2014 William Reid Stakes Field & Odds

William Reid Stakes News

A talented field of 10 has accepted to appear in the featured 2014 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) this evening, with talented Caulfield Cup champion Fawkner poised to make his first-up appearance for the year at Moonee Valley Racecourse. While yet to reach peak form over two starts in…


William Reid Stakes

The William Reid Stakes is one of the country’s coveted Group 1 races. It takes place annually during the Autumn Racing Carnival at the picturesque Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the William Reid Stakes is raced over 1200m. This short sprint race distance ensures it is always an exciting and fast paced affair perfect for the racing fan or punter who prefers short, speedy and thrilling events.

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The 2014 William Reid Stakes will run as a night race on Friday 21st March 2014 at Moonee Valley along with the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.

2014 William Reid Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien 100
2 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 112
3 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 107
4 GREGERS David Hayes 94
5 HAVANA Paul Messara 72
6 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths -
7 JAZZ SONG Mick Price 80
8 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 104
9 SAMAREADY Mick Price 112
10 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 108
11 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 108
12 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 102
13 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston 93

With prize money set at $500,000, the William Reid Stakes always draws a highly competitive field of champion sprinters keen to secure a Group 1 victory.

Up until 2010 the William Reid Stakes was known as the Group 1 Australia Stakes, before it’s race name was once again changed back to be the William Reid Stakes. This race should not be confused with a Group 2 race that also runs at Moonee Valley in late January called the Australia Stakes.

William Reid Stakes Lead Up Races:

The Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington is an ideal prelude for the William Reid Stakes with a number of star sprinters completing this double including Apache Cat in 2008 and Miss Andretti the previous year in 2007.

In-form runners may also be raced in the Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

William Reid Stakes History:

Formerly known as the Australia Stakes from 1996 to 2009, the William Reid Stakes is named after the prominent racehorse owner and Victorian banker William Reid and was first run in 1925.

The William Reid Stakes was once a leg of the prestigious Global Sprint Challenge during 2005 to 2007 when the race was called the Australia Stakes.

The Australia Stakes reverted back to its original name in 2010 and gained its prestigious Group 1 status in 1987.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Australian Derby

(2400m)

Randwick

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

TJ Smith Stakes

(1200m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Doncaster Mile

(1600m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Randwick

$550,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Sydney Cup

(3200m)

Randwick

$500,000

Hcp

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$4,000,000

Open

Group 1

Queen Of The Turf Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$1,000,000

3YO&UP

Group 2

Queen of the South Stakes

(1600m)

Morphettville

$175,000

3YO & Up SWP

Group 3

Chairman’s Handicap

(2000m)

Morphettville

$115,000

3YO SW

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