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Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse took her number of wins in the Flight Stakes into double-figures with a brilliant effort from the improving Never Been Kissed over a mile to score the upset in the mile feature for fillies on Epsom Handicap Day.
Relishing getting out to 1600m for this year’s Group 1 $750,000 Darley Flight Stakes, the nicely-bred Tivaci filly atoned for her luckless ninth in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) last time out.
Progressing through the grades at pace this prep, she won a maiden at Hawkesbury first-up before a Class 1 at Newcastle before the Tea Rose Stakes where she got caught wide and stuck on well as a 25/1 outsider.
She went around at big odds again in the Flight Stakes with Regan Bayliss retaining the ride and was so good late to give Waterhouse her 10th win in the feature and her second in partnership with Adrian Bott following their 2016 win with Global Glamour.
“Always been a special race for the stable,” Bott told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-win.
“Fantastic to come back here.
“She was fantastic, incredibly tough the filly.
“We just felt she was going to be a nice filly once she gets out to this sort of trip.
“Thought she ran very well in the Tea Rose where she got caught wide and covered plenty of ground.
“Getting out to a mile, which is what she needed, and a nice soft draw helped as well and he was excellent.
With a more favourable barrier draw in the Flight Stakes, Never Been Kissed was ridden right up on the pace after pouncing out the gates to settle second then third behind her front-running stablemate Swift Witness.
Swift Witness lead around the turn and quickened the pace at the 400m, still two lengths clear at the 200m.
Bayliss was quick on the scene the final furlong however, laying it down to the leader and charging through the line for a half-length win over the fast-finishing Hinged who presented as the threat along the rails.
Super brave on the seven-day back-up off her good effort against the boys in last Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes was the Rob Heathcote-trained Startantes who ran third as the beaten favourite to round out the Flight Stakes trifecta.
Bott said there was a possibility Never Been Kissed could head to Melbourne for a shot at the Group 1 $1 million Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Wednesday, October 13.
“She holds am entry for the Thousand Guineas I believe we kept her in so whether we take her down to Melbourne next weekend we’ll have a look,” he said.
The aforementioned Waterhouse/Bott filly Global Glamour (2016) was the last to complete the interstate Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double.
2021 Flight Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||13||NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||3||56kg||$41|
|2||7||HINGED||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||0.29L||4||56kg||$20|
|3||5||STARTANTES||Robert Heathcote||Sam Clipperton||2.31L||6||56kg||$4.40F|
|4||3||SWIFT WITNESS||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||2.59L||8||56kg||$8|
|5||9||CHILL||Anthony Cummings||Ms Alysha Collett||3.23L||1||56kg||$61|
|6||1||FOUR MOVES AHEAD||John Sargent||Nash Rawiller||4.4L||12||56kg||$5|
|7||16||LEFT REELING (NZ)||John Sargent||Jason Collett||4.75L||9||56kg||$21|
|8||11||LOVEMETENDER||Anthony Cummings||Robbie Dolan||4.97L||11||56kg||$151|
|9||14||STRAY||Anthony Cummings||Glyn Schofield||5.11L||2||56kg||$20|
|10||2||MALLORY||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Hugh Bowman||6.45L||5||56kg||$5|
|11||4||SHE’S ALL CLASS||Chris Waller||James McDonald||6.61L||10||56kg||$9|
|12||6||LATINO BLEND (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8.81L||7||56kg||$31|
|13||8||VON TRAPP||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||15.1L||13||56kg||$13|
|14||15||GALACTIC ANGEL||Anthony Cummings||Brock Ryan (a)||18.55L||14||56kg||$201|
|12||FANGIRL||Chris Waller||Jeff Penza||0|
|10||YEARNING||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||0|
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