Flight Stakes

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

2017 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Alizee
  • 2nd: #1 Champagne cuddles
  • 3rd: #4 Cellargirl

Flight Stakes News

Aloisia wins 2017 Thousand Guineas

Aloisia wins 2017 Thousand Guineas

Promising staying filly Aloisia will now head to the VRC Oaks after scoring a surprise win in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield today. Aloisia was sent out at the good odds of $14 and thanks to a rails hugging ride from Luke Nolen, the Azamour filly was able to hold…

The Flight Stakes is a 1600m set weights race held at Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day on AFL Grand Final 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 Moir Stakes Night on the Friday and Underwood Stakes Day on the Sunday.

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 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 2017 took place on Saturday September 30, 2017.

2017 Flight Stakes
Date: Saturday September 30, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2017 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Alizee
  • 2nd: #1 Champagne Cuddles
  • 3rd: #3 Cellargirl

See below for the official Flight Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more about the ultra-impressive runaway win the Godolphin-raced favourite Alizee who showed off a blistering turn of foot to come from last to first and led the same trifecta as in the Tea Rose Stakes defeating Champagne Cuddles (2nd) and Cellargirl (3rd).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 56kg $2.90F
2 1 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2.3L 11 56kg $3.80
3 4 CELLARGIRL Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 4.6L 4 56kg $10
4 3 ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson Blake Shinn 4.7L 2 56kg $9
5 9 SMOOTH LANDING John P Thompson Damian Lane 5.3L 1 56kg $91
6 10 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King (a) 5.7L 9 56kg $81
7 6 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 6.2L 8 56kg $18
8 5 SWEET DEAL John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 7.3L 5 56kg $16
9 8 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 7.9L 3 56kg $7
10 7 LEGAL GIRL Clarry Conners Corey Brown 9.5L 7 56kg $31
11 11 COLLEGE ROMANCE Anthony & Edward Cummings Tim Clark 16.2L 6 56kg $151

2017 Flight Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Champagne Cuddles
  • 2nd: #4 Cellargirl
  • 3rd: #8 Pandemonium

Check out our complete Flight Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Selections now.

Flight Stakes Betting Odds

Read our full 2017 Flight Stakes Form Guide & Betting Preview now

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.

2017 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 Alizee (2017), Guelph (2013) and First Seal (2014).

The 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.

The Flight Stakes 2017 Final Field is now out with 11 three-year-old fillies engaged for the mile classic including last Saturday’s Golden Rose runner-up Champagne Cuddles and the Tea Rose Stakes winner Alizee drawn wide in barriers 11 and 10 respectively.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x1x3222 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 11 56kg 90
2 425×1241 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 56kg 86
3 15195×45 ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson Blake Shinn 2 56kg 78
4 140x1x123 CELLARGIRL Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 4 56kg 80
5 324×6216 SWEET DEAL John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 5 56kg 66
6 31×537 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg 77
7 6x57130x21 LEGAL GIRL Clarry Conners Corey Brown 7 56kg 68
8 359×4119 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 3 56kg 70
9 674×348 SMOOTH LANDING John P Thompson Damian Lane 1 56kg
10 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King (a) 9 56kg 57
11 662 COLLEGE ROMANCE Anthony & Edward Cummings Tim Clark 6 56kg

2017 Flight Stakes Nominations

The Flight Stakes nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday leading up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be available below as soon as announced.

The Flight Stakes 2017 early entries only attracted 11 fillies and have been extended until 11am (AEST) on 26/09/2017. Leading the current entries are Tea Rose Stakes winner Alizee and last Saturday’s Golden Rose runner-up Champagne Cuddles.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 425×1241 ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings 86
2 140x1x123 CELLARGIRL F 3 Kelly Schweida 80
3 1x1x3222 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES F 3 Bjorn Baker 90
4 31×537 I AM EXCITED F 3 David Pfieffer 77
5 6x57130x21 LEGAL GIRL F 3 Clarry Conners 68
6 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 57
7 15195×45 ONE MORE HONEY F 3 John P Thompson 78
8 359×4119 PANDEMONIUM F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
9 674×348 SMOOTH LANDING F 3 John P Thompson
10 324×6216 SWEET DEAL F 3 John P Thompson 66
11 643×3 TOUCH OF MINK F 3 Matthew Smith

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
2018
Flight Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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