Light Fingers Stakes

The Light Fingers Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Carnival for 3YO fillies.

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Kimochi
  • 2nd: #3 Learning To Fly
  • 3rd: #5 Kristilli



The Light Fingers Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney every February worth $300,000 in total prize money as of 2024.

Run over a distance of 1200m, the Light Fingers Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies and is contested with set weights. It takes place on Apollo Stakes Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is accompanied by three other Group status races with the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), and Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).

The race is named in honour of New Zealand bred mare Light Fingers who won the Melbourne Cup in 1965 and was the first Cup winner for legendary trainer Bart Cummings.

Many of the fillies in the Light Fingers Stakes field are kicking off their autumn campaigns, and some may have run in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at the track during the spring including in 2016 – 2017 when Global Glamour won both races, and in 2017-18 when Alizee repeated the same double.

The 2024 Light Fingers Stakes winner Kimochi (2nd in 2023) was the latest to have had a Flight Stakes run the year prior.

Fillies out of the race often continue on to contest later season features including the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day and even the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in March.

Nakeeta Jane (2019) was the last filly to complete the Light Fingers – Surround Stakes double.

Fangirl (2022) was the last filly to complete the Light Fingers – Vinery Stud Stakes double.

The 2022 Light Fingers Stakes form was further franked with the Light Fingers – Vinery double winner Fangirl returning in the spring for a second in the $10 million Golden Eagle.

In 2023 the Light Fingers Stakes winner In Secret won first-up having claimed Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the Melbourne Cup Carnival the spring before.

In Secret went on to frank the Light Fingers Stakes 2023 form with a third in the Surround Stakes at her next start before winning Melbourne’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m). The Surround Stakes winner in 2023 meanwhile was Light Fingers runner-up Sunshine In Paris.

The Light Fingers Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday February 17, 2024 at Royal Randwick and saw the Gary Portelli-trained Kimochi ($6.50) dig deep for her first Group status win. 

2024 Light Fingers Stakes
Date: Saturday February 17, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weights 56kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Kimochi ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #3 Learning To Fly
  • 3rd: #5 Kristilli

After a string of frustrating runner-up finishes last spring, Gary Portelli’s filly Kimochi finally shed her bridesmaid tag in dramatic fashion. In a thrilling Light Fingers Stakes 2024 victory, the $6.50 shot held off the fast-finishing Learning To Fly in a heart-pounding first-up battle. This win marks a well-deserved breakthrough for the talented filly and sets the stage for an exciting autumn campaign.

Click here to read more on the deserving Light Fingers Stakes 2024 win by Kimochi.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 3 56kg $6.50
2 3 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 0.07L 11 56kg $4.20F
3 5 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 1.83L 8 56kg $18
4 12 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.26L 9 56kg $26
5 7 FACILE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 2.6L 2 56kg $13
6 2 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 2.83L 10 56kg $4.60
7 9 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3.09L 7 56kg $6.50
8 6 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3.96L 1 56kg $14
9 11 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 5.38L 5 56kg $81
10 4 MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 16.33L 4 56kg $6.50
11 13 I’M A STEEL Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Dylan Gibbons (a) 18L 6 56kg $81
8 WEST OF DALBY Benjamin Smith Brock Ryan 0
10 BALLROOM BELLA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tyler Schiller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Betting Odds

The Light Fingers Stakes 2024 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

In Secret ($1.95 in 2023) was the last favourite in Light Fingers Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 LIGHT FINGERS STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 LIGHT FINGERS STAKES FORM GUIDE

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Light Fingers Stakes 2024 Tips on the Apollo Stakes Day event this summer – autumn racing season.

  • To Win: #1 Kimochi ($9 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Godolphin’s Brave Smash filly Kimochi emerges as a potential value pick, offering a chance to finally shed her bridesmaid label and claim a deserved Group 2 victory. The consistent filly has built a remarkable streak of eight second or third-place finishes in her nine career starts, demonstrating her talent and competitiveness. Last spring, she impressed in the Princess Series, recording a string of three frustrating runner-up finishes, culminating in the prestigious Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m). Undeterred, she continued her strong form southward, placing second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas. Her recent eye-catching trial at Warwick Farm behind the promising Learning To Fly further confirms her current fitness and readiness. While consistency has been her hallmark, she now looks primed to take that final step and secure her first victory in a Group status race. Her combination of proven ability, strong recent form, and potentially underrated status makes her an intriguing option in this competitive field.

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Field

The Light Fingers Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of the autumn’s best three-year-old fillies, many of which are first-up off spring races including the Thousand Guineas in Melbourne.

The official Light Fingers Stakes 2024 field and barriers will be announced on Wednesday February 14, 2024 and published in full below.

The 2024 Light Fingers Stakes final field features a quality line-up of Group 1-bound fillies including James Cummings’ last start Thousand Guineas runner-up Kimochi and the returning Learning To Fly who races for the first time since pulling up lame after severe interference in the Golden Slipper nearly a year ago.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 13x322232x KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 3 56kg 96
2 42x11169x TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 12 56kg 92
3 111Lx LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 13 56kg 90
4 35x43911x MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 4 56kg 87
5 21x08x4 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 8 56kg 84
6 15x188x AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1 56kg 83
7 2x522x120x FACILE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 2 56kg 80
8 189x05121x WEST OF DALBY Benjamin Smith Brock Ryan 11 56kg 79
9 32x1165x ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 7 56kg 77
10 7x1122x BALLROOM BELLA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tyler Schiller 10 56kg 71
11 24x4012x KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 5 56kg 70
12 56x331x123 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 9 56kg 67
13 181 I’M A STEEL Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Dylan Gibbons (a) 6 56kg 61

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations

The 2024 Light Fingers Stakes nominations will be published here once released by Racing NSW on Monday February 12, 2024.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111Lx LEARNING TO FLY F 3 Annabel Neasham 1 56kg 90
2 11x007121x ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 2 56kg 102
3 21x08x4 KRISTILLI F 3 Annabel Neasham 3 56kg 84
4 13x322232x KIMOCHI F 3 Gary Portelli 4 56kg 96
5 42x11169x TIZ INVINCIBLE F 3 Ciaron Maher 5 56kg 92
6 x9838x2261 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 6 56kg 79
7 35x43911x MUMBAI MUSE F 3 Michael Freedman 7 56kg 87
8 15x188x AUTUMN BALLET F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 56kg 83
9 2x522x120x FACILE F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 9 56kg 80
10 32x1165x ARCTIC GLAMOUR F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 10 56kg 77
11 189x05121x WEST OF DALBY F 3 Benjamin Smith 11 56kg 79
12 56x331x123 STEFI MAGNETICA F 3 Bjorn Baker 12 56kg 67
13 7x1122x BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 13 56kg 71
14 24x4012x KIND WORDS F 3 Kris Lees 14 56kg 70
15 2x19140x6 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 15 56kg 74
16 313 BALLET D’ESPRIT F 3 Michael Freedman 16 56kg 64
17 181 I’M A STEEL F 3 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 17 56kg 61
18 1×3 THE HAWKESBURY F 3 Clarry Conners 18 56kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Light Fingers Stakes History

The Light Fingers Stakes was classified as a Listed race from 1983 until 1985 before it was granted Group 2 status in 1986. However, in 1987 the race status was changed to Group 3. In 1991 the Light Fingers Stakes regained it’s Group 2 status and has held it ever since.

Notable recent Light Fingers Stakes winners include subsequent Surround Stakes champ Nakeeta Jane (2018), Alizee (2018), Global Glamour (2017) who won the previous spring’s Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double, Sweet Idea (2014), Sea Siren (2012), and More Joyous (2010).

In 2020 the Light Fingers Stakes trifecta featured all Godolphin-raced Group 1 fillies with Flit (Thousand Guineas) defeating Lyre (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Kiamichi (Golden Slipper).

See below for the Light Fingers Stakes results dating back to 2000.

Recent Light Fingers Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Kimochi 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Learning To Fly
3rd Kristilli
2023
Light Fingers Stakes
1st In Secret 1 minute 10.20 seconds
2nd Sunshine In Paris
3rd Cinderella Days
2022
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Fangirl 1 minute 9.88 seconds
2nd Espiona
3rd Jamaea
2021
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Every Rose 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Never Talk
3rd Away Game
2020
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Flit 1 minute 10.17 seconds
2nd Lyre
3rd Kiamichi
2019
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Nakeeta Jane 1 minute 9.12 seconds
2nd Madam Rouge
3rd Pohutukawa
2018
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 10.06 seconds
2nd Shumookh
3rd Torvill
2017
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Global Glamour 1 minute 09.70 seconds
2nd Foxplay
3rd Spright
2016
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Perignon 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Kangarilla
3rd Tempt Me Not
2015
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Adrift 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd First Seal
3rd Slightly Sweet
2014
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sweet Idea 1 minute 9.09 seconds
2nd Gypsy Diamond
3rd Champagne Cath
2013
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Bennetta 1 minute 10.16 seconds
2nd Ichihara
3rd Dear Demi
2012
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sea Siren 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Hallowell Belle
2011
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Obsequious 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Parables
2010
Light Fingers Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 9.80 seconds
2nd Trim
3rd Sweepstaking
2009
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Rock Me Baby 1 minute 11.39 seconds
2nd Samantha Miss
3rd Glowlamp
2008
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Forensics 1 minute 10.56 seconds
2nd Sliding Cube
3rd Seething Duck
2007
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 9.07 seconds
2nd Montana Sunset
3rd Montmelo
2006
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Street Smart 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Regal Cheer
3rd Paulini
2005
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Trezevant 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd One In A Million
3rd But I’m Serious
2004
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Sharp 1 minute 8.72 seconds
2nd Generosa
3rd Hinting
2003
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Only Glory 1 minute 11.22 seconds
2nd Chuckle
3rd Bumptious
2002
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Ancient Song 1 minute 10.98 seconds
2nd Hosannah
3rd Shouq
2001
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Lady Mulan 1 minute 9.61 seconds
2nd Maitland Gold
3rd Belle Du Jour
2000
Light Fingers Stakes
1st Camena 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Miss Zoe
3rd Hut

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