Norzita Wins 2012 Flight Stakes – Results

October 6, 2012

Norzita Wins 2012 Flight Stakes – Results

Bart Cummings’ dominant filly Norzita got an all-important Group 1 win next her name today taking out the Flight Stakes 2012 at Royal Randwick in impressive style, a victory that could see her head to Melbourne to chase more elite level glory this spring.


2012 Flight Stakes winner Norzita could be Melbourne-bound for the Thousand Guineas

The daughter of Thorn Park was first past the post last start in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) but lost that race upon protest to Longport.

It was John Thompson’s Casino Prince filly Longport that was right up there in the finish again with Norzita in today’s $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) but this time the result was beyond doubt with the winner opening it up to win by two and a half lengths.

Longport hit the lead early from the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Urban Groove while another of the top fancies, Furious Stakes winner Dear Demi, was trapped in traffic and not happy about it either throwing her head around causing her to over-race in the unsuitable pace.

On the last turn for home Longport retained the lead but Norzita, ridden expertly by big race specialist Hugh Bowman who won earlier on Epsom Handicap Day with Mourayan in the Craven Plate, started to stride up on the outside.

The previously undefeated Urban Groove meanwhile was looking to push up too while the unlucky Dear Demi was under a lot of pressure in the middle.

Eventually Longport and Norzita broke free in a battle fighting it out stride for stride as they did last start.

This time however Norzita ($5.50) on the outside got the upper hand and raced away to win by two and a half from a terrific Longport ($14), an honest Dear Demi ($4.60) running a luckless third while the beaten favourite Urban Groove ($2.80F), who got a bit lost in the end, crossed in fourth.

It was a really dominant performance by Norzita, Bowman nursing her right up to the line as she went straight past Longport this time showing a great turn of foot and acceleration to put the race away.

“With these top riders like Hugh Bowman you don’t tell them much…he rode her very well,” Cummings’ stable manager Duncan Ramage said.

It is looking likely that Norzita will now head to Melbourne for races including the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Wednesday October 17, and perhaps even the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November, but Ramage said they were taking it step by step with her.

“One step at a time Bart’s told me…but she’s won with authority (today),” he said.

Bowman was also confident with his mount this afternoon, crediting the filly and not his riding.

“I rode her working Tuesday morning and it was enough to give me confidence going into this race,” he said.

“She was first past the post and she really made no doubt of it today.

“The pace was so moderate…I just had to ride her with confidence and she delivered for me.

“The good draw helped I was able to get a trouble free run.

“Took it upon myself (to make a move) and the filly did a great job for me.”

The official 2012 Coolmore Flight Stakes finishing order, margins and times are detailed in the table below.

Fancy a bet on the next at Royal Randwick? Visit our preferred online bookie and get in on the action starting with a juicy $400 bonus welcome bet upon sign-up simply by using the exclusive code word BONUSBET!

2012 Flight Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Royal Randwick Race 6 – 06/10/2012

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 56kg $5.50
2 2 LONGPORT John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 2.5L 7 56kg $14
3 1 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners James McDonald 4L 5 56kg $4.60
4 6 URBAN GROOVE Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 4.6L 4 56kg $2.80F
5 8 DUET Bart Cummings Peter Robl 5.8L 2 56kg $21
6 4 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 6.2L 1 56kg $21
7 7 CHEZ HARMONY David Payne Nathan Berry 7.6L 6 56kg $61
8 3 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8.1L 9 56kg $6
9 9 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey Corey Brown 11.7L 8 56kg $51

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field