Flight Stakes

The 2017 Flight Stakes is a 1600m mile event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the first Saturday of October.

Flight Stakes News

Alizee realises potential with Tea Rose Stakes Win

Alizee realises potential with Tea Rose Stakes Win

Godolphin’s well bred filly Alizee realised her potential today with a comfortable win in the Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Alizee is the half sister to 2016 Golden Rose winner Astern and Darren Beadman, representing the James Cummings stable, was always confident that she would live up to…

The Flight Stakes 2017 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 2017 Flight Stakes will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 30 September 2017. 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.

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

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

The 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

2017 Flight Stakes Nominations

The 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.

Check out the official 2016 Flight Stakes Nominations now.


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

Year Place Horse Time
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1st Global Glamour 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Yankee Rose
3rd Sezanne
Flight Stakes
1st Speak Fondly 1 minute 35.91 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Perignon
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1st First Seal 1 minute 34.71 seconds
2nd Winx
3rd Thinking Of You
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1st Guelph 1 minute 36.23 seconds
2nd Sensibility
3rd Bound For Earth
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1st Norzita 1 minute 36.01 seconds
2nd Longport
3rd Dear Demi
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1st Streama 1 minute 36.70 seconds
2nd Hallowell Belle
3rd Dowager Queen
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1st Secret Admirer 1 minute 34.66 seconds
2nd More Strawberries
3rd Parables
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1st More Joyous 1 minute 40.06 seconds
2nd Sister Madly
3rd Hurtle Myrtle
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1st Samantha Miss 1 minute 38.49 seconds
2nd Portillo
3rd Kimillsy
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1st Cheeky Choice 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Fleur Royale
Flight Stakes
1st Fashions Afield 1 minute 37.19 seconds
2nd Beauty Watch
3rd Mnemosyne
Flight Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 37.62 seconds
2nd Cincinnati Gal
3rd Covertly
Flight Stakes
1st Unearthly 1 minute 36.57 seconds
2nd Santissima
3rd Classy Dane
Flight Stakes
1st Royal Purler 1 minute 37.39 seconds
2nd Victory Vein
3rd Private Steer
Flight Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 36.19 seconds
2nd Moonflute
3rd Hosannah
Flight Stakes
1st Unworldly 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Picholine
3rd Lady Mulan