2019 Flight Stakes Preview
A small field of six fillies will line up at Randwick on Saturday to contest the Group 1 $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes over 1600m.
The Flight Stakes is shaping up to be a race in two, Australia versus New Zealand, with the Chris Waller trained Funstar and Probabeel from Jamie Richrads’ Matamata stables the only two fillies in contention in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
There was only a nose
between Funstar and Probabeel when they ran the quinella in the Group 2 Tea
Rose Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on September 21 and there will only be a
breath between the two fillies again in the Flight Stakes.
We have analysed all six runners and our complete 2019 Flight Stakes tips can be found below.
Funstar is on track to give premier trainer Chris Waller another Group 1 trophy after showing she is the real deal with a second up nose win in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 21. James McDonald takes the ride again on Funstar and the filly will get the run of the race from barrier two in the six horse field.
The Jamie Richards trained Probabeel has a great chance to take the Flight Stakes trophy over the Tasman back to New Zealand if she can turn the tables on Funstar on Saturday. Probabeel ran on strongly from the back of the pack but failed by a nose in the 1400m Tea Rose Stakes and the Savabeel filly will relish the step up to the 1600m. Kerrin McEvoy has retained the ride on Probabeel who won’t be bothered by the outside barrier in the six horse field.
Girls Are Ready
Queanbeyan filly Girls Are Ready has good restricted class form with two placings and a win from her last three starts, her latest a victory in three year old company over 1400m at Canberra. Girls Are Ready is certain to boost her back account with prizemoney paid down to sixth place. Hard to see her beating Funstar and Probabeel.
St Covet’s Spirit
St Covet’s Spirit broke through for her Maiden win two starts back over 1250m at Canterbury but then was no match for rivals when eighth of nine in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last start. Third prizemoney is looking good.
Foxborough is yet to salute the judge from five starts and looks unlikely to get the opportunity here.
Our Girl Sniti
Our Girl Sniti is the other maiden runner in the Flight Stakes and trainer Ron Quinton is clutching at straws by putting the blinkers on the filly but she will be taking a cheque home.