The William Reid Stakes (1200m) is the final Group 1 race of the Melbourne autumn. Who does history suggest will win the Moonee Valley feature?
Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 William Reid Stakes. The race will take place on Friday, 20 March, 2020 at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
We provide you with William Reid Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.
When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.
Our experts assess all the William Reid Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 tips to help you back the winner.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton will provide his 2020 William Reid Stakes tips and selections once the final field has been declared.
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Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the William Reid Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Moonee Valley races including the William Reid Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the William Reid Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.
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Held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the William Reid Stakes is run on the same night as the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m).
From 1996 to 2009 the race was named the ‘Australia Stakes’ but reverted back to its original name of the William Reid Stakes in 2010. It was also called the Australia Made Stakes in 1994 and 1995.
In 1995, the race had its only running away from Moonee Valley when it was transferred to Flemington Racecourse. Hareeba claimed the race on that occasion by 5.5 lengths over Spanish Mix as the $1.70 favourite. Schillaci was a further one length away in third place.
Dating back to 1925, the race was won by The Night Patrol when the race was a Principal race and run over six furlongs (approximately 1200m).
The 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 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).
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.
Special mention must go to champion racehorse Manikato who won the William Reid Stakes on five consecutive occasions between 1979 and 1983.
Such was the champion’s domination at Moonee Valley that a race, the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) was named after him to honour his deeds – he won the Freeway Stakes twice (now the Manikato).
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), Cape Of Good Hope (2005), Miss Andretti (2007), Apache Cat (2008-09) and Black Caviar (2011 & 2013).
Horse racing action has taken place at Moonee Valley Racecourse since 1883 including the memorable Cox Plate victories of Dulcify, Kingston Town, Surround, Sunline and Winx.
A record crowd of over 50,000, meanwhile, witnessed the ‘race of the century’ in 1986 between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star,
The Cox Plate is the showpiece event at Moonee Valley each year. Named after course founder William Samuel Cox, the prestigious Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and has since developed into one of the world’s biggest international thoroughbred races.
Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Since the Cox Plate was founded in 1922, Cox Plate day has developed into a celebration of sport and fashion as Australia’s most profile inpiduals descend upon Moonee Valley to showcase the latest style each October.
It is now widely-viewed as one of the biggest social experiences in the sporting calendar each year and routinely attracts a stellar capacity crowd.
Moonee Valley hosts a total of four Group 1 races during the season, including three sprint races contested at a distance of 1200m.
The Manikato Stakes, Moir Stakes and William Reid Stakes all see speedy types clash at Moonee Valley, while the jewel of the crown is the Cox Plate, one third of Australia’s triple crown.
The racetrack is home to the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is situated just six kilometres from Melbourne City Centre.
Moonee Valley Racecourse boasts a unique rectangle-shaped track with a circumference of just over 1800m.
Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of every course in Australia.
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.
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