Flight Stakes

Flight Stakes

Winners and Past Results of the Flight Stakes.

The Flight Stakes is a popular Group 1 race held annually at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, where three year old fillies trek a distance of 1600 metres.

The Flight Stakes is held under set weight conditions and is held annually in October during the Sydney Racing Carnival on the same day as the Epsom Handicap.

A fact to note here is that the Flight Stakes is the only Group 1 race held exclusively for 3 year old fillies during the Sydney spring racing carnival. The winner of this event takes home a purse of $500,000.

The Metropolitan Handicap and the Spring Champion Stakes are also held on the day's race card.

The Flight Stakes has a rich history with the first event run in 1947, won by a horse named Nizam's Ring. After the champion mare named Flight won the Cox Plate in both 1945 and 1946, this event has been held in her honour.

The Flight Stakes first started as a principal race and remained so during the period 1947 to 1978. In 1979, it was elevated to Group 2 and finally in 1984, the Flight Stakes was granted its current official status as a Group 1 event.

In 1996, there was a dead heat between Dash Eagle and Assertive Lass in the Flight Stake, taking punters completely by surprise. Similar to the Epsom Handicap, this event was not run in 2007 due to the spread of a disease named, Equine Influenza, in Australia.

Those fillies who show their mettle in events like Group 2 Furious Stakes or the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes often participate in the Flight Stakes at Randwick Racecourse.

A survey over recent years has shown that the winners of the Tea Rose Stakes who also participated in the Flight Stakes produced more than 75% of the winners. Some of the horses like More Joyous, Samantha Miss, Cheeky Choice, Ha Ha and Unworldy have won both the Tea Rose Stakes and the Flight Stakes.

Some of the recent winners of this event are: Streama in 2011, Secret Admirer in 2010 and More Joyous in 2009. Other notable fillies to lift the title include the mighty Sunline, Assertive Lass, Triscay, and Bounding Away. Apart from Sunline in 1998, Danglissa and Unworldly won the Furious Stakes/Tea Rose Stakes/Flight Stakes treble in 1999 and 2000 respectively followed by Samantha Miss in 2008, and Streama in 2011.

Year Flight Stakes Winners
2017 Allizee
2016 Global Glamour
2015 Speak Fondly
2014 First Seal
2013 Guelph
2012 Norzita
2011 Streama
2010 Secret Admirer
2009 More Joyous
2008 Samantha Miss
2007 Not Held
2006 Cheeky Choice
2005 Fashions Afield
2004 Lotteria
2003 Unearthly
2002 Royal Purler
2001 Ha Ha
2000 Unworldly
1999 Danglissa
1998 Sunline
1997 Only A Lady
1996 Dashing Eagle
Assertive Lass
1995 Pontal Lass
1994 Danarani
1993 Angst
1992 Slight Chance
1991 Electrique
1990 Triscay
1989 A Little Kiss
1988 Research
1987 Judyann
1986 Bounding Away
1985 Tingo Tango
1984 Goleen
1983 La Caissiere
1982 Gelsomino
1981 Allez Show
1980 Fiancee
1979 Snowing
1978 Jubilee Walk
1977 Sun Sally
1976 Apollua
1975 Gloomy Isle
1974 Cap D'Antibes
1973 Better Comment
1972 Siduri
1971 Better Gleam
1970 Tropic Jewel
1969 Natal Lass
1968 Flying Fable
1967 Flying Gauntlet
1966 Candy Floss
1965 Fawnia
1964 Reveille
1963 Slepsie
1962 Jan's Image
1961 Hoa Hine
1960 Wenona Girl
1959 Weeamera
1958 Straightlaced
1957 Amneris
1956 French Fable
1955 Brimses
1954 Travel Free
1953 Redeswood
1952 Bush Chapel
1951 Blue's Sister
1950 Putoko
1949 Mona's Choice
1948 Wattle
1947 Nizam's Ring
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