The William Reid Stakes is a Group 1 event held under weight for age conditions. Taking place each year at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, this race has become an important part of the autumn racing calendar. The William Reid Stakes used to be known as the Australia Stakes, only reverting back to its original name in the 2010/2011 season.
The William Reid Stakes has been run since 1925, originally as a Principal Race over a distance of 6 furlongs. It became a Group 2 race in 1980 and a Group 1 event in 1987. The William Reid Stakes has been won by many fine horses over its long history, including names like including Black Caviar in 2011, Apache Cat in 2008 and 2009, Miss Andretti in 2007, Hareeba in 1995, Redelva in 1991, and Zeditave in 1989.
Winners for the William Reid Stakes may come from events such as the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap held on Super Saturday at Flemington. The Lightning Stakes can also be a good form guide for this race, with both 2008 winner Apache Cat and 2007 winner Andretti winning the Lighting Stakes on the way to victory in the William Reid Stakes.
The William Reid Stakes was won for five times in succession by the amazing Manikato, who had a victory every year between 1979 and 1983. One other horse who has had more than one win is Apache Cat who took out the title in both 2008 and 2009. In recent years, Foxwedge ran third in the Newmarket Handicap before winning this event, with Black Caviar taking out the 2011 title and Turffontein winning in 2010.
While Hay List went into the 2012 race as the favourite, Foxwedge came down the straight strong to win ahead of Hay List in second position and Buffering in third.