristen Buchanan||80|
|7||154231×271||I AM A STAR (NZ)||F||3||Shane Nichols||105|
|8||21x1212x50||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||G||5||Peter Gelagotis||104|
|10||x10x3021x8||KAEPERNICK||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||102|
|11||360×221712||KURO (NZ)||G||5||Joseph Pride||105|
|13||94x236710x||REBEL DANE||H||7||Gary Portelli||111|
|14||3x3221123x||ROCK MAGIC||G||7||Chris Gangemi||105|
|15||27024x167x||SECRET AGENDA||M||4||Mick Price||100|
|16||x421152x14||SHEIDEL||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||111|
|17||12x231x212||SILENT SEDITION||M||4||Andrew Noblet||105|
|19||0111x12x29||SPIETH (NZ)||H||4||Bryce Heys||109|
|20||56x1213x33||STAR TURN||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||109|
|21||3397293235||SUNDAY ESCAPE||G||6||Andrew Murray||81|
|22||667x1310x4||SWEET SHERRY||F||3||Paul Banks||80|
|23||42x256Px1x||TARGET IN SIGHT||G||7||Joseph Pride||105|
|24||1539x146x0||THE QUARTERBACK||G||6||Robbie Griffiths||108|
|25||842990×613||WELL SPRUNG||G||4||Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor||92|
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.
2017 William Reid Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider William Reid Stakes 2017 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.
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 – 2017 four of the 11 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 two of the winners from 2008 – 2017 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 – 2017
- Horses drawn in barriers one and two have the best record in the race in the past decade
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 winners of the race include Black Caviar (2011 and 2013), Apache Cat (2008 and 2009), Miss Andretti (2007) and Regimental Gal (2004).
Notable recent Vinery Stud Stakes winners include Lucia Valentina (2014), Mosheen (2012), Faint Perfume (2010) and Miss Finland (2007).
2017 William Reid Stakes Results
The William Reid Stakes Results 2017 and finishing order for the Moonee Valley Group 1 race will be known on March 24, 2017.
|1||12||SILENT SEDITION||Andrew Noblet||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||–||10||56.5kg||$7.50|
|2||10||HELLBENT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||0.1L||5||58.5kg||$8|
|3||13||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1.35L||3||56kg||$4F|
|4||6||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||1.55L||6||58.5kg||$21|
|5||4||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||2.05L||2||58.5kg||$19|
|6||11||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Blake Shinn||2.25L||9||56.5kg||$5|
|7||9||KAEPERNICK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Damien Oliver||2.75L||4||58.5kg||$19|
|8||2||FLAMBERGE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3.15L||1||58.5kg||$20|
|9||1||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Ben Melham||3.35L||7||58.5kg||$17|
|10||5||HOOKED||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||4.85L||11||58.5kg||$31|
|11||8||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||Peter Gelagotis||Hugh Bowman||5.35L||8||58.5kg||$10|
|12||3||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||5.45L||12||58.5kg||$31|
|–||7||KURO (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||–||0||–||–|
William Reid Stakes Winners
|2017||Silent Sedition||Hellbent||Star Turn||1:10.11|
|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|
|2011||Black Caviar||Crystal Lily||Hinchinbrook||1:10.0|
|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|