The Flight Stakes is a popular Group 1 event in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival exclusive for three-year old fillies only. The race is held annually in October at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales and features a line-up of some of the most talented and emerging horses from around the country. The 2013 edition of the Flight Stakes was taken by Guelph after showcasing a remarkable run to beat Sensibility and Bound to Earth to second and third respectively.
The race is run under set weights over a distance of 1600M and emerging three year old fillies compete for a piece of the $400,000 up for grabs in prize money. The Flight Stakes features a long a number of exciting Group races on the Epsom Handicap Day at the Randwick Racecourse. The race lines up with the headline race the Epsom Handicap, the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes and the $400,000 The Metropolitan. The races make up one of the most exciting days in the Spring Carnival and for horse racing lovers looking for breathtaking action the Flight Stakes should be a good outing.
The race is the only Group 1 event in the Spring Carnival for three year old fillies and in recent years it has managed to attract the best fillies in and around the country. Group 2 Races Furious Stakes and the Tea Rose Stakes are all ideal lead up events for three year old fillies looking to make a mark in the Flight Stakes. A number of talented fillies have won the Tea Rose Stakes and the Flight Stakes double and some of the notable names include Guelph last year, Samantha Miss in 2008 and Ha Ha in 2001.
However, some 3yos have gone on to claim the Flight Stakes, The Tea Rose Stakes and the Furious Stakes treble. In 2011, Streama capped a breathtaking Sydney Spring Carnival performance with a breathtaking treble triumph while Samantha Miss in 2008 and Unworldly in 2000 also recorded this remarkable treble victory. The Flight Stakes is always an exciting prospect for horse racing enthusiasts and will for sure be among the major highlights in the 2014 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Flight Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||First Seal||Winx||Thinking Of You||1:34.7|
|2013||Guelph||Sensibility||Bound For Earth||1:36.2|
|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|
|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|
|2002||Royal Purler||Victory Vein||Private Steer||1:37.4|
|1999||Danglissa||The Golden Dane||Miss Zoe||1:34.4|
|1997||Only A Lady||Bonanova||On Air||1:34.2|
|1996||*Assertive Lass – 1||*Dashing Eagle -1||Superb Lady||1:35.6|
|1994||Danarani||Live It Up||Mariton||1:35.9|
|1989||A Little Kiss||Tristanagh||Ochiltree||1:36.3|