Flight Stakes 2021 Field & Betting: Startantes Narrow Favourite

September 30, 2021

Flight Stakes 2021 Field & Betting: Startantes Narrow Favourite

The Rob Heathcote-trained Brisbane raider Startantes is narrow favourite in a wide-open Flight Stakes 2021 betting market this weekend in Sydney on the quick back-up.

Four Moves Ahead (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Tea Rose Stakes winner Four Moves Ahead backs-up in the 2021 Flight Stakes over the mile on Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

A field of 16 three-year-old fillies face off over the Randwick mile in the Group 1 $750,000 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m) this Epsom Handicap Day and it is a top first-half of the market.

Narrow favourite at $4 in the Flight Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Star Turn filly Startantes, a winner of five of her nine starts to date.

Not among the original nominations, she was a late entry for connections following an eye-catching sixth at big odds behind In The Congo in last Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

Fit and ready to fire from barrier six with Sam Clipperton coming aboard for the ride, there’s plenty of money coming in for the fast-finishing filly who is tipped to relish a step up to 1600m here.

Two other in-form fillies follow closely in the Flight Stakes markets with Mallory ($5) and Four Moves Ahead ($4.80) drawn opposite ends of the field in gates five and 13 respectively.

The Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou-trained Mallory is fourth-up with Hugh Bowman riding, the hoop chasing his sixth Flight Stakes winning ride.

Bowman’s five previous victories came aboard: Cheeky Choice (2006), Samantha Miss (2008), Streama (2011), Norzita (2012) and Montefilia (2020) last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

He looks to be on a genuine hope again this season with Not A Single Doubt filly Mallory improving with each run in the Princess Series including her devastatingly close second in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) last time out.

Her narrow conqueror in the Tea Rose, the John Sargent-trained Four Moves Ahead also backs-up in the Group 1 this weekend looking to do the double most recently achieved by Funstar (2019).

She has work to do from the wide draw however but remains a genuine contender with proven form on Soft going should the track downgrade.

Rounding out the single-figure hopes at a more generous $8 is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Swift Witness, winner of the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) first-up back in August.

Since then she has run sixth in the Furious Stakes and third in the Tea Rose Stakes, only beaten a culminative two lengths across both traces.

Co-trainer Waterhouse boasts a record nine Flight Stakes victories most recently with Global Glamour (2016) who she prepared in partnership with Bott.

Along with Swift Witness she chases an incredible 10th success roughie hope Never Been Kissed ($34).

The other notable hopefuls include tipped improver She’s All Class ($11) for Chris Waller and her last start winning stablemate at Goulburn Fangirl ($14).

Click here for the latest Flight Stakes 2021 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Flight Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1144×351 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 13 56kg 92
2 2x139x532 MALLORY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Hugh Bowman 5 56kg 89
3 31020×163 SWIFT WITNESS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 56kg 89
4 3x132x88 SHE’S ALL CLASS Chris Waller James McDonald 10 56kg 84
5 2131×51116 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Sam Clipperton 6 56kg 84
6 14×326 LATINO BLEND (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 56kg 78
7 112×21110 HINGED Chris Waller Glen Boss 4 56kg 76
8 714 VON TRAPP Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 14 56kg 75
9 8628×7165 CHILL Anthony Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 1 56kg 74
10 25×491 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 15 56kg 68
11 6x38x1867 LOVEMETENDER Anthony Cummings Robbie Dolan 11 56kg 65
12 4×31 FANGIRL Chris Waller Jeff Penza 12 56kg 64
13 119 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 3 56kg 64
14 4×496 STRAY Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 2 56kg 59
15 58×82 GALACTIC ANGEL Anthony Cummings Brock Ryan (a) 16 56kg 57
16 3×222 LEFT REELING (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 9 56kg 57

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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