Flight Stakes 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double is a popular one to take the bookies on with!

The Flight Stakes is a Royal Randwick Group 1 feature race run over the mile by three-year-old fillies on Epsom Handicap Day in late September or early October each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The 1600m classic has been held since 1947 making it one of the younger spring majors.

The set weights race is held on the same day as two other Group 1 events – the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan – and is worth $750,000 in total prize money as of 2021. Named in honour of Australian Hall of Fame mare Flight who won the Cox Plate in 1945 and 1946, it has held Group 1 status since 1985.

Notable Flight Stakes winners who took out the race during their three-year-old season include Global Glamour (2016), First Seal (2014), Streama (2011), More Joyous (2009), Samantha Miss (2008), Sunline (1998), Research (1988) and looking further back Wenona Girl (1960).

Following a run in the Flight Stakes, fillies may go on the quick ack-up into the following Saturday’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) with Montefilia making history doing the double in 2020. Montefilia returned on the same day 12 months later to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap as a four-year-old.

The best fillies out of the Flight Stakes may also be part of the brand new, invitation-only event for fillies and mares – the $2 million The Invitation (1400m) to run at Randwick for the first time in 2021 on Bondi Stakes Day.

In 2021 Gai Waterhouse celebrated her incredible 10th Flight Stakes win with Never Been Kissed (40/1).

This season the Flight Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by Never Been Kissed ($41) in an upset. 

2021 Flight Stakes Results

The official Flight Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below when the race is run and won on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  • 1st: #13 Never Been Kissed
  • 2nd: #7 Hinged
  • 3rd: #5 Startantes

Never Been Kissed ($41) scored a shock win Flight Stakes 2021 win to hand co-trainer Gai Waterhouse her 10th victory in the fillies’ feature.

Flight Stakes Race Info

  • Date: 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1947

Flight Stakes Odds

Flight Stakes betting odds are open well in advance of the field and are known as the all-in, ante-post or futures markets. While they offer nice value on the potential runners, there is a risk involved in backing a filly before she is confirmed to run. Once the field is out the odds firm and sitting top of the markets are three-year-olds that came via the Flight Stakes traditional lead-up, the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes held at the same track in late September.

The Tea Rose Stakes has produced more Flight Stakes winners than any other lead-up race and the best out of the Group 2 dominate each season’s Flight Stakes odds online. Funstar (2019) and Alizee (2017) were the last fillies to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double.

2021 Flight Stakes Betting

The top Flight Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our markets for you to back in your Flight Stakes predictions at the hottest spring racing odds will be available below once open.

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 ladbrokes.com.au.

Flight Stakes Tips

Flight Stakes tips on the fillies to back in the mile feature are dominated every spring by the Tea Rose Stakes graduates.

The favourites have an outstanding record in the Group 1 making them the best tip to take with five Flight Stakes favourites from 2013-21 saluting for the punters. Funstar ($1.75 in 2019) was the latest favourite to get the job done in the Flight Stakes results.

Note that in 2016 Global Glamour ($6) won the race after that year’s top fancy Yankee Rose ($2.05) was disqualified. In 2017 the Flight Stakes favourite Alizee saluted for the punters absolutely bolting home in the mile feature.

In 2021 there was a huge upset with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Never Been Kissed winning as a $41 outsider.

Another excellent Flight Stakes betting tip is to back fillies to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double. Wide barriers were previously a disadvantage when it comes to Flight Stakes tips with the last filly to jump from double digits being Secret Admirer (11 in 2010), before the back-to-back victories by Alizee (10 in 2017) and Oohood (11 in 2018) from out wide.

2021 Flight Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Flight Stakes 2021 betting tips and Group 1 Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the fillies to back and sack in the event this season.

  • To Win: #2 Mallory ($6 at time of publish) 

She’s been our value bet the whole way through the Princess Series running very good placings and gets the chance to get the job done in the Grand Final on Saturday. Progressive type, gets the run of the race from the barrier (5) with Hugh Bowman coming aboard for the ride. So close when runner-up in the Tea Rose and think she’ll run out a strong mile.

Flight Stakes Field

The Flight Stakes field often runs under capacity and attracted under 10 runners from 2012 – 2014. The last time the field was run near its maximum was in 2006 when 19 fillies lined up and Cheeky Choice won for Gai Waterhouse. Waterhouse has prepared a record 10 Flight Stakes winners over the years, most recently Speak Fondly (2015), Global Glamour (2016) and Never Been Kissed (2021).

2021 Flight Stakes Field

The official Flight Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below so stay tuned to see what three-year-old fillies will face off in the Group 1 mile clash.

The 2021 Flight Stakes field features 16 hopeful fillies chasing the Group 1 win over the mile led in betting by Rob Heathcote’s late entry Startantes coming off a Group 1 Golden Rose sixth from last weekend.

  • Scratched: #10 Yearning (15)

2021 Flight Stakes Nominations

The Flight Stakes nominations for 2021 are announced on the Monday of Epsom Handicap week.

Fifty-nine fillies make-up the 2021 Flight Stakes nominations including Group 2 Furious Stakes winner Jamaea and the all-in favourite Four Moves Ahead who ran fourth in the autumn’s Group 1 Golden Slipper and Inglis Sires’ races.

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 winning tips online - Ladbrokes.com.au

Flight Stakes winner Global Glamour (2016) went on to win Melbourne’s Thousand Guineas that spring. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Flight Stakes Form Guide

The Flight Stakes form guide has all the information on the starting fillies including their saddlecloth numbers, barrier positions, jockeys and trainers.

Hugh Bowman has ridden four Flight Stakes winners since 2006 and his name is always one to watch out for in the form guide. Other things to look for are fillies who had their final lead-up run at Randwick and those with experience over the mile.

The Flight Stakes form often holds up in later Group 1 races. In recent years the form on the Flight Stakes winner was franked when in 2017 Alizee went on to run third in the Thousand Guineas next race before later elite level wins in the 2018 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and 2019 Futurity Stakes. The following year the 2018 Flight Stakes winner Oohood backed-up with a third behind The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas.

In 2020 Montefilia completed the Flight Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double and further franked the Flight Stakes form when third in Melbourne’s VRC Oaks trifecta that spring.

Flight Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse has prepared a record 10 Flight Stakes winners including Speak Fondly (2015), Global Glamour (2016) and Never Been Kissed (2021) in recent years
  • The favourites in Flight Stakes betting have an excellent recent strike rate with the last to salute being Funstar (2019)
  • The Tea Rose Stakes is the best Flight Stakes form race to follow from the past 30 years
  • No Flight Stakes winner has taken out the race off a non-Sydney lead-up since Bounding Away (1986)

2021 Flight Stakes Form

A link to our comprehensive Flight Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Flight Stakes Results

The Flight Stakes results and finishing order of all the fillies that line-up in the classic on Epsom Handicap Day are known when it runs as one of three Group 1 events on the program. As well as revealing the Flight Stakes winner the results show the quinella, trifecta and first four past the post for the exotic bets as well as the winning margin and the starting price of all the fillies.

Fillies short in the Flight Stakes odds have dominated the Group 1 mile results in the past decade and notable recent Flight Stakes winners include Funstar (2019), Alizee (2017), Global Glamour (2016), First Seal (2014), Streama (2011) and More Joyous (2009).

Flight Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
2021 Never Been Kissed Hinged Startantes 1:34.04
2020 Montefilia Hungry Heart Vangelic 1:33.04
2019 Funstar Probabeel Foxborough 1:37.3
2018 Oohood Fiesta Nakeeta Jane 1:34.7
2017 Alizee Champagne Cuddles Cellargirl 1:34.8
2016 Global Glamour Yankee Rose (DQ) 2nd: Sezanne 3rd: Skylight Glow (4th over, promoted) 1:34.7
2015 Speak Fondly Honesta Perignon 1:35.9
2014 First Seal Winx Thinking Of You 1:34.7
2013 Guelph Sensibility Bound For Earth 1:36.2
2012 Norzita Longport Dear Demi 1:36.0
2011 Streama Hallowell Belle Dowager Queen 1:36.7
2010 Secret Admirer More Strawberries Parables 1:34.6
2009 More Joyous Sister Madly Hurtle Myrtle 1:40.0
2008 Samantha Miss Portillo Kamillsy 1:38.4
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Cheeky Choice My Lady’s Chamber Fleur Royale 1:36.0
2005 Fashions Afield Beauty Watch Mnemosyne 1:37.2
2004 Lotteria Cincinnati Gal Covertly 1:37.6
2003 Unearthly Santissima Classy Dane 1:36.6
2002 Royal Purler Victory Vein Private Steer 1:37.4
2001 Ha Ha Moonflute Hosannah 1:36.2