Held every year in February at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes is a 1200 metre race held under set weights with a purse of $200,000 going to the best three year old filly.
It is held alongside the Group 2 Apollo Stakes & Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes and considered to be the feature event of the day. It was initially classified as a Listed Race from 1983 to 1985. In 1986, it was upgraded to Group 2. In 1987 the race was downgraded to Group 3 and was then elevated to Group 2 status once again in 1991.
The race is hosted by the Australian Turf Club and named in honour of the New Zealand bred mare, Light Fingers, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1965.
Being the first group race for three year old fillies in the New Year, the Light Fingers Stakes is a testing ground for horses interested in competing in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill or the Group 2 Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm.
The set weight nature of the Stakes usually favours the more talented fillies that can use the event as a springboard for other important events of the year.
More Joyous the 2011 winner came in from winning the Group 2 1500 meter Tea Rose Stakes, and the 1600 M Group 1 Flight Stakes. After winning the Light Fingers Stakes, she put up a fine performance to win the Group 2 Surround Stakes over 1400 metres. In eight of her next 13 races she placed in the top three on ten occasions. The six year old More Joyous has been one of the most celebrated horses to lift the Light Fingers Stakes in recent history.
Other notable gallopers to pass through the Light Fingers Stakes have been Skating who won in 1993 and Assertive Lass in 1997, while Street Smart and Gold Edition were winners in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Obsequious who won the race in 2011, went on to place 2nd in the 1200 metre Typhoon Tracy Stakes. Rock My Baby won the event in 2009, while Forensics was champion in 2008. The fastest time set in the Light Fingers Stakes is 1:08.72 seconds by Sharp in 2004.
|Year||Light Fingers Stakes Winner|
|2009||Rock Me Baby|
|1995||Flight To Fantasy|
|1994||Gem Of The West|
|1988||Here's The Point|