Flight Stakes

The Flight Stakes is a 1600m mile event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney.

2021 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Never Been Kissed
  • 2nd: #7 Hinged
  • 3rd: #5 Startantes




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 $750,000 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. Funstar (2019) was the last filly to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double.

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.

The best fillies out of the Flight Stakes will take on the boys next-up in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), a rare double achieved in 2020 by the history-making Montefilia.

As of 2021, the Flight Stakes also now serves as a potential lead-up for fillies invited to contest the $2 million The Invitation (1400m) back at Randwick on Bondi Stakes Day.

In 2021 trainer Gai Waterhouse celebrated her 10th Flight Stakes win and second in partnership with Adrian Bott thanks to an upset by Never Been Kissed ($41).

This season the Flight Stakes 2021 took place on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won in a boilover by Never Been Kissed at 40/1. 

Flight Stakes
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2021 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Never Been Kissed
  • 2nd: #7 Hinged
  • 3rd: #5 Startantes

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse took her incredible record in the Flight Stakes 2021 results up to 10 victories thanks to a tough upset by Never Been Kissed at 40/1.

Click here to read more on the shock Flight Stakes 2021 winner Never Been Kissed who could head to the Thousand Guineas in Melbourne next.

See below for the official Flight Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order once the three-years-old fillies’ classic is run and won on Epsom Day, Saturday October 2, 2021.

2021 Flight Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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.

Funstar ($1.75 in 2019) was the last favourite in Flight Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 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.

Sixteen talented fillies do battle in the Flight Stakes 2021 field including the Rob Heathcote-trained late entry Startantes who is on the quick back-up off her Golden Rose sixth last weekend.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2021 Flight Stakes field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #10 Yearning (15)
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. 

2021 Flight Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Flight Stakes nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday leading up to Epsom Handicap Day.

The Flight Stakes 2021 nominations feature 59 fillies including the autumn’s Golden Slipper fourth placegetter Four Moves Ahead, recent Furious Stakes winner Jamaea and the Chris Waller-trained She’s All Class.

Click here to read more about the key Flight Stakes 2021 nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 43×2 ACHIRA F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 60
2 5x AMERICAN ACTRESS (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
3 1×8 ARGENTIA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
4 724x AUDREY GIRL F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
5 49x BA AI GEI NI F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 5x BELLA ROUGE F 3 Chris Waller
7 5121×7 BISCAYNE BAY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 9×263 CAP ESTEL F 3 Anthony Cummings
9 8628×716 CHILL F 3 Anthony Cummings 65
10 665x303x3 COLLIER BAY F 3 Anthony Cummings
11 16×49 COMMANDS THE FIELD F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
12 3 DALCHINI F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 55
13 14 DEVOUT HERO F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
14 DUMA F 3 Garry White
15 1×2 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
16 9x20x23 EMERALD BAY F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
17 4x FANGIRL F 3 Chris Waller
18 1144×35 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent
19 58×8 GALACTIC ANGEL F 3 Anthony Cummings
20 2 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
21 065 GREAT MYSTERY F 3 Clarry Conners
22 21×23 HERESY F 3 James Cummings
23 112x2111x HINGED F 3 Chris Waller 76
24 322×9 HOOVER LUCY F 3 Chris Waller
25 7 I’M DIVINE F 3 Edward Cummings
26 12621×41 JAMAEA F 3 Robert & Luke Price
27 KWEEN KANALI F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 221×172 LARKSPUR RUN F 3 James Cummings
29 14×32 LATINO BLEND (NZ) F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 80
30 3×22 LEFT REELING (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
31 6x38x18 LOVEMETENDER F 3 Anthony Cummings 65
32 2214 MAC ’N’ CHEESE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
33 70x MAGIC MIA F 3 Dean S Smith
34 2x139x53 MALLORY F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
35 2×32 MOKULUA F 3 Clarry Conners
36 3x323x3 MORIOKA F 3 Chris Waller
37 118×47 NAJMATY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 75
38 11 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 64
39 612 NOTIONS F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 59
40 99x PEACEFUL AFFAIR F 3 Anthony Cummings
41 79×175 QUEEN OF DUBAI F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
42 14x050x QUEEN OF WIZARDRY F 3 Annabel Neasham 66
43 1x42x2 ROBODIRA F 3 John O’Shea
44 9×521 ROCKLILY F 3 Matthew Dunn 65
45 1 SEA RIPPLE F 3 David Vandyke
46 3x132x8 SHE’S ALL CLASS F 3 Chris Waller 86
47 23x SHIHONKA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
48 2244 STALKING F 3 James Cummings
49 8×1 STAR OF CHAOS F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
50 4×4 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings 59
51 31020×16 SWIFT WITNESS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 89
52 13320×4434 VIANELLO F 3 James Cummings 66
53 71 VON TRAPP F 3 Mark Newnham 60
54 3 WILLOWY F 3 James Cummings
55 3 WONDERFUL TONIGHT F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
56 WORLD ATLAS F 3 Anthony Cummings
57 25×49 YEARNING F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
58 1 ZELADY LUCK F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 57
59 11 ZOUZARELLA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 and then 10th in 2021 with shock winner Never Been Kissed at 40/1.

Flight Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Flight Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Flight Stakes
1st Never Been Kissed 1 minute 34.04 seconds
2nd Hinged
3rd Startantes
2020
Flight Stakes
1st Montefilia 1 minute 33.04 seconds
2nd Hungry Heart
3rd Vangelic
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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