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William Reid Stakes

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IMPERATRIZ winning the 3 Point Motors William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in Australia.
IMPERATRIZ winning the 3 Point Motors William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

The William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 race for Open Class horses conducted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club at Moonee Valley.

The William Reid Stakes was first run in 1925 and was won by The Night Patrol. That horse would win it again a year later.

The William Reid Stakes is run over 1200m under Standard Weight For Age conditions.

The race is registered as the William Reid Stakes but was re-named the Australia Stakes for several runnings for returning to its old name in 2010.

Much like in the Manikato Stakes, females have been on fire in this race. They've won 17 of the last 33 runnings. In the 2023 race, mares ran the first four placings led home by the kiwi Imperatriz.

3yos have enjoyed this race as well. 13 of the last 39 winners were youngsters. Like other WFA races run in the Autumn, from '94 to '00 3yos won 6 of 7 editions.

It is the final G1 of the Victorian Autumn and most of the runners come via the Triple Crown of sprints being the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap.

Probably the race's greatest historical note is that the legendary Manikato won it five straight times from 1979 to 1983.

Hong Kong's global traveller Cape Of Good Hope won in 2005 and would take the Golden Jubilee at the Royal meeting four months later held at York that year.

Black Caviar won the race twice and her final Victorian appearance was in winning this by four lengths in 2013 before finishing her career in the TJ Smith in Sydney.

Loving Gaby did the Manikato/William Reid Moonee Valley G1 double as a 3yo filly in the 2019/20 season. She beat home the minor placegetters from the Everest run six months later.

Imperatriz made it the 4 G1s on the trot around Moonee Valley and 10 in total as she won again in 2024.

In 2024 the race was worth $1,000,000.

Notable winners include Heroic, Gothic, Waltzing Lily, Tranquil Star, Comic Court, Flying Halo, Winfreux, Dual Choice, All Shot, Toy Show, Family Of Man, Manikato, Campaign King, Vo Rogue, Zeditave, Hareeba, Cape Of Good Hope, Miss Andretti, Apache Cat, Black Caviar, Sunlight, Loving Gaby, September Run and Imperatriz.

The 2024 William Reid Stakes was won by Imperatriz from Johnny Rocker and I Am Me.


Racing and Sports

Previous William Reid Stakes Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
IMPERATRIZ (AUS) 5M
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - BERIMBAU (AUS) SHAMARDAL (USA)
O P BOSSON 56.5 MARK WALKER 9
IMPERATRIZ (AUS) 4M
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - BERIMBAU (AUS) SHAMARDAL (USA)
O P BOSSON 56.5 MARK WALKER 7
SEPTEMBER RUN (AUS) 4M
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - PITTSBURGH FLYER (AUS) STREET CRY (IRE)
CRAIG WILLIAMS 56.5 CHRIS WALLER 10
MASKED CRUSADER (AUS) 4G
TORONADO (IRE) - SHE'S GOT GEARS (AUS) INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE)
WILLIAM PIKE 58.5 MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES 2
LOVING GABY (AUS) 3F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - MAASTRICHT (NZ) MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE)
CRAIG WILLIAMS 54.0 C MAHER & D EUSTACE 5
SUNLIGHT (AUS) 3F
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CHARGED (AUS) CHARGE FORWARD (AUS)
L CURRIE 54.0 TONY MCEVOY 9
HELLBENT (AUS) 5H
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - VOLKASPRAY (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
CRAIG WILLIAMS 58.5 DARREN WEIR 10
SILENT SEDITION (AUS) 4M
WAR CHANT (USA) - FIORENTINA (AUS) DUBAI DESTINATION (USA)
KATELYN MALLYON 56.5 ANDREW NOBLET 10
FLAMBERGE (AUS) 6G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - RAZOR BLADE (AUS) BLAZING SWORD (AUS)
B RAWILLER 58.5 PETER G MOODY 2
LUCKY HUSSLER (AUS) 5G
HUSSON (ARG) - TALAQ DANCER (AUS) BLACK HAWK (GB)
G BOSS 58.5 DARREN WEIR 2
SPIRIT OF BOOM (AUS) 6H
SEQUALO (AUS) - TEMPLE SPIRIT (AUS) SPECIAL DANE (AUS)
M RODD 58.5 TONY GOLLAN 8
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 6M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN 56.5 PETER G MOODY 6
FOXWEDGE (AUS) 3C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - FOREST NATIVE (USA) FOREST WILDCAT (USA)
N RAWILLER 56.0 JOHN O'SHEA 1
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 4M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN 56.5 PETER G MOODY 6
TURFFONTEIN (AUS) 5H
JOHANNESBURG (USA) - SPIRIT OF GRACE (AUS) DR. GRACE (NZ)
G BOSS 58.5 ANTHONY CUMMINGS 3
APACHE CAT (AUS) 6G
LION CAVERN (USA) - TENNESSEE BLAZE (AUS) WHISKEY ROAD (USA)
DAMIEN OLIVER 58.5 GREG EURELL 2
APACHE CAT (AUS) 5G
LION CAVERN (USA) - TENNESSEE BLAZE (AUS) WHISKEY ROAD (USA)
C W BROWN 58.5 GREG EURELL 2
MISS ANDRETTI (AUS) 5M
IHTIRAM (IRE) - PEGGIE'S BID (AUS) MAROONED (GB)
C NEWITT 56.0 D L FREEDMAN 5
VIRAGE DE FORTUNE (AUS) 3F
ANABAA (USA) - VIRAGE (AUS) KENMARE (FR)
G CHILDS 52.0 BRUCE MCLACHLAN 9
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (GB) 7G
INCHINOR (GB) - CAPE MERINO (GB) CLANTIME (GB)
B PREBBLE 57.5 D OUGHTON 7
REGIMENTAL GAL (AUS) 3F
GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS) - HALLAYA (AUS) YALLAH PRINCE (AUS)
STEVEN KING 52.5 SHAUN DWYER 6
YELL (AUS) 3G
ANABAA (USA) - VOCALIST (AUS) BLUEBIRD (USA)
D GAUCI 55.0 JOHN HAWKES 1
TOLEDO (AUS) 8G
AT TALAQ (USA) - TENERIFFE (USA) RIVERMAN (USA)
S W ARNOLD 57.5 RUSSELL CAMERON 10
BOMBER BILL (AUS) 5G
AIR DE FRANCE (USA) - LADY SPECIAL (AUS) ALZAO (USA)
S W ARNOLD 57.5 RUSSELL CAMERON 1
MISS PENNYMONEY (AUS) 3F
BROCCO (USA) - BOLD PROMISE (AUS) LUSKIN STAR (AUS)
B PREBBLE 51.5 J T CONLAN 4

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