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The Flight Stakes is a 1600m mile event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney.
2019 Flight Stakes Results
- 1st: #1 Funstar
- 2nd: #2 Probabeel
- 3rd: #5 Foxborough
Flight Stakes News
The Flight Stakes is a 1600m set weights race held at Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in late September or early October each 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 Flight Stakes shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) making it one of the biggest Sydney race days over the spring, on part of a massive weekend of racing that also sees Melbourne host Turnbull Stakes 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 other elite level races in Melbourne later in the spring including the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight’s time at Caulfield. Global Glamour (2016) was the last filly to complete the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas interstate double.
This season the Flight Stakes 2019 took place on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won by the odds-on favourite Funstar.
|Date:||Saturday October 5, 2019|
|Race Type:||3YO Fillies Set Weight|
2019 Flight Stakes Results
- 1st: #1 Funstar
- 2nd: #2 Probabeel
- 3rd: #5 Foxborough
See below for the official Flight Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order once the three-years-old fillies’ classic is run and won on Epsom Day, Saturday October 5, 2019 .
The odds-on favourite Funstar was too good for her rivals again in the 2019 Flight Stakes results, the Tea Rose Stakes winning filly completing the double with a big three length win in the Group 1 over the mile.
|1||1||FUNSTAR||Chris Waller||James McDonald||–||2||56kg||$1.75F|
|2||2||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||3.3L||6||56kg||$2.40|
|3||5||FOXBOROUGH||John Sargent||Jay Ford||6.8L||1||56kg||$31|
|4||4||ST COVET’S SPIRIT||Jason Coyle||Jason Collett||7L||3||56kg||$26|
|5||6||OUR GIRL SNITI||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins||10.3L||5||56kg||$51|
|6||3||GIRLS ARE READY||Joe Cleary||Ms Jess Taylor||11.6L||4||56kg||$31|
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.
2019 Flight Stakes Field
Each spring the Flight Stakes field attracts a line-up of quality three-year-old fillies that traditionally come out of the Tea Rose Stakes. The Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double was recently completed by Funstar (2019), Alizee (2017), Guelph (2013) and First Seal (2014).
Following a run in the Flight Stakes field there are a host of other potential Group 1 races for the fillies to target including a run against the boys in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), which the 2018 Flight Stakes winner Oohood ran third behind The Autumn Sun in.
The 2019 Flight Stakes field and barrier draw are released on Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below as soon as final acceptances for the mile feature are released by Racing NSW.
The Flight Stakes 2019 Final Field drew just six fillies with the Chris Waller-trained Funstar the hot favourite in barrier two after a lead-up win in the Tea Rose Stakes.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11×21||FUNSTAR||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2||56kg||94|
|2||211165×42||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56kg||94|
|3||110x84x331||GIRLS ARE READY||Joe Cleary||Ms Jess Taylor||4||56kg||70|
|4||369×618||ST COVET’S SPIRIT||Jason Coyle||Jason Collett||3||56kg||63|
|5||4232×6||FOXBOROUGH||John Sargent||Jay Ford||1||56kg||59|
|6||35×37||OUR GIRL SNITI||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins||5||56kg||56|
2019 Flight Stakes Nominations
The 2019 Flight Stakes nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday leading up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be available below as soon as announced.
Sixty-eight fillies make-up the official Flight Stakes 2019 nominations including hot favourite Libertini who has won the Silver Shadow Stakes – Furious Stakes double this spring.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||711||ACTING (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|2||76×22||ASPECT RATIO||F||3||John Sargent|
|3||62×11||ATEN||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|5||2254×4416||AVON RIVER||F||3||James Cummings|
|6||24x||BALAABEL||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|7||1×1||BEAUTY BOLT||F||3||Grahame Begg|
|8||28×7||BRIGHT RUBICK||F||3||Bjorn Baker|
|9||521×2||CELESTIAL FALLS||F||3||Mark Newnham|
|10||2×16||DARLING POINT||F||3||Brad Widdup|
|12||7×612||EXCELIDA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|13||153||EXCUSED||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|14||345×1||FASCINO (NZ)||F||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|18||3110x84x33||GIRLS ARE READY||F||3||Joe Cleary|
|19||15×0||HILLS||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|20||3x5x171||I AM ELOQUENT||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|21||6255x||JUST ZERENE||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|22||1×1||KALI (NZ)||F||3||Tony Pike|
|23||11×3||KOOWEERUP||F||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|24||323116×2||LA TENE||F||3||James Cummings|
|25||8×110||LADY APPLETON||F||3||Barry Baldwin|
|26||1322||LADY LOIRE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|28||9×15||LAKIA||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|29||3×233||LET IT POUR||F||3||Bjorn Baker|
|31||218||LIVING ROCKS||F||3||Chris Waller|
|32||71×3||LOIRE (NZ)||F||3||Tony Pike|
|35||21×26||MADDI ROCKS||F||3||Chris Waller|
|36||2123||MARNDARRA||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|38||11×5||MISSILE MANTRA||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|39||0x64411||MY SWEET FISH||F||3||John Sargent|
|40||566x2212x||ORIENTAL LILY||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|41||35×3||OUR GIRL SNITI||F||3||Ron Quinton|
|43||0x8||PERFECT IMPRESSION||F||3||Anthony Cummings|
|44||1x105x38||PIN SEC||F||3||James Cummings|
|45||1×5||POINT OF INTEREST||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|46||245×168||PRETTY BRAZEN||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|47||211165×4||PROBABEEL (NZ)||F||3||Jamie Richards|
|48||4×2||RAPTURES||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|49||41x||READY SET SAIL||F||3||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|50||2x||SANDSATION||F||3||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|51||138431x||SHE SHAO FLY||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|52||93×4||SHINING EAGLE||F||3||John Sargent|
|53||14||SILENT SOVEREIGN||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|54||21||SNAPDANCER||F||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|55||21||SOCIAL ORDER (NZ)||F||3||Billy Healey|
|57||15x||SPLENDORONTHEGRASS||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|58||369×6||ST COVET’S SPIRIT||F||3||Jason Coyle|
|59||0x83||STICK ’EM UP||F||3||John Sargent|
|60||1×21||SUBPOENAED (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller|
|62||95x||THE NATURAL||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|65||8×1117||WESTPORT||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|66||3||WRITTEN IN ROSES||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|67||13x||XILONG||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|68||818x||YOU HADME AT HELLO||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
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 is a popular one for the punters, while the more difficult Furious Stakes / Tea Rose Stakes / Flight Stakes Treble has been won by the likes of 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 ninth champion in 2016 with the success of that year’s subsequent Thousand Guineas champion Global Glamour.
Flight Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.
Flight Stakes Results
|1st||Funstar||1 minute 37.31 seconds|
|1st||Oohood||1 minute 34.74 seconds|
|1st||Alizee||1 minute 34.83 seconds|
|1st||Global Glamour||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|1st||Speak Fondly||1 minute 35.91 seconds|
|1st||First Seal||1 minute 34.71 seconds|
|3rd||Thinking Of You|
|1st||Guelph||1 minute 36.23 seconds|
|3rd||Bound For Earth|
|1st||Norzita||1 minute 36.01 seconds|
|1st||Streama||1 minute 36.70 seconds|
|1st||Secret Admirer||1 minute 34.66 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 40.06 seconds|
|1st||Samantha Miss||1 minute 38.49 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Cheeky Choice||1 minute 35.95 seconds|
|2nd||My Lady’s Chamber|
|1st||Fashions Afield||1 minute 37.19 seconds|
|1st||Lotteria||1 minute 37.62 seconds|
|1st||Unearthly||1 minute 36.57 seconds|
|1st||Royal Purler||1 minute 37.39 seconds|
|1st||Ha Ha||1 minute 36.19 seconds|
|1st||Unworldly||1 minute 34.5 seconds|