William Reid Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

2020 William Reid Stakes

Date Friday 20 March
Track Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards

William Reid Stakes Betting Selections & Tips

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and William Reid Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key pointers are:

  • Five-year-olds perform well
  • Last start in Sydney is a disadvantage
  • Barriers one and two are advantageous

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The Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) takes place at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse annually in March during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is weight-for-age race for sprinters.

The race attracts the country’s best sprinters and is accompanied by the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m); making the race meeting Mooney Valley’s most significant night meeting on the racing calendar.

From 1996 to 2010 the race was named the ‘Australia Stakes’, but reverted back to its original name of the ‘William Reid Stakes’ in 2010.

In 1995, the race had its only running away from Moonee Valley when it was transferred to Flemington Racecourse.

First run in 1925, the race was won by The Night Patrol when the race was a Principal race and run over six furlongs.

Night Patrol returned the following year and became the first of many back-to-back winners of the William Reid Stakes.

Horses that compete in the William Reid Stakes may have contested the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) or the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at their previous start.

Being a weight-for-age race, the William Reid gives some horses a distinct advantage after being heavily weighted in the Newmarket Handicap.

The illustrious honour roll lists the who’s who of Australian sprinters and in recent times William Reid Stakes winners such as Black Caviar and Miss Andretti have travelled to the UK to compete at Royal Ascot.

Other former winners of the William Reid Stakes include Heroic (1927), Comic Court (1951), Manikato (1979-83), Vo Rogue (1988), Redelva (1991), Hareeba (1995), Regimental Gal (2004), Miss Andretti (2007), Apache Cat (2008-09), Black Caviar (2011 & 2013).

The William Reid Stakes was named after William Reid, a former committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, but for a brief period it was named the Australia Stakes.

William Reid Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Miss Pennymoney
2001 Bomber Bill
2002 Toledo
2003 Yell
2004 Regimental Gal
2005 Cape of Good Hope
2006 Virage De Fortune
2007 Miss Andretti
2008 Apache Cat
2009 Apache Cat
2010 Turffontein
2011 Black Caviar
2012 Foxwedge
2013 Black Caviar
2014 Spirit Of Boom
2015 Lucky Hussler
2016 Flamberge
2017 Silent Sedition
2018 Hellbent
2019 Sunlight

2020 Loving Gaby


Moonee Valley is a fairly consistent track with a sand base that compacts to become firm and drainage is very good after a downpour.

The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements.

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master.

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.


In 1883, William Samuel Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Expansion of the racecourse facilities occurred in the 1960s and were funded by compensation for land acquired for the construction of the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway.

One of Australia’s biggest races take place at Moonee Valley with the track home to the Cox Plate – one of the big three Group 1s during the Spring Carnival.

Star performers head to Moonee Valley during both the Spring and Autumn Carnivals to contests the four Group 1 races staged at the track.

The Moir Stakes (1200m) and Manikato Stakes (1200m) are the only Australian Group 1 races to take place under lights.