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Held over the sprint distance of 1200m, the G1 William Reid Stakes is held under weight-for-age conditions. Held at Victoria’s Moonee Valley racecourse, it is one of six races on the Australian turf calendar held over the same distance and featuring the same conditions and is the Autumn equivalent to the Manikato Stakes held in the spring at Moonee Valley over the same distance and conditions.
Signalling the end of the main races in Melbourne for the Autumn, it is the final G1 race for the racing season in Victoria. The race attained G1 status in 1987 and in total prizemoney for the race is set at $500,000, with the winner to receive $300,000.
Past winners of this race include the 2 time winners Black Caviar (2011 & ’13) and Apache Cat (2008 & ’09), Miss Andretti (2007), Vo Rogue (1988) and the mighty Manikato who won this race 5 years in succession from 1979-83.
The William Reid Stakes forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|William Reid Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Thursday 24th March 2016|
|Race Time:||20:15 AEST|
|Location||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type||Weight For Age|
|2015 Winner:||Lucky Hussler|
|2016 William Reid Stakes Odds|
|4||FAST 'N' ROCKING||4TH||-|
|5||IT IS WRITTEN|
The John O’Shea trained colt resumed in fine style at Moonee Valley back on January 23 with a good win in the G2 Australia Stakes against the more seasoned performers. Finishing 5th at his next start in the G2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield behind Mahuta, he was then taken to Sydney for the G1 Canterbury Stakes. In a strong front running display, he was too good, running away with a 1.3 length victory. Returning to the Valley he is 2 from 2 at both the track and the distance and hasn’t missed a place at 4 attempts over 1200m.
Opening the UBET favourite following the barrier draw Lucky Hussler comes into this off an interesting preparation. He drops back in distance after his last start was in the G1 CF Orr on February 13 over 1400m finishing 2nd behind Suavito, beaten under a length. A 5 time Group winner, including 2 G1 wins, Lucky Hussler captured the Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast 2 starts back. He is looking to defend his title in this race after defeating a field, where the 3rd placed Griante was the winner of the G1 The Galaxy at Rosehill on Saturday.
Looking to send Peter Moody out a winner, the trainer declared on Tuesday that this horse has a Group 1 sprint in him, will it be this one? The colt is only lightly raced having had just 5 career starts. His 3YO Spring preparation saw him face the starter twice. First up in the G2 Danehill Stakes for 3 year olds at Flemington he was a 1.25 length winner. His only other start was taking on the older horses in the G2 Caulfield Sprint when finishing 6th behind the dead-heaters Lumosty and Éclair Choice. 1st up this preparation he was taken to Randwick for the G2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m and finished 0.3 lengths from the winner English. From 1 start at the Valley he is a winner over 1200m and is now a 2 time winner over 1200m.
On the 6th line of betting with UBET fixed odds, The Quarterback comes into this as the last start winner of the G1 Newmarket at Flemington. He only carried 52kg under the handicap conditions in the Newmarket and rises to 58.5kg under the weight-for-age conditions of this race, which is of some concern. His only start at Moonee Valley was in the G2 McEwen Stakes last year, a 1000m race at WFA where he finished 7th beaten 4 lengths behind Chautauqua. He has won 4 and 5 starts into a preparation previously and from 7 attempts at 1200m has the record of 7: 3-1-2.
The Group 1 William Reid Stakes is a weight-for-age race for gallopers over the sprint distance of 1200m held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late March. The $400,000 prize purse attracts some of best horses in work at the time. A number of equine legends have confirmed their class in this race including Apache Cat (2008/09), Miss Andretti (2007) and more recently Peter Moody’s unbeaten mare Black Caviar, who won the race in 2011 and 2013. But there was one horse which made this event his own, the great Manikato.
Under trainer Bob Hoystead, the flashy chestnut won five consecutive William Reid Stakes (1979-83). Other notable winners include Hareeba (1995), Vo Rogue (1988), Campaign King (1986), Comic Court (1951) and Heroic (1927). Lead up races ahead of the William Reid Stakes, may include the Group 1 Lightning Stakes held in February or the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap. The event is named in the honour of a former committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club William Reid. He was also the owner of a number of prominent racehorses in the early 1900s, including dual Caulfield Cup winner Uncle Sam.
|2016||FLAMBERGE||BRAD RAWILLER||PETER MOODY||01:09.8|
|2015||LUCKY HUSSLER||GLEN BOSS||DARREN WEIR||01:10.3|
|2014||SPIRIT OF BOOM||MICHAEL RODD||TONY GOLLAN||01:11.1|
|2013||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:11.0|
|2012||FOXWEDGE||NASH RAWILLER||JOHN O’SHEA||01:10.2|
|2011||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:10.0|
|2010||TURFFONTEIN||GLEN BOSS||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:11.6|
|2009||APACHE CAT||DAMIEN OLIVER||GREG EURELL||01:09.6|
|2008||APACHE CAT||COREY BROWN||GREG EURELL||01:09.6|
|2007||MISS ANDRETTI||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||01:10.2|
|2006||VIRAGE DE FORTUNE||GREG CHILDS||BRUCE MCLACHLAN||01:10.0|