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.

2022 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Fangirl
  • 2nd: #8 Espiona
  • 3rd: #3 Jamaea



The Light Fingers Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney every February worth $200,000 in total prize money.

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: the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Southern Cross 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.

Fillies out of the race often continue on to contest later season features including the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Chipping Norton 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.

The Light Fingers Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday February 12, 2022 and was won in an upset by the Chris Waller-trained Fangirl ($13) who defeated her boom stablemate Espiona (2nd).

2022 Light Fingers Stakes
Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weights 56kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2022 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Fangirl ($13)
  • 2nd: #8 Espiona
  • 3rd: #3 Jamaea

Click here to read more on the upset 2022 Light Fingers Stakes win by Fangirl over her odds-on stablemate Espiona ahead of their rematch in the Group 1 Surround Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 FANGIRL Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 56kg $13
2 8 ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 0.19L 10 56kg $1.55F
3 3 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Tommy Berry 0.95L 7 56kg $11
4 12 ZOUZARELLA Anthony & Sam Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1.79L 11 56kg $18
5 9 HERESY James Cummings Sam Clipperton 1.81L 3 56kg $31
6 4 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Jason Collett 2.14L 13 56kg $21
7 2 HINGED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.5L 9 56kg $41
8 18e MOKULUA Clarry Conners Brock Ryan 3.77L 6 56kg $81
9 7 ARCADED James Cummings Ms Rachel King 4.07L 4 56kg $41
10 13 JAL LEI John O’Shea Chad Schofield 4.63L 2 56kg $31
11 16e VON TRAPP Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 4.69L 14 56kg $101
12 11 TILIANAM (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5.84L 1 56kg $61
13 1 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 7.5L 12 56kg $10
14 15 ZETARITA Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 8.94L 8 56kg $101
17e SHE’S ALL CLASS Chris Waller 0
14 ROCKLILY Matthew Dunn 0
10 FORZANINI Peter & Paul Snowden 0
6 MALLORY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tom Sherry (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Light Fingers Stakes Betting Odds

The Light Fingers Stakes 2022 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

2022 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 2022 field and barriers will be announced on Wednesday February 9, 2022 and published in full below.

The 2022 Light Fingers Stakes final field features a capacity line-up of fillies led in betting by the undefeated Chris Waller-trained Espiona chasing her third win first-up from out wide (barrier 12) as the odds-on favourite.

  • Scratched: #6 Mallory (17); #10 Forzanini (11); #14 Rocklily (16); #17e She’s All Class (9)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1144x3516x FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 14 56kg 92
2 2x2111026x HINGED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 56kg 92
3 2621x418x9 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Tommy Berry 7 56kg 92
4 x5111630x3 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Jason Collett 15 56kg 89
5 4x3111x FANGIRL Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 56kg 86
6 x139x5320x MALLORY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tom Sherry (a) 17 56kg 86
7 11015x7x ARCADED James Cummings Ms Rachel King 4 56kg 83
8 11x ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 12 56kg 80
9 21x23204x HERESY James Cummings Sam Clipperton 3 56kg 80
10 x5516x1151 FORZANINI Peter & Paul Snowden 11 56kg 78
11 11x9x TILIANAM (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56kg 76
12 1128x ZOUZARELLA Anthony & Sam Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 13 56kg 76
13 3x11x1 JAL LEI John O’Shea Chad Schofield 2 56kg 74
14 9x5210x1 ROCKLILY Matthew Dunn 16 56kg 69
15 2117×44 ZETARITA Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 8 56kg 64
16e 7140x VON TRAPP Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 18 56kg 75
17e 3x132x880x SHE’S ALL CLASS Chris Waller 9 56kg 84
18e 2x327791x MOKULUA Clarry Conners 6 56kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations

The 2022 Light Fingers Stakes nominations will be published here once released by Racing NSW on Monday February 7, 2022.

Twenty-three fillies make-up the Light Fingers Stakes 2022 nominations this season including six for Chris Waller led by the undefeated Espiona and her Group 3 winning stablemate Fangirl chasing a fourth win on the trot if accepted.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11015x7x ARCADED F 3 James Cummings 83
2 11x ESPIONA F 3 Chris Waller 80
3 4x3111x FANGIRL F 3 Chris Waller 86
4 4211 FINEPOINT F 3 Chris Waller 70
5 x5516x1151 FORZANINI F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 78
6 1144x3516x FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent 92
7 21x23204x HERESY F 3 James Cummings 80
8 2x2111026x HINGED F 3 Chris Waller 92
9 3x11x1 JAL LEI F 3 John O’Shea 74
10 2621x418x9 JAMAEA F 3 Robert & Luke Price 92
11 21x172267x LARKSPUR RUN F 3 James Cummings 75
12 x139x5320x MALLORY F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 86
13 2x327791x MOKULUA F 3 Clarry Conners 80
14 26×1 RINGAROSA F 3 Gary Portelli 62
15 9x5210x1 ROCKLILY F 3 Matthew Dunn 69
16 123x ROOTS F 3 Chris Waller 65
17 1 SHADES OF ROSE F 3 Bjorn Baker 57
18 3x132x880x SHE’S ALL CLASS F 3 Chris Waller 84
19 x5111630x3 STARTANTES F 3 Robert Heathcote 89
20 11x9x TILIANAM (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 76
21 7140x VON TRAPP F 3 Mark Newnham 75
22 2117×44 ZETARITA F 3 Kris Lees 64
23 1128x ZOUZARELLA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 76

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
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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