Flight Stakes

Flight Stakes
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $5,000,000
Distance: 1,600m

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 worth half a million dolalrs.

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.

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.

2017 Flight Stakes result


1stOohood ($14)
2ndFiesta ($5.50 SP)
3rdNakeeta Jane ($14 SP)

2018 Flight Stakes betting odds

El Dorado Dreaming is the early Flight Stakes favourite. Source: Bradley Photos.

The Flight Stakes is one of the most even markets in the race’s history.
Six runners are locked at the $10 quote via Ladbrokes, including El Dorado Dreaming, Fiesta, Miss Fabulass, Oohood, Outbark Barbie and Pretty In Pink.

There’s a further two runners on the next line of betting including Thrillster and Seabrook, which are both locked on the $12 mark.

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 nine Flight Stakes wins to her name. Photo: Racing.com

Betting the Flight Stakes has been relatively straight forward in recent history. Apart from upset winner Secret Admirer in 2010 which paid $16, the winners have been well-found in the market.

Six of the last 10 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 four 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. Twelve horses have come out of the Tea Rose with eight 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 nine occasions from 29 starts. Her ninth win came in 2016 with Global Glamour in partnership with Adrian Bott.

Jockey Hugh Bowman has won the Flight Stakes four times from 10 starts.

Recent Flight Stakes winners

  • 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

Previous Flight Stakes winners
Year Flight Stakes Past Winner
2018 Oohood
2017 Alizee
2016 Global Glamour
2015 Speak Fondly
2014 First Seal
2013 Guelph
2012 Norzita
2011 Streama
2010 Secret Admirer
2009 More Joyous
2008 Samantha Miss
2007 Race Not Held
2006 Cheeky Choice
2005 Fashions Afield
2004 Lotteria
2003 Unearthly
2002 Royal Purler
2001 Ha Ha
2000 Unworldly
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