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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
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|
|Race Type:||3YO Fillies Set Weight|
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).
|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
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.
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|
|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
|1st||Alizee||1 minute 34.83 seconds|
|1st||Global Glamour||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|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|