Light Fingers Stakes 2021

Saturday February 13, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Light Fingers Stakes is often the first run of the autumn for fillies

The Light Fingers Stakes is an early Group 2 feature run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in mid-February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held on the same Saturday as Melbourne’s Black Caviar Lighting Stakes at Flemignton, the 1200m sprint runs alongside the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) for weight-for-age types at Sydney’s premier track. Open only to three-year-old fillies, the Light Fingers Stakes is contested at set weights and offers a total of $200,000 in prize money. The best fillies out of the Light Fingers Stakes each year can continue on to contest the follow month’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens.

The recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick is also a key follow-up for the best Light Fingers Stakes fillies with Nakeeta Jane (2019) the last to do the double.

The latest edition of the Light Fingers Stakes took place on Saturday February 13, 2021 and was won in an upset by Every Rose.  

Light Fingers Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 13, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1979

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Results

The full Light Fingers Stakes 2021 results and finishing order will be available below on Saturday February 13, 2021.

  • 1st: #6 Every Rose
  • 2nd: #8 Never Talk
  • 3rd: #1 Away Game

Trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Josh Parr celebrated their second win in three years with Every Rose scoring an upset in the Light Fingers Stakes 2021 results. The stable took out the race in 2019 with Nakeeta Jane who went on to win the Surround Stakes, which is now the target for Every Rose following her excellent first-up effort.

Light Fingers Stakes Betting & Odds

Light Fingers Stakes odds are released after the final field is known the Wednesday before the race. Fillies proven at Randwick with winning form over 1200m or further, and those that were Group 1 performed during the previous spring in Sydney dominate the Light Fingers Stakes betting markets.

The race is often a first-up option for three-year-old female gallopers so those with good resuming form feature high up the markets. Favourites have a solid record in the Light Fingers Stakes, but those at longer odds in betting have scored some notable upsets in recent years.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Odds

The updated Light Fingers Stakes 2021 betting odds will be available below as soon as markets on the Group 2 fillies’ only autumn feature are released.

Light Fingers Stakes 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Light Fingers Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Light Fingers Stakes Field
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Adrift (2015) was at big Light Fingers Stakes odds for her win as a three-year-old filly. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Light Fingers Stakes field attracts a top class line-up of three-year-old fillies each February, many kicking off their autumn campaigns. The next run traditionally on the card for fillies out of the Light Fingers Stakes field is the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) back at the track over 200m further a fortnight later, with the last to complete the double being Nakeeta Jane (2019).

Many fillies that ran in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick the previous October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival resume racing in the Light Fingers Stakes field. The Flight Stakes – Light Fingers Stakes double was achieved by the likes More Joyous (2009-10), Global Glamour (2016-17) and Alizee (2017-18).

Light Fingers Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Field

The complete Light Fingers Stakes 2021 field and barrier draw will be published below the Wednesday leading up to Apollo Stakes Day.

The 2021 Light Fingers Stakes final field drew a capacity line-up of 14 fillies plus two emergencies led in betting by the talented Away Game in gate six with Hugh Bowman aboard.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations

The official 2021 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Apollo Stakes Day, the full list of early entries to be announced below so stay tuned.

The 2021 Light Fingers Stakes nominations attracted 17 three-year-old fillies led in betting by Chris Waller’s Flight Stakes runner-up Hungry Heart.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1114215×23 AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 56kg 98
2 215x2227x HUNGRY HEART F 3 Chris Waller 2 56kg 94
3 0x285168x3 THERMOSPHERE F 3 James Cummings 3 56kg 86
4 1622x4330x VANGELIC F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4 56kg 87
5 1x2298x46x EVERY ROSE F 3 Mark Newnham 5 56kg 79
6 2121x KAHMA LASS (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards 6 56kg 98
7 11×11715 NEVER TALK F 3 Kris Lees 7 56kg 78
8 x33111520x JOVIALITY F 3 Chris Waller 8 56kg 79
9 523x21134x ELIZABEEL F 3 John Sargent 9 56kg 71
10 13x222242x SWEET REPLY F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 10 56kg 76
11 13477x60x4 PHILIZZY F 3 Anthony Cummings 11 56kg 73
12 51x1353x3 NICCI’S FLING F 3 Gary Portelli 12 56kg 65
13 4x6x4108x3 ORPHEUM F 3 Ron Quinton 13 56kg 64
14 3x2150x4 LOVE SENSATION F 3 Kevin Corstens 14 56kg 65
15 311 SHE CAN SING F 3 Michael Costa 15 56kg 62
16 6514x OBIRI F 3 Edward Cummings 16 56kg 60
17 51 PIPPALI F 3 Jason Coyle 17 56kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Light Fingers Stakes Tips

Light Fingers Stakes tips include looking for fillies out of the previous year’s Flight Stakes at the track, those with a solid Sydney race record and short-distance performers that will enjoy the 1200m early in the autumn.

Laying the favourite can also be a good Light Fingers Stakes betting tip and taking the top-fancy to Place over a Win is a safer option with upsets not uncommon in the event.

2021 Light Fingers Stakes Tips

Our exclusive Light Fingers Stakes 2021 betting tips will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #1 Away Game ($3.30 at time of publish) 

Really hard to knock the favourite Away Game here as she presents rock hard fit third-up in a very winnable race. Plenty of nice fillies who are resuming and looking better over further later, which plays perfectly to this young star. She hasn’t won since last April’s Percy Sykes in the wet, but she’s been far from disgraced of late. Third to Aim in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas last time out and think this is hers to loose.

Light Fingers Stakes Form Guide

The Light Fingers Stakes form guide gives punters crucial information to consider before placing a bet including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the fillies in the field.

Wide barriers haven’t been an issue when it comes to doing the Light Fingers Stakes form with the likes of Every Rose (14 of 14 in 2021), Global Glamour (12 in 2017), Adrift (11 in 2015) and Sweet Idea (10 in 2014) all  overcoming double-digit gates to win.

The Light Fingers Stakes form has stacked up in tougher races later in the season many times including First Seal (2nd in 2015) who went on to run second in both the Coolmore Classic and Vinery Stud Stakes that autumn, Sweet Idea (1st in 2014) who ran second in the Coolmore two runs later and Sea Siren (1st in 2012) who won that year’s BTC Cup – Doomben 10,000 double in Brisbane during the winter.

More recently the previous year’s Flight Stakes winner Alizee won the 2018 Light Fingers Stakes ahead of subsequent Group 1 wins in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (2018) and Futurity Stakes (2019).

Nakeeta Jane also franked the Light Fingers Stakes form, the 2019 winner backing-up to win the Group 1 Surround Stakes before a third in the Randwick Guineas.

2021 Light Fingers Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Light Fingers Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided below once final acceptances are out the Wednesday of race week.

Light Fingers Stakes Results

The Light Fingers Stakes results are varied in recent years with a number of favourites beaten by roughie hopes in the mix. Notable Light Fingers Stakes winners include Flit (2020), Alizee (2018), Global Glamour (2017), Sweet Idea (2014), Sea Siren (2012), More Joyous (2010) and Forensics (2008).

Light Fingers Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Every Rose Never Talk Away Game 1:10.75
2020 Flit Lyre Kiamichi 1:10.17
2019 Nakeeta Jane Madam Rouge Pohutukawa 1:09.12
2018 Alizee Shumookh Torvill 1:10.06
2017 Global Glamour Foxplay Spright 1:09.7
2016 Perignon Kangarilla Joy Tempt Me Not 1:09.9
2015 Adrift First Seal Slightly Sweet 1:09.4
2014 Sweet Idea Gypsy Diamond Champagne Cath 1:09.0
2013 Bennetta Ichihara Dear Demi 1:10.1
2012 Sea Siren Streama Hallowell Belle 1:16.3
2011 Obsequious Red Tracer Parables 1:09.5
2010 More Joyous Trim Sweepstaking 1:09.8
2009 Rock Me Baby Samantha Miss Glowlamp 1:11.3
2008 Forensics Sliding Cube Seething Duck 1:10.5
2007 Gold Edition Montana Sunset Montmelo 1:09.0
2006 Street Smart Regal Cheer Paulini 1:09.9
2005 Trezevant One in a Million But I’m Serious 1:10.0
2004 Sharp Generosa Hinting 1:08.7
2003 Only Glory Chuckle Bumptious 1:11.2
2002 Ancient Song Hosannah Shouq 1:10.9
2001 Lady Mulan Maitland Gold Belle Du Jour 1:09.6
2000 Camena Miss Zoe Hut 1:09.6