Flight Stakes 2022

Flight Stakes 2022

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Flight Stakes Quick Facts

In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Flight Stakes:

DateSaturday, 1st October, 2022
Start TimeTBA
RacecourseRandwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia
Distance1,600 metres
GradeGroup 1
Prizemoney$750,000

Flight Stakes Introduction

The Flight Stakes is a Group One race over 1,600m and is held at Randwick Racecourse. This race is run exclusively for three-year-old fillies at set weights and has a total prizemoney pool of $750,000. This year’s Flight Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 1st and was won by Never Been Kissed in 2021.

The Flight Stakes is part of the Randwick Group One triple-header, sharing center stage with The Metropolitan and Epsom Handicap, along with the Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne.

This $750,000 Group One is exclusively for three-year-old fillies and is one of the first big tests to see how last season’s two-year-olds have come on. Run over 1,600m, the prizemoney isn’t the only drawcard of this race, with the winner also getting ballot-exemption entry into the Doncaster Mile, which is run during The Championships in Sydney during the Autumn campaign.

The Flight Stakes, which was first run in 1947 and won by Nizam’s Ring, became a Group One race in 1985. Since then, the likes of Research, Sunline and More Joyous, before more recently Godolphin mare, Alizee, and Funstar. In 2020, the race was won by promising fillie Montefilia, who then went on to win the Group One Spring Champion Stakes one week later.

Given the 2021 race has just happened and we now have another year to wait, the 2022 field is not set! Be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!

Flight Stakes Tips 2022

The Flight Stakes is an Australian Group One race that brings the best three-year-old fillies to the races and it also attracts the attention of many Aussies who like to have a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Flight Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.

Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2022 Flight Stakes, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, as the Spring Carnival gets going, the fillies that are targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after Flight Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which fillies are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!

We will list The Sharks’ Flight Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!

Flight Stakes Tips From Experts

Our tips are not out for the Flight Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Flight Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Flight Stakes.

You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!

Flight Stakes Betting 2022

In recent years, punters have enjoyed the Flight Stakes. Three of the last five winners have been favourites and the other two runners both had starting prices below $15.

Is Two-Year-Old Form Vital for Flight Stakes success?

Looking from 2016-2020, each of the five winners had at least one run as a two-year-old, with four of them having won a race before contesting the Flight Stakes. Never Been Kissed, the most recent winner, is an outlier in that she never raced as a two-year-old. Her previous three starts, before the Flight Stakes, all were after she became a three-year-old. She won her first two of those races before a 4.15L ninth in the Tea Rose Stakes in her run prior.

Montefilia, the winner in 2020 had just three runs as a two-year-old, two in her Autumn preparation and then a third to kick-start her three-year-old Spring campaign, however running before the August 1st birth date for thoroughbreds. She won just one of those but then won her first run as a three-year-old and set herself up nicely for a successful preparation.

Funstar, the 2019 winner, had the most success of the last six winners coming into the race. She had raced four times, winning three of them, including the G2 Tea Rose Stakes two weeks earlier, before going on to win the Flight Stakes by 3.3 lengths.

While two-year-old form isn’t vital, you would like your horse to have shown that they are capable of delivering on the big stage. A previous win would be nice but if they haven’t, hopefully they have placed in some of the big two-year-old races in the Autumn.

Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Flight Stakes?

Historically, the Flight Stakes is won by favourites, with the class three-year-old fillies making themselves known heading in. Over the last 11 years, six winners have been priced under $3, with Guelph being the shortest winner at $1.30 in 2013, shortly followed by Funstar who was $1.80 in 2019.

However, recent form has shown that it may be a bit more unpredictable than that. Three of the last four winners have had double-digit odds while four of the last six winners have been priced over $5.

Montefilia won in 2020 despite jumping at $12. She was third-favourite in the race, behind the two standouts in Dame Giselle ($2.80) and Hungry Heart ($1.90). Never Been Kissed was a massive outsider, jumping at $41 but still crossing the line first. Favourites clearly have a good track record but it definitely isn’t gospel, as Montefilia and Never Been Kissed have shown in the last two years.

Formlines Heading into the Flight Stakes

Each of the last six winners of the Flight Stakes contested the Tea Rose Stakes in their run prior, however just two fillies won that race. Funstar was the clear class three-year-old filly of the 2019 Spring preparation, beating out Probabeel, who has won three Group Ones since, in both the Tea Rose and the Flight. Alizee was the other filly to win the Tea Rose in the lead up.

The Godolphin didn’t win as a two-year-old but a change of trainers turned things around for the filly. Alizee won her first race as a three-year-old before running in three more races prior to the Flight Stakes, winning one, with the G2 Tea Rose being that win.

Flight Stakes Best Bets

Our tips are not out for the Flight Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Flight Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Flight Stakes.

You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!

Flight Stakes Odds 2022

Long before the Flight Stakes field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Flight Stakes betting. This is prime time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong contenders for the 2022 Flight Stakes at double-digit odds.

Once the bookies release the 2022 Flight Stakes odds, they will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which fillies will be targeting the race and how well they have returned as a three-year-old.

Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.

Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2022 Flight Stakes, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.

Flight Stakes Field 2022

The Flight Stakes can often be the grand-final for three-year-old fillies, depending on their distance abilities, especially given what is at stake in the race. The $500,000 prizemoney and ballot-exemption entry into the Doncaster Mile is what connections are after and if their filly performs well then they may send her to spell in preparation for the Autumn carnival.

That means that the Flight Stakes field attracts the best three-year-old fillies that Australia and, at times, New Zealand have to offer. The final 2022 Flight Stakes field is yet to be determined with the barrier draw taking place on Wednesday, September 28th.

In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the 2021 field, headlined by winner Never Been Kissed:

HorseBarrierJockeyTrainer
1. Four Moves Ahead12Nash RawillerJohn Sargent
2. Mallory5Hugh BowmanG Ryan & S Alexiou
3. Swift Witness8Tim Clack G Waterhouse & A Bott
4. She’s All Class10James McDonaldChris Waller
5. Startantes6Sam ClippertonRobert Heathcote
6. Latino Blend7Kerrin McEvoyPeter & Paul Snowden
7. Hinged4Glen BossChris Waller
8. Von Trapp13Joshua ParrMark Newnham
9. Chill1Alysha CollettAnthony Cummings
10. Yearning (SCR)M, W & J Hawkes
11. Lovemetender11Robbie DolanAnthony Cummings
12. Fangirl (SCR)Chris Waller
13. Never Been Kissed3Regan BaylissG Waterhouse & A Bott
14. Stray2Glyn SchofieldAnthony Cummings
15. Galactic Angel14Brock RyanAnthony Cummings
16. Left Reeling9Jason CollettJohn Sargent

Flight Stakes Results 2022

With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Flight Stakes results for 2022 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.

Looking back at the 2021 race, Never Been Kissed jumped the best of all 14 fillies and settled in a nice position, one back on the fence. She was then able to burst home in the straight, finishing 0.29L ahead of Hinged, who produced a fast-finishing rails run with the favourite, Startantes, finishing 2.31L back in third.

Swift Witness and Four Moves Ahead, both rated as good chances to win the race, were the leading pair throughout but had nothing left to give in the straight, getting overtaken by the trifecta. Never Been Kissed was given the perfect ride by Regan Bayliss and looked the winner from 250m out.

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 Flight Stakes race:

Here are the results from the Flight Stakes in 2021:

FinishHorseJockeyLengths
1st13. Never Been Kissed (3)Regan Bayliss
2nd7. Hinged (4)Glen Boss0.29L
3rd5. Startantes (6)Sam Clipperton2.31L
4th3. Swift Witness (8)Tim Clark2.59L
5th9. Chill (1)Alysha Collett3.23L
6th1. Four Moves AheadNash Rawiller4.4L
7th16. Left Reeling (9)Jason Collett4.75L
8th11. Lovemetender (11)Robbie Dolan4.97L
9th14. Stray (2)Glen Schofield5.11L
10th2. Mallory (5)Hugh Bowman6.45L
11th4. She’s All Class (10)James McDonald6.61L
12th6. Latino Blend (7)Kerrin McEvoy8.81L
13th8. Von Trapp (13)Joshua Parr15.1L
14th15. Galactic Angel (14)Brock Ryan18.55L

Flight Stakes Winners

The results for the upcoming Flight Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

YearWinnerSecondThird
2021TBATBATBA
2021Never Been KissedHingedStartantes
2020MontefiliaHungry HeartVangelic
2019FunstarProbabeelFoxborough
2018OohoodFiestaNakeeta Jane
2017AlizeeChampagne CuddlesCellargirl
2016Global GlamourYankee RoseSezanne
2015Speak FondlyHonestaPerignon
2014First SealWinxThinking Of You
2013GuelphSensibilityBound For Earth
2012NorzitaLongportDear Demi
2011StreamaHallowell BelleDowager Queen
2010Secret AdmirerMore StrawberriesParables

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