Flight Stakes 2017

Saturday September 30, 2017

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 2017 ran on Saturday September 30, 2017 .

2017 Flight Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Alizee
  • 2nd: #1 Champagne cuddles
  • 3rd: #4 Cellargirl

Flight Stakes Race Info

  • Date: 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1947

Flight Stakes Betting & 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.

2017 Flight Stakes Odds

The top Flight Stakes 2017 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 three of the four Flight Stakes favourites from 2013-16 saluting for the punters before Global Glamour ($6 in 2016) won the race where 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 are also a disadvantage when it comes to Flight Stakes tips with the last fillies to jump from double digits being Secret Admirer (11 in 2010) and Alizee (10 in 2017).

2017 Flight Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Flight Stakes 2017 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.

  • 1st: #1 Champagne Cuddles ($4.20) – There’s a bit for this ultra-consistent and well-raced Bjorn Baker-trained filly to overcome, but think she’s got the tenacity to do it and join Speak Fondly (2nd in 2015) as the latest Golden Rose runner to back-up and win the Flight Stakes. She has her third successive Saturday start after seconds in the Tea Rose Stakes and Golden Rose. Also placed second in the Furious Stakes and third in the Silver Shadow, so she’s been the picture of consistency without winning. She’ll have to get the right run from the outside barrier, but if she’s good enough she’ll do it.
  • 2nd: #4 Cellargirl ($6.50) – After running so well at home in Brisbane, this Kelly Schweida-trained filly debuted in Sydney in the Tea Rose Stakes for a brave third. She looked to be closing well so the mile can put her in the money again her now she’s seen this class and track. Drawn the best of the single-figure fancies in barrier two giving jockey Michael Walker plenty of options.
  • 3rd: #8 Pandemonium ($7) – Can Gai Waterhouse do it again and prepare not only a third straight Flight Stakes winner, but take her total tally in the classic into double-figures? This proven miler also gets the dream run from barrier three back up to 1600m after finishing second last (9th) in the Tea Rose. That was after she won over the 1600m at Warwick Farm and from the gate, expect her to hit the front and outstay plenty.

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).

The Flight Stakes final acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday with nominations taken on the Monday.

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.

2017 Flight Stakes Field

The official Flight Stakes 2017 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 2017 Flight Stakes Field features 11 three-year-old fillies led by Champagne Cuddles on the quick back-up after finishing runner-up in last weekend’s Golden Rose Stakes results. Alizee has defeated Champagne Cuddles previously and is also engaged in the Flight Stakes field for 2017 opening as the narrow early favourite despite drawing wide in barrier 10.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x1x3222 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 11 56kg 90
2 425×1241 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 56kg 86
3 15195×45 ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson Blake Shinn 2 56kg 78
4 140x1x123 CELLARGIRL Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 4 56kg 80
5 324×6216 SWEET DEAL John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 5 56kg 66
6 31×537 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg 77
7 6x57130x21 LEGAL GIRL Clarry Conners Corey Brown 7 56kg 68
8 359×4119 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 3 56kg 70
9 674×348 SMOOTH LANDING John P Thompson Damian Lane 1 56kg
10 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King (a) 9 56kg 57
11 662 COLLEGE ROMANCE Anthony & Edward Cummings Tim Clark 6 56kg

2017 Flight Stakes Nominations

The Flight Stakes nominations for 2017 are announced on the Monday of Epsom Handicap week and will be provided below once released.

The 2017 Flight Stakes early entries drew only 11 hopefuls leading to nominations being extended. Of the current nominees the ones to beat looking at the all-in Flight Stakes odds are the Godolphin-raced Tea Rose Stakes winner Alizee chasing the double last completed by First Seal (2014) and Champagne Cuddles coming off a Golden Rose second from last weekend.
Extended until 11am (AEST) – 26/09/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 425×1241 ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings 86
2 140x1x123 CELLARGIRL F 3 Kelly Schweida 80
3 1x1x3222 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES F 3 Bjorn Baker 90
4 31×537 I AM EXCITED F 3 David Pfieffer 77
5 6x57130x21 LEGAL GIRL F 3 Clarry Conners 68
6 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 57
7 15195×45 ONE MORE HONEY F 3 John P Thompson 78
8 359×4119 PANDEMONIUM F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
9 674×348 SMOOTH LANDING F 3 John P Thompson
10 324×6216 SWEET DEAL F 3 John P Thompson 66
11 643×3 TOUCH OF MINK F 3 Matthew Smith

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 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 Alizee (2017)
  • 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)

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 Alizee (2017), Global Glamour (2016), First Seal (2014), Streama (2011) and More Joyous (2009).

2017 Flight Stakes Results

The official Flight Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below when the race is run and won on Saturday September 30, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 56kg $2.90F
2 1 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2.3L 11 56kg $3.80
3 4 CELLARGIRL Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 4.6L 4 56kg $10
4 3 ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson Blake Shinn 4.7L 2 56kg $9
5 9 SMOOTH LANDING John P Thompson Damian Lane 5.3L 1 56kg $91
6 10 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King (a) 5.7L 9 56kg $81
7 6 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 6.2L 8 56kg $18
8 5 SWEET DEAL John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 7.3L 5 56kg $16
9 8 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 7.9L 3 56kg $7
10 7 LEGAL GIRL Clarry Conners Corey Brown 9.5L 7 56kg $31
11 11 COLLEGE ROMANCE Anthony & Edward Cummings Tim Clark 16.2L 6 56kg $151

Flight Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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