The Flight Stakes is a 1600 metre set weight race for three-year-old fillies run by the Australian Jockey Club. It is held at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day in October.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Fillies Set Weights
- Distance: 1600 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 1 October 2016
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The Flight Stakes was first run as a principal race over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) in 1947 and was won by Nizam’s Ring. The race changed to the metric distance of 1600 metres in 1972 and became a Group 2 race in 1979. In 1985 it was made a Group 1 race and is the only Group 1 race for fillies held during the Sydney Spring Carnival.
Flight was a champion mare who won the Cox Plate in 1945 and 1946 and this race was named in her honour the following year. The race attracts the best three-year-fillies from around Australia. The race was not held in 2007 because of an outbreak of equine influenza that stopped horses being transported in New South Wales.
Most horses have their lead-up run in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes over 1500 metres at Rosehill, which is usually run two weeks earlier. There is a series of four races for three-year-old fillies which is called the Princess Series and consists of the Silver Shadow Stakes (1200 metres), Furious Stakes (1400 metres), Tea Rose Stakes and the Flight Stakes.
2016 Flight Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Flight Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2016 Flight Stakes Tips
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Only six fillies will tackle the $500,000 Sydney Airport Flight Stakes following the scratching of Quick Feet and early favourite Omei Sword. The favourite is now Yankee Rose who was 2nd in the Golden Slipper then won the Sires Produce in the autumn then resumed for 6th in the Golden Rose when she wasn’t suited by leading. Second favourite is Global Glamour who was less than a length from the winner in the Tea Rose last start. Third favourite is Awoke who was 7th in the Tea Rose but was never totally clear and should have finished closer.
Skylight Glow was 2nd in the Tea Rose and should run well again. Sezanne has never run worth than 4th in her 6 race starts and looks suited by the mile. Bridle Lane has improved with each start and could surprise.
For the latest tips on this years Flight Stakes check out the top selections from our tipster panel. The weekends racing tips are uploaded every Friday or you can simply join our newsletter and get them sent direct to your inbox each week. The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|1 Yankee Rose||1 Yankee Rose||1 Yankee Rose|
|3 Skylight Glow||3 Skylight Glow||3 Skylight Glow|
|7 Awoke||5 Sezanne||6 Global Glamour|
|6 Global Glamour||6 Global Glamour||5 Sezanne|
Previous winners of the Flight Stakes:
Samantha Miss (2008) and Angst (1993) are the only two fillies to win all four legs of the Princess Series. Unwordly (2000), Danglissa (1999) and Sunline (1998) all won the Furious Stakes – Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes treble. Other notable winners include Slight Chance, Triscay, Research, Bounding Away, Goleen, Cap d’Antibes, Flying Gauntlet and Wenona Girl. Gai Waterhouse has won this race a record 8 times.
|2016||Global Glamour||Yankee Rose||Sezanne|
|2014||First Seal||Winx||Thinking Of You|
|2013||Guelph||Sensibility||Bound For Earth|
|2011||Streama||Hallowell Belle||Dowager Queen|
|2010||Secret Admirer||More Strawberries||Parables|
|2009||More Joyous (NZ)||Sister Madly||Hurtle Myrtle|
|2007||RACE NOT RUN|
|2006||Cheeky Choice||My Lady’s Chamber||Fleur Royale|
|2005||Fashions Afield||Beauty Watch||Mnemosyne|
|2003||Unearthly (NZ)||Santissima||Classy Dane|
|2002||Royal Purler||Victory Vein||Private Steer|
|2000||Unwordly||Picholine||Lady Mulan (NZ)|