Flight Stakes

Flight Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2022
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $750,000
Distance: 1600m

Raced on the same day as The Metropolitan and the Epsom Handicap in early October at Randwick, the Flight Stakes is a Group 1 race $750,000.

The 1600m race for three-year-old fillies is Sydney’s premier juvenile race for fillies and the winners list is an incredible list of champion runners.

The Flight Stakes is the fourth leg of the Princess series for fillies which includes the Silver Shadow Stakes, The Furious Stakes and the Tea Rose Stakes. Only one horse has won all four with Samantha Miss creating history in 2008.

In this year’s edition Dame Giselle will be attempting to join Samantha Miss in being only the second galloper to complete the four legs in a row and has come up a second favourite in the market.

It’s a race which is typically won by future top-liners and it continues to stand the test of time as one of Australia’s best horse races. Punters love this aspect about the Flight Stakes and the favoured runners are usually heavily-backed in the win markets.

2022 Flight Stakes betting odds

Who will join the likes of Never Been Kissed on the Flight Stakes honour roll in 2022?

To Be Confirmed closer to racing date.

Best Flight Stakes bookmakers

One of the most popular betting races during the year, the Flight Stakes attracts big and small punters throughout Australia. The bigger punters see the race as a good opportunity to find a potential champion at a good price and the general public love seeing good thoroughbreds in action.

Due to it being the final leg of a series, it’s tough for bookmakers to open markets early. Our recommended bookmakers will open All In markets which offer nice odds, but there is the risk that your runner won’t start.

Fixed odds markets will be opened with the following bookmakers.

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Flight Stakes betting guide

Gai Waterhouse
Gai Waterhouse has ten Flight Stakes wins to her name. Photo: Racing.com

Betting in the Flight Stakes has been relatively straight forward in recent history. Apart from upset winner Secret Admirer in 2010 which paid $16, Montefilia in 2020 as a $12 chance and the blowout win by Never Been Kissed at $41 in 2021, the winners have been well-found in the market.

Seven of the last twelve favourites have won and the 2014 and 2015 winners both paid a slim price of $2.25. Guelph won in 2013 paying an extremely skinny $1.30 with bookmakers. The Darley filly had an excellent record and it was the shortest-priced winner in Flight Stakes history.

Yankee Rose ran as the $1.90 favourite in 2016, but subsequently finished second behind Global Glamour which closed at $6.50 with bookmakers.

Since 1983, there has been only six double-figure odds winners. Punters should look towards the favourites as this is a champion-making mile and the good horses are set for this.

The champions which have won the Flight Stakes include Sunline, More Joyous and Samantha Miss. All three were heavy favourites coming into the race and scored impressive wins.

There have been some well-fancied beaten runners, too. Champion mare Winx finished second in 2014 behind First Seal, More Strawberries was beaten by Secret Admirer in 2010 and a host of other horses have been placed behind the winners.

The best form guide leading into the Flight Stakes is the Tea Rose Stakes. 14 horses have come out of the Tea Rose with nine completing the double. The rise up to 1600m from the 1400m is ideal for the improving fillies so keep an eye on all of the Princess series races.

Gai Waterhouse has won the Flight Stakes on ten occasions from 31 starts. Her tenth win came in 2021 with Never Been Kissed in partnership with Regan Bayliss.

Jockey Hugh Bowman has won the Flight Stakes five times from 11 starts.

2021 Flight Stakes result

1stNever Been Kissed ($41.00)
2ndHinged ($20.00)
3rdStartantes ($4.40)

Recent Flight Stakes winners

  • It was a dream come true for jockey Regan Bayliss as he secures his first double Group One win on October 2nd winning the 2021 Epsom Handicap and the 2021 Flight Stakes with Never Been Kissed. When running favourite Startantes looked to be stuck at the back of the pack and no clear gap in sight eyes turned to Four Moves Ahead to claim the 2021 Flight Stakes. Although with the beautiful persistence of Never Been Kissed, the three year old filly crossed the line .29 lengths ahead of Hinged and giving Gai Waterhouse her 10th win in the race.
  • The David Payne-trained Montefilia put the writing on the wall in the Tea Rose Stakes putting in the best race sectionals, and Montefilia subsequently came out and won the Flight Stakes. The filly managed to wear down race favourite Hungry Heart in the home straight and upon doing so handed jockey Hugh Bowman his fifth Flight Stakes success.
  • The Chris Waller trained filly gave no one else a chance when absolutely dominating the Flight Stakes when leading all the way to go on to score by nearly 3.5 lengths and punters were already in the queue to collect by the 200 metre mark, when second elect Probabeel was struglging to stay in the same postcode as the Waller trained filly, which handed the star trainer his first Flight Stakes.
  • Tony McEvoy-trained filly Oohood had the unwanted moniker of “best maiden in the country” after a number of brilliant group runs, but the tag was shaken off in the Flight Stakes in spectacular fashion. In a driving finish where four horses where all legitimate chances heading to the line Oohood stuck the neck out at the perfect time to secure a famous win.
  • Alizee again showed its true ability by winning the Flight Stakes in emphatic fashion. The James Cummings-trained filly entered the race having beaten a similar field and it made mince meat of them again at Randwick. The 2.25-length win came over Golden Rose placegetter Champagne Cuddles with Cellargirl a further 2.25 lengths back in third. Read report here.
  • Gai Waterhouse scored her ninth Flight Stakes win when Global Glamour led from start to finish. In training partnership with Adrian Bott, who won his first Flight Stakes, the three-year-old filly defied an early track bias by leading from the outset and breaking the hearts of its rivals. Global Glamour had been unlucky during its first two spring campaign starts, but jockey Tim Clark took luck out of the occasion. Top fluctuation of $7 was offered for the daughter of Star Witness. Read full report.
  • Speak Fondly gave Gai Waterhouse her eighth Flight Stakes victory in 2015 when the filly fought back on the line to beat Honesta. The daughter of Northern Meteor showed its fighting characteristics with Tommy Berry in the saddle as the punters cheered the $2.25 favourite home.
  • First Seal faced only a field of seven runners, but it provided one of the most impressive victories in Flight Stakes history. The John Thompson-trained filly defeated future champion Winx by three lengths in an effortless display of galloping. It was never able to recreate the same form, but the $700,000 sales purchase proved its worth on this occasion.
  • Another small field was presented in 2013 with Guelph winning as the shortest-priced favourite in history. The Peter Snowden-trained filly won by 1.8 lengths over a field which didn’t contain many superstars. Most other contenders were scared off by Guelph and it did the job as expected.
  • Norzita was an easy 2.5-length winner in 2012. The daughter of Thorn Park joined in with under 300m to go and raced away for the win over Longport and Dear Demi. It was an even field which included some nice types, but it was one-way traffic for Norzita.
  • Hugh Bowman kicked home another winner with Streama in 2011, and it was a scintillating victory at that. The Guy Walter-trained filly came into the race with good form, but not many predicted it would win by 6.3 lengths. The beaten brigade included Hallowell Belle and Dowager Queen, which were both worthy contestants, but Streama left them for dust. It would continue to win throughout a strong career.

  • Previous Flight Stakes winners

    Flight StakesPast Winners
    Year Horse Jockey Trainer
    2021 Never Been Kissed Regan Bayliss Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    2020 Montefilia Hugh Bowman David Payne
    2019 Funstar James McDonald Chris Waller
    2018 Oohood Tim Clark Tony McEvoy
    2017 Aliizee Glyn Schofield James Cummings
    2016 Global Glamour Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    2015 Speak Fondly Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    2014 First Seal Blake Shinn John Thompson
    2013 Guelph Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
    2012 Norzita Hugh Bowman James Cummings
    2011 Streama Hugh Bowman Guy Walter
    2010 Secret Admirer Brenton Avdulla Grahame Begg
    2009 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
    2008 Samantha Miss Hugh Bowman Kris Lees
    2007 Race Not Held
    2006 Cheeky Choice Hugh Bowman Gai Waterhouse
    2005 Fashions Afield Danny Beasley Gai Waterhouse
    2004 Lotteria Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
    2003 Unearthly Corey Brown David Hayes
    2002 Royal Purler Patrick Payne Gregory Hickman
    2001 Ha Ha Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
    2000 Unwordly Larry Cassidy John Hawkes

    Flight Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

    Flight Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
    Year Horse
    1999 Danglissa
    1998 Sunline
    1997 Only A Lady
    1996 Assertive Lass / Dashing Eagle
    1995 Pontal Lass
    1994 Danarani
    1993 Angst
    1992 Slight Chance
    1991 Electrique
    1990 Triscay
    1989 A Little Kiss
    1988 Research
    1987 Judyann
    1986 Bounding Away
    1985 Tingo Tango
    1984 Goleen
    1983 La Caissiere
    1982 Gelsomino
    1981 Allez Show
    1980 Fiancee
    1979 Snowing
    1978 Jubilee Walk
    1977 Sun Sally
    1976 Apollua
    1975 Gloomy Isle
    1974 Cap D’Antibes
    1973 Better Comment
    1972 Siduri
    1971 Better Gleam
    1970 Tropic Jewel
    1969 Natal Lass
    1968 Flying Fable
    1967 Flying Gauntlet
    1966 Candy Floss
    1965 Fawnia
    1964 Reveille
    1963 Slepsie
    1962 Jan’s Image
    1961 Hoa Hine
    1960 Wenona Girl
    1959 Weeamera
    1958 Straightlaced
    1957 Amneris
    1956 French Fable
    1955 Brimses
    1954 Travel Free
    1953 Redeswood
    1952 Bush Chapel
    1951 Blue’s Sister
    1950 Putoko
    1949 Mona’s Choice
    1948 Wattle
    1947 Nizam’s Ring
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