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.
- #13 Never Been Kissed
- #7 Hinged
- #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
|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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- Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
- 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:
- Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m);
- Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m);
- Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m);
- Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m);
- Group 3 Gimcarck Stakes (1000m); and the
- Group 3 Breeders’ Plate (1000m).
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|
|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|
|15||1×2||ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ)||F||3||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|16||9x20x23||EMERALD BAY||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|49||8×1||STAR OF CHAOS||F||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|51||31020×16||SWIFT WITNESS||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||89|
|53||71||VON TRAPP||F||3||Mark Newnham||60|
|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.
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.
|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|
|1978||Jubilee Walk||P. Cook||–||54|
|1977||Sun Sally||J. Duggan||–||54|
|1975||Gloomy Isle||L. Olsen||–||54|
|1974||Cap D’Antibes||P. Cook||–||54|
|1973||Better Comment||K. Moses||–||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|