Flight Stakes 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

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 $500,000 in total prize money. 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).

This year the Flight Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained favourite Funstar. 

2019 Flight Stakes Results

The official Flight Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below when the race is run and won on Saturday October 5, 2019.

  • 1st: #1 Funstar
  • 2nd: #2 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #5 Foxborough

The 2019 Flight Stakes Results saw Chris Waller’s odds-on favourite Funstar bolt home by over three lengths saluting for the punters on the back of a lead-up win in the Tea Rose Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 2 56kg $1.75F
2 2 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 3.3L 6 56kg $2.40
3 5 FOXBOROUGH John Sargent Jay Ford 6.8L 1 56kg $31
4 4 ST COVET’S SPIRIT Jason Coyle Jason Collett 7L 3 56kg $26
5 6 OUR GIRL SNITI Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 10.3L 5 56kg $51
6 3 GIRLS ARE READY Joe Cleary Ms Jess Taylor 11.6L 4 56kg $31

Flight Stakes Race Info

  • Date: 2019
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • 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.

2019 Flight Stakes Betting

The top Flight Stakes 2019 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.

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 2013-19 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.

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.

2019 Flight Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Flight Stakes 2019 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.

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 nine Flight Stakes winners over the years, most recently Speak Fondly (2015) and Global Glamour (2016).

2019 Flight Stakes Field

The official Flight Stakes 2019 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.

Just six fillies line-up in this year’s Flight Stakes Field with the Chris Waller-trained Tea Rose Stakes winner Funstar the one to beat again in gate two.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11×21 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 2 56kg 94
2 211165×42 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 94
3 110x84x331 GIRLS ARE READY Joe Cleary Ms Jess Taylor 4 56kg 70
4 369×618 ST COVET’S SPIRIT Jason Coyle Jason Collett 3 56kg 63
5 4232×6 FOXBOROUGH John Sargent Jay Ford 1 56kg 59
6 35×37 OUR GIRL SNITI Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 5 56kg 56

2019 Flight Stakes Nominations

The Flight Stakes nominations for 2019 are announced on the Monday of Epsom Handicap week and will be provided below once released.

The 2019 Flight Stakes nominations attracted 68 three-year-old fillies including the clear favourite in futures markets, Anthony Cummings’ Silver Shadow – Furious Stakes double winner Libertini.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 711 ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2 76×22 ASPECT RATIO F 3 John Sargent
3 62×11 ATEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
4 1x34334x55 ATHIRI F 3 James Cummings
5 2254×4416 AVON RIVER F 3 James Cummings
6 24x BALAABEL F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
7 1×1 BEAUTY BOLT F 3 Grahame Begg
8 28×7 BRIGHT RUBICK F 3 Bjorn Baker
9 521×2 CELESTIAL FALLS F 3 Mark Newnham
10 2×16 DARLING POINT F 3 Brad Widdup
11 0x213 EMERALDS F 3 John Sargent
12 7×612 EXCELIDA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 153 EXCUSED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 345×1 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
15 312×2 FLIT F 3 James Cummings
16 4232×6 FOXBOROUGH F 3 John Sargent
17 11×2 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller
18 3110x84x33 GIRLS ARE READY F 3 Joe Cleary
19 15×0 HILLS F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
20 3x5x171 I AM ELOQUENT F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
21 6255x JUST ZERENE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
22 1×1 KALI (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
23 11×3 KOOWEERUP F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
24 323116×2 LA TENE F 3 James Cummings
25 8×110 LADY APPLETON F 3 Barry Baldwin
26 1322 LADY LOIRE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 3 LADYLOVESTOGAMBLE F 3 Clare Cunningham
28 9×15 LAKIA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
29 3×233 LET IT POUR F 3 Bjorn Baker
30 211×11 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings
31 218 LIVING ROCKS F 3 Chris Waller
32 71×3 LOIRE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
33 2 LUNAKORN F 3 Anthony Freedman
34 51113×4 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman
35 21×26 MADDI ROCKS F 3 Chris Waller
36 2123 MARNDARRA F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
37 11×5 MEUSE F 3 Anthony Freedman
38 11×5 MISSILE MANTRA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
39 0x64411 MY SWEET FISH F 3 John Sargent
40 566x2212x ORIENTAL LILY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
41 35×3 OUR GIRL SNITI F 3 Ron Quinton
42 4 PARCHE F 3 Gary Portelli
43 0x8 PERFECT IMPRESSION F 3 Anthony Cummings
44 1x105x38 PIN SEC F 3 James Cummings
45 1×5 POINT OF INTEREST F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
46 245×168 PRETTY BRAZEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
47 211165×4 PROBABEEL (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards
48 4×2 RAPTURES F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
49 41x READY SET SAIL F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
50 2x SANDSATION F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
51 138431x SHE SHAO FLY F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
52 93×4 SHINING EAGLE F 3 John Sargent
53 14 SILENT SOVEREIGN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
54 21 SNAPDANCER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
55 21 SOCIAL ORDER (NZ) F 3 Billy Healey
56 7×1 SOUTHBANK F 3 Anthony Freedman
57 15x SPLENDORONTHEGRASS F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
58 369×6 ST COVET’S SPIRIT F 3 Jason Coyle
59 0x83 STICK ’EM UP F 3 John Sargent
60 1×21 SUBPOENAED (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
61 1x1100x5 TENLEY F 3 James Cummings
62 95x THE NATURAL F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
63 31×3 TRAGIC F 3 Anthony Freedman
64 183×42 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan
65 8×1117 WESTPORT F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
66 3 WRITTEN IN ROSES F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
67 13x XILONG F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
68 818x YOU HADME AT HELLO F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
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 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas.

Flight Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse has prepared a record nine Flight Stakes winners including Speak Fondly (2015) and Global Glamour (2016) 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)

2019 Flight Stakes Form

A link to our comprehensive Flight Stakes 2019 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
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