Flight Stakes

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



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. 

Flight Stakes
Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

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.

Read more on the big 2019 Flight Stakes win by Waller’s filly Funstar.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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.

Read more on the Funstar-led 2019 Flight Stakes Field & Odds.

# 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.

Read more on the Libertini-led 2019 Flight Stakes nominations now.

# 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
4 1x34334x55 ATHIRI F 3 James Cummings
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
11 0x213 EMERALDS F 3 John Sargent
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
15 312×2 FLIT F 3 James Cummings
16 4232×6 FOXBOROUGH F 3 John Sargent
17 11×2 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller
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
27 3 LADYLOVESTOGAMBLE F 3 Clare Cunningham
28 9×15 LAKIA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
29 3×233 LET IT POUR F 3 Bjorn Baker
30 211×11 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings
31 218 LIVING ROCKS F 3 Chris Waller
32 71×3 LOIRE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
33 2 LUNAKORN F 3 Anthony Freedman
34 51113×4 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman
35 21×26 MADDI ROCKS F 3 Chris Waller
36 2123 MARNDARRA F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
37 11×5 MEUSE F 3 Anthony Freedman
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
42 4 PARCHE F 3 Gary Portelli
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
56 7×1 SOUTHBANK F 3 Anthony Freedman
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
61 1x1100x5 TENLEY F 3 James Cummings
62 95x THE NATURAL F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
63 31×3 TRAGIC F 3 Anthony Freedman
64 183×42 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan
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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Flight Stakes
1st Funstar 1 minute 37.31 seconds
2nd Probabeel
3rd Foxborough
2018
Flight Stakes
1st Oohood 1 minute 34.74 seconds
2nd Fiesta
3rd Nakeeta Jane
2017
Flight Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 34.83 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Cellargirl
2016
Flight Stakes
1st Global Glamour 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Yankee Rose
3rd Sezanne
2015
Flight Stakes
1st Speak Fondly 1 minute 35.91 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Perignon
2014
Flight Stakes
1st First Seal 1 minute 34.71 seconds
2nd Winx
3rd Thinking Of You
2013
Flight Stakes
1st Guelph 1 minute 36.23 seconds
2nd Sensibility
3rd Bound For Earth
2012
Flight Stakes
1st Norzita 1 minute 36.01 seconds
2nd Longport
3rd Dear Demi
2011
Flight Stakes
1st Streama 1 minute 36.70 seconds
2nd Hallowell Belle
3rd Dowager Queen
2010
Flight Stakes
1st Secret Admirer 1 minute 34.66 seconds
2nd More Strawberries
3rd Parables
2009
Flight Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 40.06 seconds
2nd Sister Madly
3rd Hurtle Myrtle
2008
Flight Stakes
1st Samantha Miss 1 minute 38.49 seconds
2nd Portillo
3rd Kimillsy
2007
Flight Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Flight Stakes
1st Cheeky Choice 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Fleur Royale
2005
Flight Stakes
1st Fashions Afield 1 minute 37.19 seconds
2nd Beauty Watch
3rd Mnemosyne
2004
Flight Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 37.62 seconds
2nd Cincinnati Gal
3rd Covertly
2003
Flight Stakes
1st Unearthly 1 minute 36.57 seconds
2nd Santissima
3rd Classy Dane
2002
Flight Stakes
1st Royal Purler 1 minute 37.39 seconds
2nd Victory Vein
3rd Private Steer
2001
Flight Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 36.19 seconds
2nd Moonflute
3rd Hosannah
2000
Flight Stakes
1st Unworldly 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Picholine
3rd Lady Mulan

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