Flight Stakes 2023

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.

2022 Flight Stakes winner Zougotcha

2022 Flight Stakes winner Zougotcha. Photo: Steve Hart.

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) who the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) run in March is named after.

Following a run in the Flight Stakes, fillies may go on the quick back-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. More recently the 2021 Flight Stakes winner Never Been Kissed finished second next-up in the Spring Champion Stakes.

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) run at Randwick for the first time in 2021.

In 2021 Gai Waterhouse celebrated her incredible 10th Flight Stakes win with Never Been Kissed (40/1) and 11th (third in partnership with Adrian Bott) in 2023 with Tropical Squall.

The 2023 Flight Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption into the 2024 Doncaster Mile held the following autumn during Randwick’s The Championships in April.

This season the Flight Stakes 2023 ran on Saturday September 30, 2023 at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day 2023 and saw Tropical Squall ($9) lead all-the-way for a big win at just her fourth career start. 

2023 Flight Stakes Results

The official Flight Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below when the race is run and won on Saturday September 30, 2023.

2023 Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall

2023 Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall hit the front and never relinquished her lead in the mile classic at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #3 Tropical Squall
  • 2nd: #2 Kimochi
  • 3rd: #10 Tutta La Vita

2023 Flight Stakes Odds

The top Flight Stakes 2023 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 2024 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 Race Info

  • Date: 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1947

Flight Stakes Betting

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. Zougotcha (2022), Funstar (2019) and Alizee (2017) were the last fillies to complete the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double.

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 2013-23 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.

2023 Flight Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Flight Stakes 2023 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: #1 Tiz Invincible ($2.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Decent enough edition of the Flight Stakes and the favourite Tiz Invincible looks a hard to beat top elect going far too good to ignore as the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained I Am Invincible filly chases her fourth win on the trot. She has been the picture of consistency this prep beating the boys fresh in the Listed Rosebud before completing the Group 2 Furious Stakes – Tea Rose double. She comes via the traditional lead-ups and faces similar rivals up to Group 1 grade and the mile now. Rock-hard fit the favourite had 1.35 lengths to spare on the line last start so looks like she’ll get the mile without an issue. Drawn the outside barrier (13 of 13), but time to overcome and can still win with apprentice Zac Lloyd continuing associations and riding as well as this filly is racing.

Flight Stakes Field

The Flight Stakes race 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 11 Flight Stakes winners over the years most recently Speak Fondly (2015), Global Glamour (2016), Never Been Kissed (2021), and Tropical Squall (2023).

Her father Tommy Smith holds the Flight Stakes record having prepared 13 winners over his career.

2023 Flight Stakes Field

The official Flight Stakes 2023 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 Flight Stakes 2023 final field features 13 classy spring fillies led in betting by the Furious Stakes – Tea Rose Stakes double winner Tiz Invincible from the Maher/Eustace stable.

  • Update: #11 Autumn Angel (2) comes out in favour of a run in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

2023 Flight Stakes Nominations

The Flight Stakes nominations for 2023 are announced on Monday the 4th of September, 2023 and will be published in full below.

The Flight Stakes 2023 nominations attracted 65 classy young fillies led in all-in betting by the in-form Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Group 2 Furious Stakes winner Tiz Invincible, Peter Moody’s progressive daughter of Justify Legacies, and the consistent Gary Portelli-trained Brave Smash filly Kimochi.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2x AHURIRI (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
2 19×50 AMAZONIAN LASS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
3 312×6 APRILIA (NZ) F 3 Andrew Forsman
4 443×1 AUGUST BLOOM F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
5 2×1 AUTUMN ANGEL F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
6 15×18 AUTUMN BALLET F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 84
7 52 AUTUMNMATION F 3 Chris Waller
8 39×56 BIANCO NERO F 3 Matthew Smith
9 86x BOLERO BELLE F 3 Chris Waller
10 3 BROADCASTER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
11 187×1 CAPTAIN AMELIA F 3 John O’Shea 70
12 567×8 CATHAY BRACELET (NZ) F 3 Bjorn Baker
13 20312x CHILL THE KRUG F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
14 CHILLI FILLY F 3 Kris Lees
15 100×24 DE SONIC BOOM F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
16 15 DISNEY CASTLE F 3 Chris Waller 60
17 36 DOMAIN GARDENS (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
18 42x EVELYN MAY (NZ) F 3 John O’Shea
19 5x FIRST PERSON F 3 Kris Lees
20 9 FORBIDDEN APPLE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
21 2×191 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 70
22 4315 GLOBAL PIVOT F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
23 1 HARLOW MIST (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 58
24 2 HARVEST MOON F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
25 5×0 HASTY HONEY F 3 Brad Widdup
26 52514×983 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 71
27 412326×31 INHIBITIONS F 3 James Cummings 78
28 8×17 JUST GISELLA F 3 Michael Freedman 60
29 25×1 JUST PRESS SEND (NZ) F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
30 2x13x32 KIMOCHI F 3 Gary Portelli 82
31 1x KONASANA F 3 Chris Waller 64
32 1×0 LAST STRAW F 3 John Sargent 65
33 11×2 LEGACIES F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
34 7×251 MANHATTAN’S F 3 Brad Widdup 59
35 14x1844x2 MISS JOELENE F 3 Kelly Schweida
36 2x11x MOLLYNICKERS F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
37 35×43 MUMBAI MUSE F 3 Michael Freedman
38 5 NANTUCKET ISLAND F 3 Edward Cummings
39 2×8 OCEAN DIVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
40 117×4 OCEANS OF ENERGY F 3 Matthew Dunn
41 0x4052x OUTCAST GIRL F 3 Marc Conners
42 8x OVERVIEW F 3 Chris Waller
43 3538x PIER PRESSURE F 3 Kris Lees
44 1x2220x76 PLATINUM JUBILEE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80
45 24280 PRIVATE LEGACY F 3 Gregory Hickman
46 2 REASONABLE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
47 312×3 RIGHT TO PARTY F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
48 7616 SHEHASATTITUDE F 3 Anthony Cummings 59
49 60 SKOOZI YES F 3 Chris Waller
50 04×12 SUBRISING F 3 Nigel Blackiston
51 3330×264 SUMMER LOVING F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
52 SUPER INTELLIGENT F 3 Edward Cummings
53 SWEET HEAVEN F 3 Anthony Cummings
54 42×11 TIZ INVINCIBLE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
55 8 TORIE’S ROSE F 3 Edward Cummings
56 5 TRAJECTILE F 3 Kris Lees
57 333331x TREASURWAY F 3 Jason Warren 73
58 1x TROPICAL SQUALL F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 65
59 221×6 TUTTA LA VITA F 3 Chris Waller 69
60 2×2 UNIQUE AMBITION (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 65
61 13x WAIMARIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
62 21 WRITE THIS WAY F 3 Michael Freedman 60
63 3 YARRAVILLE F 3 Anthony Cummings
64 111×0 ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 74
65 4x ZELTA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

The 2021 Flight Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Hinged returning in 2022 to win the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) that autumn. The third-placed Startantes out of the Flight Stakes trifecta in 2021 also ran second in the Surround in 2022 before a win in that winter’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in Brisbane.

The 2022 Flight Stakes runner-up She’s Extreme franked the form with a third next-up in the Spring Champion before heading south to take out the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) during Flemington’s famous Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Flight Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse has prepared 11 Flight Stakes winners including Speak Fondly (2015), Global Glamour (2016), Never Been Kissed (2021), and Tropical Squall (2023) 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).

2023 Flight Stakes Form

A link to our comprehensive Flight Stakes 2023 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).

Montefilia holds the current Flight Stakes race record winning over 1600m in 2020 in a time of 1 minute 33:04 seconds.

Past Flight Stakes Winners

Recent Flight Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2001 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
2023 Tropical Squall Kimochi Tutta La Vita 1:33.91
2022 Zougotcha She’s Extreme North Star Lass 1:39.36
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