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 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 $400,000 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 Streama (2011), More Joyous (2009), Samantha Miss (2008), Sunline (1998), Research (1988) and looking further back Wenona Girl (1960).
This year the Flight Stakes will be run on Saturday 1st October 2016.
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 prepared a total of seven Flight Stakes winners over the years, most recently More Joyous (2009). The Flight Stakes final acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday with nominations taken on the Monday.
Flight Stakes Betting & Odds
Flight Stakes betting odds are open 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 all but one of the Flight Stakes winners in the past decade with six completing the double including Guelph (2013) and First Seal (2014).
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 saluting for the punters since 2008 including the past two winners who both completed the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double. Wide barriers are also a disadvantage when it comes to Flight Stakes tips with the last filly to jump from double digits being Secret Admirer (11 in 2010).
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.
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 Randwick Race 8. 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.