Flight Stakes Betting

Looking for early info on this year’s Flight Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Part of the Epsom Handicap racecard at Royal Randwick during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, this event is exclusively for three year old fillies bearing set weights, making it a good value bet for any seasoned punters who have been watching the up and coming fillies and can factor in which horses will get an advantage from the weight system.

The Group 1 Flight Stakes takes place over a mile (1600m) and offers $750,000 in prize money after being boosted from half-a-million in 2021. It is named in honour of dual Cox Plate winning mare Flight (1945, 1946).

A good race to pay attention to before the Flight Stakes is the Tea Rose Takes, which takes place earlier in September. Also for 3 year old fillies and with set weights, but 200 metres shorter in distance, winning or placing in the Tea Rose Stakes has come to be known as a strong indicator of Flight Stakes success. Funstar (2019) was the last filly to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double. 

The Flight Stakes is the final leg of the Princess Series of Races which also includes the Tea Rose Stakes, Silver Shadow Stakes and Furious Stakes.

The top Flight Stakes graduates may back-up against the boys on the seven day turnaround into the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), a double completed by Montefilia in 2020.

Flight Stakes fillies may also be invited to contest the newly-created $2 million The Invitation (1400m) back at the track on Bondi Stakes Day.

Flight Stakes 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
  • Race Starts: TBA
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Weight Class: Set weights
  • Qualification: Three year olds (only fillies)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $750,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1947
  • 2021 Flight Stakes Winner: Never Been Kissed

flight Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Flight Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2, 2022.

  1. #13 Never Been Kissed
  2. #7 Hinged
  3. #5 Startantes

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Never Been Kissed ($41) relished a step-up to a mile to score a blowout victory in the 2021 Flight Stakes results ahead of a potential Melbourne run in the Thousand Guineas.

Flight Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Flight Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Flight Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Flight Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Flight Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Flight Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Flight Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Flight Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Flight Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Flight Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Flight Stakes in 2021

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  1. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  2. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  3. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Flight Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Flight Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE flight stakes IN 2021

When deciding on which horse will win the Flight Stakes in 2021 there are a number of key factors to consider including their lead-up form, previous record over 1600m and past Group 1 performances.

Other things to look at when picking the Flight Stakes winner include:

  • Waterhouse Wonders – Gai Waterhouse has trained an incredible ten previous Flight Stakes winners so watching for fillies out of the Tulloch Lodge stable can be a good bet. Her latest was 40/1 outsider Never Been Kissed in 2021.
  • Tea Rose Form – The Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes has provided more Flight Stakes winning fillies than any other lead-up.

flight stakes FAVOURITES 2021

The early Flight Stakes favourites for 2021 include Golden Slipper winner Four Moves Ahead, the Chris Waller-trained She’s All Class and Golden Rose graduate Startantes

Favourites have an excellent strike rate in the race with the last Flight Stakes favourite to win being Funstar (2019).

Flight Stakes Field 2021

The official Flight Stakes 2020 field is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Flight Stakes final field features an open line-up of smart three-year-old fillies led in betting by Startantes from the Brisbane stables of Rob Heathcote who connections paid the late entry for off her eye-catching Group 1 Golden Rose sixth last weekend.

  • Scratched: #10 Yearning (15)

Flight Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #5 Startantes ($3.70 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Mallory ($6 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #12 Fangirl ($12 at time of publish)

Our insider 2021 Flight Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full Flight Stakes betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


flight stakes 2021 RACE DAY

The Flight Stakes 2021 takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021 as part of Epsom Handicap Day which features a triple shot of Group 1 racing action. Along with Flighty Stakes the other key features running at Royal Randwick that day are the:

flight stakes 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The official Flight Stakes 2021 barrier draw is conducted the Wednesday of race week and will be available in our above Flight Stakes Field section.

Flight Stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations close 11 AM, Monday the 6th of September, 2021.

The 2021 Flight Stakes nominations attracted 59 three-year-old fillies including Silver Shadow Stakes winner Swift Witness, Furious Stakes champion Jamaea and the well-supported Jamaea.

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 2021 Weights

Weights are declared at 4 PM, Tuesday the 28th of September, 2021 and will be published in our above Flight Stakes Field section. 

Flight Stakes 2021 Acceptances

Final acceptances will be declared by 9 AM, Wednesday the 29th of September, 2021. The official Flight Stakes acceptances will be published in our above Flight Stakes Field section. 

flight stakes JOCKEYS 2021

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 29th of September, 2021. The official Flight Stakes jockeys will be available in our above Flight Stakes Field section.

Flights Stakes 2021 Scratchings

Final scratchings will be announced at 7:30 AM, Saturday the 2nd of October, 2021. 

2021 Flight Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #10 Yearning (15)

flight stakes 2021 PRIZE MONEY

The total prize purse is $750,000 – distributed to places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $430,500
2nd $141,000
3rd $74,250
4th $33,375
5th $18,375
6th $7,500
7th $7,500
8th $7,500
9th $7,500
10th $7,500

flight stakes RACE NUMBER 2021

The 2021 Flight Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 3:25pm (AEST) on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 2, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Royal Randwick.

Flight Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full Flight Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Flight Stakes Winners

A list of the past Flight Stakes winners in Australia going back to 1964 can be found below.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Weight (kg)
2021 Never Been Kissed Regan Bayliss Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott 56
2020 Montefilia Hugh Bowman David Payne 56
2019 Funstar James McDonald Chris Waller 56
2017 Oohood Tim Clark Tony McEvoy 56
2017 Alizee Glyn Schofield James Cummings 56
2016 Global Glamour T. Clark Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott 56
2015 Speak Fondly T. Berry Gai Waterhouse 56
2014 First Seal B. Shinn John P Thompson 56
2013 Guelph K. McEvoy PETER SNOWDEN 56
2012 Norzita (NZ) H. Bowman Bart Cummings 56
2011 Streama H. Bowman G H WALTER 56
2010 Secret Admirer B. Avdulla Grahame Begg 56
2009 More Joyous (NZ) N. Rawiller Gai Waterhouse 56
2008 Samantha Miss H. Bowman Kris Lees 56
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Cheeky Choice H. Bowman Gai Waterhouse 56
2005 Fashions Afield D. Beasley Gai Waterhouse 56
2004 Lotteria J. Cassidy Gai Waterhouse 56
2003 Unearthly C. Brown D A HAYES 56
2002 Royal Purler P. Payne Gregory Hickman 56
2001 Ha Ha J. Cassidy Gai Waterhouse 54
2000 Unworldly L. Cassidy J R HAWKES 54
1999 Danglissa C. Munce Gai Waterhouse 54
1998 Sunline (NZ) L. Cassidy T J MCKEE 54
1997 Only A Lady G. Cooksley Clarry Conners 54
1996 *Assertive Lass / Dashing Eagle R.S. Dye / D. Beadman Bart Cummings 54
1995 Pontal Lass G. Boss Gai Waterhouse 54
1994 Danarani K. Moses Clarry Conners 54
1993 Angst C. Carmody Bart Cummings 54
1992 Slight Chance (NZ) G. Cooksley R H THOMSEN 54
1991 Electrique D. Beadman F W MITCHELL 54
1990 Triscay L. Dittman J DENHAM 54
1989 A Little Kiss (NZ) R.S. Dye T J SMITH 54
1988 Research L. Dittman Clarry Conners 54
1987 Judyann K. Moses N C BEGG 54
1986 Bounding Away L. Dittman T J SMITH 54
1985 Tingo Tango S. Scriven D R BOUGOURE 54
1984 Goleen M. Schumacher I W HOCKING 54
1983 La Caissiere R. Quinton N C BEGG 54
1982 Gelsomino (NZ) M. de Montfort 54
1981 Allez Show G. Allendorf 54
1980 Fiancee R. Quinton 54
1979 Snowing J. Duggan 54
1978 Jubilee Walk P. Cook 54
1977 Sun Sally J. Duggan 54
1976 Apollua J. Duggan 54
1975 Gloomy Isle L. Olsen 54
1974 Cap D’Antibes P. Cook 54
1973 Better Comment K. Moses 54
1972 Siduri K. Langby 54
1971 Better Gleam G. Moore 8 7
1970 Tropic Jewel D. Lake 8 7
1969 Natal Lass G. Moore 8 7
1968 Flying Fable G. Moore 8 7
1967 Flying Gauntlet M. Schumacher 8 7
1966 Candy Floss G. Moore 8 7
1965 Fawnia R. Selkrig 8 7
1964 Reveille G. Moore 8 7