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.

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Flit
  • 2nd: #2 Lyre
  • 3rd: #1 Kiamichi



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 2020 ran on Saturday February 15, 2020 and was won in an upset by returning Thousand Guineas winner Flit who led an all Godolphin-raced trifecta. 

2020 Light Fingers Stakes
Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weights 56kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Flit
  • 2nd: #2 Lyre
  • 3rd: #1 Kiamichi

The Royal Blue army dominated the Light Fingers Stakes 2020 results with the Godolphin-raced Flit ($11) returning with a nearly two length win first-up with the blinkers on for the first time. The Thousand Guineas winner ran the ideal lead-up for the Group 1 Surround Stakes in a fortnight beating Blue Diamond winner Lyre (2nd) and the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi ($11), both also raced by Godolphin for trainers Anthony Freedman and James Cummings respectively.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Light Fingers Stakes win by the Surround Stakes-bound Flit.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 56kg $11
2 2 LYRE Anthony Freedman Nash Rawiller 1.8L 3 56kg $5.50
3 1 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2.3L 2 56kg $11
4 4 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 3.1L 11 56kg $1.80F
5 8 EMERALDS John Sargent Tom Marquand 3.3L 9 56kg $51
6 10 ELECTRIC GIRL Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 5.9L 8 56kg $61
7 6 AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 6.1L 5 56kg $19
8 9 SANGRIA Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 6.3L 6 56kg $13
9 11 DARLING POINT Brad Widdup Joshua Parr 7.5L 4 56kg $101
10 5 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 7.8L 7 56kg $18
11 7 REGIMENTAL BAND Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 12.6L 10 56kg $81

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Betting Odds

The Light Fingers Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

2020 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 2020 field and barriers will be announced on Wednesday February 12, 2020 and published in full below.

Godolphin dominate the 2020 Light Fingers Stakes field this season numbers-wise, the Royal Blue army saddling-up three of the 11 fillies in the mix. The operation are represented by Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi (2), Blue Diamond champ Lyre (3) and Thousand Guineas winning filly Flit (1) drawn the first three barriers. The returning Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini however drawn out in barrier 11 remains top of the Light Fingers Stakes odds.

Click here to read more on the Libertini-led Light Fingers Stakes 2020 field and betting market.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x41130x05x KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 56kg 100
2 1113x4274x LYRE Anthony Freedman Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 100
3 312x2914x FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 56kg 103
4 211x1133x LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 11 56kg 100
5 11x5552x MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 7 56kg 95
6 23x2111x AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 5 56kg 81
7 22x1653x REGIMENTAL BAND Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 10 56kg 68
8 0x21346x EMERALDS John Sargent Tom Marquand 9 56kg 70
9 3011×1 SANGRIA Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 6 56kg 73
10 231 ELECTRIC GIRL Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 8 56kg 64
11 2x163x DARLING POINT Brad Widdup Joshua Parr 4 56kg 62

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Light Fingers Stakes nominations will be published here once released by Racing NSW on Monday February 10, 2020.

Eighteen fillies make-up the Light Fingers Stakes 2020 nominations including Coolmore Stud Stakes placegetter Libertini who is also nominated for Flemington’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning in Melbourne on the same day and Thousand Guineas winner Flit who could race in the Group 3 The Vanity instead.

Libertini has been confirmed to run in the 2020 Light Fingers Stakes and will not head to Melbourne for the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning. Click here to read more.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x41130x05x KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 1 56kg 100
2 1113x4274x LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 2 56kg 100
3 312x2914x FLIT F 3 James Cummings 3 56kg 103
4 211x1133x LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 4 56kg 100
5 11x5552x MISSILE MANTRA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 56kg 95
6 23x2111x AKARI F 3 Brad Widdup 6 56kg 81
7 13x1131x XILONG F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 7 56kg 84
8 7x61231x NUDGE F 3 Chris Waller 8 56kg 76
9 22x1653x REGIMENTAL BAND F 3 Kris Lees 9 56kg 68
10 0x21346x EMERALDS F 3 John Sargent 10 56kg 70
11 211×1 HEART OF THE OAK F 3 Gerald Ryan 11 56kg 73
12 3011×1 SANGRIA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 12 56kg 73
13 2×33231 BEST STONE F 3 John Thompson 13 56kg 64
14 3×123 SAAS FEE F 3 Gerald Ryan 14 56kg 70
15 11 KATALIN F 3 James Cummings 15 56kg 70
16 231 ELECTRIC GIRL F 3 Gwenda Markwell 16 56kg 64
17 2x163x DARLING POINT F 3 Brad Widdup 17 56kg 62
18 6×21 VALDOSTANA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 56kg 62

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
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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