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 latest edition of the Light Fingers Stakes ran on Saturday February 17, 2018 .
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Results
- 1st: #3 Alizee
- 2nd: #13 Shumookh
- 3rd: #7 Torvill
Light Fingers Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1979
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Results
The full Light Fingers Stakes 2018 results and finishing order will be available below on Saturday February 17, 2018 .
The official 2018 Light Fingers Stakes Results saw the favourite Alizee salute first-up, the spring’s Flight Stakes champion to chase more Group 1 glory in the Surround Stakes and Coolmore Classic this autumn.
|1||3||ALIZEE||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||–||4||56kg||$2.15F|
|2||13||SHUMOOKH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||0.1L||5||56kg||$7|
|3||7||TORVILL||Clarry Conners||Christian Reith||0.3L||8||56kg||$101|
|4||1||FROLIC||Edward O’Rourke||Jason Collett||1.9L||11||56kg||$13|
|5||2||MELODY BELLE (NZ)||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||Rory Hutchings||2.3L||10||56kg||$5.50|
|6||6||SASSO CORBARO||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||4.1L||7||56kg||$6|
|7||4||DEBONAIRLY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||5.1L||9||56kg||$21|
|8||9||ELLIE’S ENCORE||Paul Perry||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||5.4L||1||56kg||$151|
|9||5||YULONG XINGSHENG||Kris Lees||Tye Angland||9L||2||56kg||$26|
|10||8||FROM WITHIN||Edward O’Rourke||Joshua Parr||10L||3||56kg||$51|
|11||12||KANGA’S EYE||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Josh Adams||11.7L||6||56kg||$51|
|–||14||EXCELLENT DESIGN||John P Thompson||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||CHARLAYNE||Chris Waller||Jay Ford||–||0||–||–|
|–||10||WARRANTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Andrew Adkins||–||0||–||–|
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 including Adrift ($41 in 2015).
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Odds
The updated Light Fingers Stakes 2018 betting odds will be available below as soon as markets on the Group 2 fillies’ only autumn feature are released.
Light Fingers Stakes Field
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 More Joyous (2010).
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.
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Field
The complete Light Fingers Stakes 2018 field and barrier draw will be published below the Wednesday leading up to Apollo Stakes Day.
The official 2018 Light Fingers Stakes Final Field features 14 three-year-old fillies dominated by the returning Flight Stakes winner Alizee in gate four and Group 1 winning Kiwi visitor Melody Belle drawn wider out in barrier 12.
Updated Light Fingers Stakes 2018 Field: #11 Charlyane (13) is scratched. Chris Waller has shelved plans to give his undefeated filly Charlyane a Group 2 test after her wide barrier 13 of 14 draw.
Other Light Fingers Stakes Scratchings: #10 Warranty (11) from the stables of Peter & Paul Snowden and #14 Excellent Design (8) have now also come out of the line-up
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||221127x||FROLIC||Edward O’Rourke||Jason Collett||14||56kg||100|
|2||81x110x361||MELODY BELLE (NZ)||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||Rory Hutchings||12||56kg||101|
|3||25x124113x||ALIZEE||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||4||56kg||102|
|4||7x121x017x||DEBONAIRLY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||10||56kg||81|
|5||1x44241x||YULONG XINGSHENG||Kris Lees||Tye Angland||2||56kg||76|
|6||221×116||SASSO CORBARO||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||7||56kg||77|
|7||0x0212310x||TORVILL||Clarry Conners||Christian Reith||9||56kg||72|
|8||1054×8326||FROM WITHIN||Edward O’Rourke||Joshua Parr||3||56kg||72|
|9||2111x3x51||ELLIE’S ENCORE||Paul Perry||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||1||56kg||73|
|10||4113x||WARRANTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Andrew Adkins||11||56kg||70|
|11||11||CHARLAYNE||Chris Waller||Jay Ford||13||56kg||73|
|12||2x0x35132||KANGA’S EYE||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Josh Adams||6||56kg||63|
|13||12||SHUMOOKH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||5||56kg||70|
|14||21||EXCELLENT DESIGN||John P Thompson||TBA||8||56kg||67|
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Nominations
The official 2018 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.
A bumper 20 three-year-old fillies make up the Light Fingers Stakes 2018 Nominations including Alizee who won the Flight Stakes before a Thousand Guineas third in the spring. The fellow Godolphin-raced Banish is another standout entry, the Lonhro filly last seen winning the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|4||7x121x017x||DEBONAIRLY||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||81|
|5||2111x3x51||ELLIE’S ENCORE||F||3||Paul Perry||73|
|6||21||EXCELLENT DESIGN||F||3||John P Thompson||67|
|8||1054×8326||FROM WITHIN||F||3||Edward O’Rourke||72|
|9||2x0x35132||KANGA’S EYE||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||63|
|10||381x110x3x||MELODY BELLE (NZ)||F||3||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||101|
|11||359x41199x||PANDEMONIUM||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||70|
|13||1||ROTTERDAM||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||63|
|14||221×116||SASSO CORBARO||F||3||Kris Lees||77|
|15||28x13x0x3||SHEIKHA||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||71|
|16||12||SHUMOOKH||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||70|
|18||643x3253x||TOUCH OF MINK||F||3||Matthew Smith||66|
|19||4113x||WARRANTY||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||70|
|20||1x44241x||YULONG XINGSHENG||F||3||Kris Lees||76|
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.
2018 Light Fingers Stakes Tips
Our exclusive Light Fingers Stakes 2018 betting tips will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.
- 1st: #3 ALIZEE ($2.15)
- 2nd: #1 FROLIC ($14)
- 3rd: #6 SASSO CORBARO ($6)
ALIZEE ($2.15) is no value, but there is no other filly to back in the Light Fingers Stakes this year. Last year’s winner Global Glamour also saluted in the Flight Stakes over the mile, as Alizee did in the spring before her Thousand Guineas third. Sydney and this track suit better, gets things her way from the alley (4) and Glyn Schofield is back in the saddle. Definitely back, don’t sack. FROLIC ($14) resumes and is now under the care of Edward O’Rourke. She’s defeated She Will Reign and was second to that gun filly in the Golden Slipper Stakes last autumn. Out wide, but proven in double-digit barriers, definite danger fresh. SASSO CORBARO ($6) for Kris Lees is a well-bred daughter of All Too Hard who enjoyed three wins on the trot, including a 1300m Randwick victory on December 30 by 3.3 lengths, before a credible sixth in the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast.
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 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.
2018 Light Fingers Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Light Fingers Stakes 2018 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 Global Glamour (2017), Sweet Idea (2014), Sea Siren (2012), More Joyous (2010) and Forensics (2008).
Light Fingers Stakes Winners
|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|
|2012||Sea Siren||Streama||Hallowell Belle||1:16.3|
|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|
|2001||Lady Mulan||Maitland Gold||Belle Du Jour||1:09.6|