The Flight Stakes 2016 is a 1600m set weights race held at Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day on the first Saturday in October during the 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 2016 Flight Stakes will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 1 October 2016. The Flight Stakes shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) making it the carnival’s biggest and richest race 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. Some of the better runners in the Flight Stakes might continue onto bigger targets such as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) against the colts and geldings in Melbourne at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
|Date:||Saturday 1 October 2016|
|Race Type:||3YO Fillies Set Weight|
2016 Flight Stakes Betting Odds
The full Flight Stakes 2016 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.
2016 Flight Stakes Field
The 2016 Flight Stakes field and barrier draw were released on Wednesday September 10 and features just 10 three-year-old fillies including Group 1 winner Yankee Rose and the Chris Waller-trained Golden Rose runner-up Omei Sword.
See below for the full 2016 Flight Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw and read more by following the link.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11x21x6||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||101|
|2||129×12||OMEI SWORD||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7||56kg||92|
|3||511×32||SKYLIGHT GLOW||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||3||56kg||80|
|4||1x729x5363||QUICK FEET||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||8||56kg||79|
|5||224×114||SEZANNE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||6||56kg||73|
|6||1×36||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||1||56kg||72|
|7||11×07||AWOKE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4||56kg||68|
|8||0x7312||BRIDLE LANE||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||62|
2016 Flight Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Flight Stakes nominations were released by Racing NSW on Monday September 26 and attracted a dozen three-year-old fillies including five for Chris Waller led by Tea Rose Stakes winner Foxplay and Golden Rose runner-up Omei Sword.
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 has been recently won by More Joyous in 2009, Samantha Miss in 2008, Cheeky Choice in 2006, Ha Ha in 2001 and Unworldly in 2000. The more difficult Furious Stakes / Tea Rose Stakes / Flight Stakes Treble has been won by 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 eighth champion in 2015 with the success of that year’s Golden Rose runner-up Speak Fondly.
Flight Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.
Flight Stakes Results
|1st||Speak Fondly||1 minute 35.91 seconds|
|1st||First Seal||1 minute 34.71 seconds|
|3rd||Thinking Of You|
|1st||Guelph||1 minute 36.23 seconds|
|3rd||Bound For Earth|
|1st||Norzita||1 minute 36.01 seconds|
|1st||Streama||1 minute 36.70 seconds|
|1st||Secret Admirer||1 minute 34.66 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 40.06 seconds|
|1st||Samantha Miss||1 minute 38.49 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Cheeky Choice||1 minute 35.95 seconds|
|2nd||My Lady’s Chamber|
|1st||Fashions Afield||1 minute 37.19 seconds|
|1st||Lotteria||1 minute 37.62 seconds|
|1st||Unearthly||1 minute 36.57 seconds|
|1st||Royal Purler||1 minute 37.39 seconds|
|1st||Ha Ha||1 minute 36.19 seconds|
|1st||Unworldly||1 minute 34.5 seconds|