Flight Stakes

The Flight Stakes is a 1600m mile event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney.

2020 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #2 Hungry Heart
  • 3rd: #3 Vangelic



The Flight Stakes is a 1600m set weights race held at Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in late September or early October each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Hosted by the Australian Turf Club (ATC), the Group 1 race attracts the best three-year-old fillies from around the country to compete for the $500,000 prize money.

The Flight Stakes shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) making it one of the biggest Sydney race days over the spring, on part of a massive weekend of racing that also sees Melbourne host Turnbull Stakes Day.

Fillies often target the Flight Stakes following successful runs in earlier events such as the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes or Group 2 Furious Stakes. These races form the Princess Series with the Flight Stakes the last leg. Funstar (2019) was the last filly to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double.

Some of the better runners in the Flight Stakes might continue onto other elite level races in Melbourne later in the spring including the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight’s time at Caulfield. Global Glamour (2016) was the last filly to complete the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas interstate double.

This season the Flight Stakes 2020 took place on Saturday October 3, 2020 and was won in an upset by Montefilia. 

Flight Stakes
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #2 Hungry Heart
  • 3rd: #3 Vangelic

The David Payne-trained Montefilia ($12) scored an upset win over the odds-on favourite Hungry Heart ($1.90) in the Flight Stakes 2020 results ahead of a possible back-up into the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.

Click here to read more on the eye-catching staying performance of Montefilia in the Flight Stakes 2020.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 6 56kg $12
2 2 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 0.2L 4 56kg $1.90F
3 3 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.2L 3 56kg $18
4 1 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 4.6L 1 56kg $2.80
5 5 JOVIALITY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.8L 5 56kg $17
6 6 MIRAVALLE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7L 7 56kg $21
7 7 ALIGHTED Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 24.7L 2 56kg $301

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 
See below for the official Flight Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order once the three-years-old fillies’ classic is run and won on Epsom Day, Saturday October 3, 2020.

Flight Stakes Betting Odds

The full Flight Stakes betting markets and updated Flight Stakes odds on the hopeful three-year-old fillies in the Epsom Handicap Day Group 1 are detailed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Flight Stakes tips.

Funstar ($1.75 in 2019) was the last favourite in Flight Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Flight Stakes Field

Each spring the Flight Stakes field attracts a line-up of quality three-year-old fillies that traditionally come out of the Tea Rose Stakes. The Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double was recently completed by Funstar (2019), Alizee (2017), Guelph (2013) and First Seal (2014).

Following a run in the Flight Stakes field there are a host of other potential Group 1 races for the fillies to target including a run against the boys in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), which the 2018 Flight Stakes winner Oohood ran third behind The Autumn Sun in.

The 2020 Flight Stakes field and barrier draw are released on Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below as soon as final acceptances for the mile feature are released by Racing NSW.

Just seven fillies make-up the Flight Stakes 2020 field this spring including the rails-drawn Dame Giselle looking to make it a clean-sweep this Princess Series along with the narrow favourite Hungry Heart out to turn the tables.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 Flight Stakes field and betting markets.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 EPSOM HANDICAP DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x3174x111 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 1 56kg 96
2 215×22 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 4 56kg 92
3 1622×43 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 56kg 82
4 14×314 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 6 56kg 81
5 39×33111 JOVIALITY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 56kg 77
6 0x17 MIRAVALLE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7 56kg 64
7 40×6 ALIGHTED Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 2 56kg 55

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Flight Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Flight Stakes nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday leading up to Epsom Handicap Day.

Flight Stakes History

The Flight Stakes was named after the champion mare Flight, which won the Cox Plate in 1945 and 1946. One year later, the first Flight Stakes race was won by Nizam’s Ring. From 1947 to 1978, the event was a principal race however it then elevated to Group 2 status until 1984.

In 2007, the race was cancelled due to the spread of the Equine Flu. Many of the Flight Stakes winners come via the Group 2 Furious Stakes and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes. Fillies which have placed or won this particular race have made up seven of the last nine Flight Stakes winners.

The Tea Rose Stakes / Flight Stakes double is a popular one for the punters, while the more difficult Furious Stakes / Tea Rose Stakes / Flight Stakes Treble has been won by the likes of Samantha Miss in 2008, Unworldly in 2000, Danglissa in 1999 and Sunline in 1998.

Gai Waterhouse has trained more Flight Stakes winners than any other trainer preparing her record ninth champion in 2016 with the success of that year’s subsequent Thousand Guineas champion Global Glamour.

Flight Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Flight Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Flight Stakes
1st Montefilia 1 minute 33.04 seconds
2nd Hungry Heart
3rd Vangelic
2019
Flight Stakes
1st Funstar 1 minute 37.31 seconds
2nd Probabeel
3rd Foxborough
2018
Flight Stakes
1st Oohood 1 minute 34.74 seconds
2nd Fiesta
3rd Nakeeta Jane
2017
Flight Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 34.83 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Cellargirl
2016
Flight Stakes
1st Global Glamour 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Yankee Rose
3rd Sezanne
2015
Flight Stakes
1st Speak Fondly 1 minute 35.91 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Perignon
2014
Flight Stakes
1st First Seal 1 minute 34.71 seconds
2nd Winx
3rd Thinking Of You
2013
Flight Stakes
1st Guelph 1 minute 36.23 seconds
2nd Sensibility
3rd Bound For Earth
2012
Flight Stakes
1st Norzita 1 minute 36.01 seconds
2nd Longport
3rd Dear Demi
2011
Flight Stakes
1st Streama 1 minute 36.70 seconds
2nd Hallowell Belle
3rd Dowager Queen
2010
Flight Stakes
1st Secret Admirer 1 minute 34.66 seconds
2nd More Strawberries
3rd Parables
2009
Flight Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 40.06 seconds
2nd Sister Madly
3rd Hurtle Myrtle
2008
Flight Stakes
1st Samantha Miss 1 minute 38.49 seconds
2nd Portillo
3rd Kimillsy
2007
Flight Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Flight Stakes
1st Cheeky Choice 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Fleur Royale
2005
Flight Stakes
1st Fashions Afield 1 minute 37.19 seconds
2nd Beauty Watch
3rd Mnemosyne
2004
Flight Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 37.62 seconds
2nd Cincinnati Gal
3rd Covertly
2003
Flight Stakes
1st Unearthly 1 minute 36.57 seconds
2nd Santissima
3rd Classy Dane
2002
Flight Stakes
1st Royal Purler 1 minute 37.39 seconds
2nd Victory Vein
3rd Private Steer
2001
Flight Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 36.19 seconds
2nd Moonflute
3rd Hosannah
2000
Flight Stakes
1st Unworldly 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Picholine
3rd Lady Mulan

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