Light Fingers Stakes

The Light Fingers Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Carnival for 3YO fillies.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Every Rose
  • 2nd: #8 Never Talk
  • 3rd: #1 Away Game



The Light Fingers Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney every February worth $200,000 in total prize money.

Run over a distance of 1200m, the Light Fingers Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies and is contested with set weights. It takes place on Apollo Stakes Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is accompanied by three other Group status races: the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).

The race is named in honour of New Zealand bred mare Light Fingers who won the Melbourne Cup in 1965 and was the first Cup winner for legendary trainer Bart Cummings.

Many of the fillies in the Light Fingers Stakes field are kicking off their autumn campaigns, and some may have run in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at the track during the spring including in 2016 – 2017 when Global Glamour won both races, and in 2017-18 when Alizee repeated the same double.

Fillies out of the race often continue on to contest later season features including the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Chipping Norton Stakes Day and even the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in March. Nakeeta Jane (2019) was the last filly to complete the Light Fingers – Surround Stakes double.

The Light Fingers Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday February 13, 2021 and was won in an upset by Every Rose (20/1).

2021 Light Fingers Stakes
Date: Saturday February 13, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weights 56kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Every Rose
  • 2nd: #8 Never Talk
  • 3rd: #1 Away Game

The Mark Newnham-trained Every Rose ($21) saluted from a wide alley in an upset 2021 Light Fingers Stakes result ahead of her shot at emulating stablemate Nakeeta Jane (2019) by going on to also win the Group 1 Surround Stakes.

Click here to read more on the upset win by the Every Rose in the 2021 Light Fingers results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 EVERY ROSE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 14 56kg $21
2 8 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Jason Collett 0.2L 13 56kg $16
3 1 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 0.4L 5 56kg $2.60F
4 11 ELIZABEEL John Sargent Robbie Dolan 1.6L 9 56kg $51
5 12 LOVE SENSATION Kevin Corstens Ms Rachel King 1.8L 3 56kg $31
6 5 THERMOSPHERE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 1.9L 10 56kg $9
7 3 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 2L 8 56kg $4.40
8 4 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.5L 4 56kg $9
9 10 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 2.8L 7 56kg $61
10 13 NICCI’S FLING Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.9L 2 56kg $31
11 7 JOVIALITY Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 4.1L 6 56kg $17
12 9 SWEET REPLY Richard & Michael Freedman Brenton Avdulla 5.4L 11 56kg (cd 56.5kg) $41
13 14 ORPHEUM Ron Quinton Jay Ford 5.5L 12 56kg $101
14 2 KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 6.7L 1 56kg $18
16e PIPPALI Jason Coyle 0
15e SHE CAN SING Michael Costa 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Betting Odds

The Light Fingers Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Field

The Light Fingers Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of the autumn’s best three-year-old fillies, many of which are first-up off spring races including the Thousand Guineas in Melbourne.

The official Light Fingers Stakes 2021 field and barriers will be announced on Wednesday February 10, 2021 and published in full below.

The 2021 Light Fingers Stakes final field features a capacity line-up of fillies including the favourite Away Game last seen running third in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast.

Click here to read more on the key fillies in the Light Fingers Stakes 2021 field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1114215×23 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 6 56kg 98
2 2121x KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2 56kg 98
3 215x2227x HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56kg 94
4 1622x4330x VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56kg 87
5 0x285168x3 THERMOSPHERE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 11 56kg 86
6 1x2298x46x EVERY ROSE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 16 56kg 79
7 x33111520x JOVIALITY Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 7 56kg 79
8 11×11715 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Jason Collett 14 56kg 78
9 13x222242x SWEET REPLY Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 12 56kg 76
10 13477x60x4 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 8 56kg 73
11 523x21134x ELIZABEEL John Sargent Robbie Dolan 10 56kg 71
12 3x2150x4 LOVE SENSATION Kevin Corstens Ms Rachel King 4 56kg 65
13 51x1353x3 NICCI’S FLING Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 56kg 65
14 4x6x4108x3 ORPHEUM Ron Quinton Jay Ford 13 56kg 64
15e 311 SHE CAN SING Michael Costa 1 56kg 62
16e 51 PIPPALI Jason Coyle 15 56kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Light Fingers Stakes nominations will be published here once released by Racing NSW on Monday February 8, 2021.

Seventeen fillies make-up the Light Fingers Stakes 2021 nominations including Chris Waller’s Flight Stakes runner-up Hungry Heart and the ultra-consistent star Away Game.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1114215×23 AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 56kg 98
2 215x2227x HUNGRY HEART F 3 Chris Waller 2 56kg 94
3 0x285168x3 THERMOSPHERE F 3 James Cummings 3 56kg 86
4 1622x4330x VANGELIC F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4 56kg 87
5 1x2298x46x EVERY ROSE F 3 Mark Newnham 5 56kg 79
6 2121x KAHMA LASS (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards 6 56kg 98
7 11×11715 NEVER TALK F 3 Kris Lees 7 56kg 78
8 x33111520x JOVIALITY F 3 Chris Waller 8 56kg 79
9 523x21134x ELIZABEEL F 3 John Sargent 9 56kg 71
10 13x222242x SWEET REPLY F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 10 56kg 76
11 13477x60x4 PHILIZZY F 3 Anthony Cummings 11 56kg 73
12 51x1353x3 NICCI’S FLING F 3 Gary Portelli 12 56kg 65
13 4x6x4108x3 ORPHEUM F 3 Ron Quinton 13 56kg 64
14 3x2150x4 LOVE SENSATION F 3 Kevin Corstens 14 56kg 65
15 311 SHE CAN SING F 3 Michael Costa 15 56kg 62
16 6514x OBIRI F 3 Edward Cummings 16 56kg 60
17 51 PIPPALI F 3 Jason Coyle 17 56kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Light Fingers Stakes History

The Light Fingers Stakes was classified as a Listed race from 1983 until 1985 before it was granted Group 2 status in 1986. However, in 1987 the race status was changed to Group 3. In 1991 the Light Fingers Stakes regained it’s Group 2 status and has held it ever since.

Notable recent Light Fingers Stakes winners include subsequent Surround Stakes champ Nakeeta Jane (2018), Alizee (2018), Global Glamour (2017) who won the previous spring’s Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double, Sweet Idea (2014), Sea Siren (2012) and More Joyous (2010).

In 2020 the Light Fingers Stakes trifecta featured all Godolphin-raced Group 1 fillies with Flit (Thousand Guineas) defeating Lyre (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Kiamichi (Golden Slipper).

See below for the Light Fingers Stakes results dating back to 2000.

Recent Light Fingers Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Every Rose 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Never Talk
3rd Away Game
2020
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Flit 1 minute 10.17 seconds
2nd Lyre
3rd Kiamichi
2019
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Nakeeta Jane 1 minute 9.12 seconds
2nd Madam Rouge
3rd Pohutukawa
2018
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 10.06 seconds
2nd Shumookh
3rd Torvill
2017
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Global Glamour 1 minute 09.70 seconds
2nd Foxplay
3rd Spright
2016
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Perignon 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Kangarilla
3rd Tempt Me Not
2015
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Adrift 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd First Seal
3rd Slightly Sweet
2014
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sweet Idea 1 minute 9.09 seconds
2nd Gypsy Diamond
3rd Champagne Cath
2013
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Bennetta 1 minute 10.16 seconds
2nd Ichihara
3rd Dear Demi
2012
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sea Siren 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Hallowell Belle
2011
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Obsequious 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Parables
2010
Light Fingers Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 9.80 seconds
2nd Trim
3rd Sweepstaking
2009
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Rock Me Baby 1 minute 11.39 seconds
2nd Samantha Miss
3rd Glowlamp
2008
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Forensics 1 minute 10.56 seconds
2nd Sliding Cube
3rd Seething Duck
2007
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 9.07 seconds
2nd Montana Sunset
3rd Montmelo
2006
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Street Smart 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Regal Cheer
3rd Paulini
2005
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Trezevant 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd One In A Million
3rd But I’m Serious
2004
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sharp 1 minute 8.72 seconds
2nd Generosa
3rd Hinting
2003
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Only Glory 1 minute 11.22 seconds
2nd Chuckle
3rd Bumptious
2002
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Ancient Song 1 minute 10.98 seconds
2nd Hosannah
3rd Shouq
2001
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Lady Mulan 1 minute 9.61 seconds
2nd Maitland Gold
3rd Belle Du Jour
2000
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Camena 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Miss Zoe
3rd Hut

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