The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
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.
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).
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|
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