Two smart fillies are battling for top spot in the 2012 Flight Stakes odds ahead of this Saturday’s Epsom Handicap Day clash at Royal Randwick in Sydney.
Running as Randwick Race 6 at 3:20pm, the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) has this year drawn a small field of just nine three-year-old fillies.
With the release of the Flight Stakes betting markets at bookmaker.com.au however the event looks to be shaping up as a two-filly affair with Norzita ($3.50) and Dear Demi ($3.60) the two close favourites.
Drawn in barrier three Norzita is one of two chances for legendary trainer Bart Cummings in the classic along with Duet ($12), the Thorn Park filly last seen running a very close second to fellow Flight Stakes hopeful Longport in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) at the track two weeks back.
Dear Demi meanwhile will start from gate five on Saturday with leading New Zealand jockey James McDonald engaged for the ride, Clarry Conners’ Dehere three-year-old having won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) two back before her fourth in the Tea Rose.
Two other fillies are then at single-figure odds in the Flight Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au with Urban Groove ($4) and Jade Marauder ($7.50).
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Urban Groove will be ridden by Nash Rawiller from gate four on Saturday, the Charge Forward filly looking to retain her undefeated status.
After a blistering five length win on debut at Kembla Grange on September 15 Urban Groove was last seen scoring a black type win in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1200m) at Rosehill last weekend.
Chris Waller’s Fastnet Rock filly Jade Marauder meanwhile has run third in her two most recent runs firstly behind Dear Demi in the Furious and then behind Longport in the Tea Rose.
Tea Rose Stakes winner Longport ($11) and Cummings’ daughter of Danehill Dancer Duet ($12) are the other main fancies before the Gerald Ryan-trained Flying Snitzel ($31), Gondokoro ($81) and $101 outsider Chez Harmony round out the Flight Stakes field and markets.
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2012 Flight Stakes Betting Odds
Royal Randwick Race 6 – 3:20pm – 06/10/2012
|1||DEAR DEMI (5)||3.60|
|3||JADE MARAUDER (9)||7.50|
|4||FLYING SNITZEL (1)||31.00|
|6||URBAN GROOVE (4)||4.00|
|7||CHEZ HARMONY (6)||101.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change