Some talented fillies going around in the first of the Group 1s in Sydney on a big Epsom Stakes Day, with very little splitting the top two… let’s take a look at each of the runners contesting this year’s Group 1 Flight Stakes. 1 – Dame Gise...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Flight Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 2nd October, 2021|
|Racecourse||Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia|
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 $500,000. This year’s Flight Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 2nd and was won by Montefilia in 2020.
The Flight Stakes is part of the Randwick Group One triple-header on Saturday, October 2nd. It shares center stage with The Metropolitan and Epsom Handicap, along with the Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne.
This $500,000 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 race is still weeks away and the field is not set, we are yet to come up with our Flight Stakes tips for 2021, but be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race.
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 2021 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!
Given that the 2020-21 two-year-old season was dominated by colts, the 2021-22 three-year-old fillies are quite even, which is indicated in the Flight Stakes odds. Four Moves Ahead is slight favourite, priced at $8 after winning two of her four races last season, with the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes the best of those. She finished 0.3 lengths ahead of She’s All Class, who is just behind her at $9. Sharing that price is Trifaccia, who went winless from three starts as a two-year-old, however the Godolphin filly did finish a close 3rd in the G2 Reisling Stakes.
Following those three are some horses at double figure odds, including Najmaty, who has two wins from three runs, Swift Witness, who finished in front of Trifaccia in the Reisling, and Sky Command, who went two from two in winter before being freshened for the Spring.
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!
Our tips are not out for the Flight Stakes in 2021 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 2021 Flight Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
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 over the last five years, each of the winners had at least one run as a two-year-old, with four of them having won a race before contesting the Flight Stakes. Oohood is the outlier of the five, having not won a race before taking out the Flight Stakes by 0.1 lengths.
However, he had the most experience of the last five winners, contesting the G1 Blue Diamond, G1 Golden Slipper and G1 Sires Produce as a two-year-old, coming 3rd, 2nd and 2nd respectively.
Montefilia 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 five 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 10 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. Two of the last three winners have had double-digit odds while three of the last five 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). Those two horses finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in both the G2 Furious Stakes and G2 Tea Rose Stakes, with Montefilia finishing 4th in the Tea Rose. Favourites are clearly the way to go in this race but it definitely isn’t gospel, as Montefilia showed last year.
Formlines Heading into the Flight Stakes
Each of the last five 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.
Our Flight Stakes best bets for 2021 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
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 2021 Flight Stakes at double-digit odds.
Once the bookies release the 2021 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 2021 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.
The Flight Stakes odds are already out for 2021, but make sure to compare these prices between different bookies. Although they usually agree on a horse’s price, you may stumble across much higher odds – with an obvious higher profit involved.
The below table shows the current 2021 The Flight Stakes odds as of late September, courtesy of Sportsbet:
|Four Moves Ahead||$4|
|She’s All Class||$13|
|Mac ‘N’ Cheese||$15|
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 2021 Flight Stakes field is yet to be determined with the barrier draw taking place on Wednesday, September 29th.
In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the 2020 field, headlined by winner Montefilia:
|1. Dame Giselle (56kg)||1||Tommy Berry||P & P Snowden|
|2. Hungry Heart (56kg)||4||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|3. Vangelic (56kg)||3||Tim Clack||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|4. Montefilia (56kg)||6||Hugh Bowman||David Payne|
|5. Joviality (56kg)||5||Kerrin McEvoy||Chris Waller|
|6. Miravalle (56kg)||7||Joshua Parr||Mark Newnham|
|7. Alighted (56kg)||2||Regan Bayliss||Anthony Cummings|
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Flight Stakes results for 2021 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 2020 race, Montefilia came from last in the seven horse field to storm home down the outside, beating Hungry Heart by 0.2 lengths, with Vangelic a distant third 2.2 lengths back. From barrier 6 of 7, Hugh Bowman took Montefilia to the back where she was able to follow Hungry Heart for the entire trip.
When Hungry Heart started to make her move down the outside at the top of the straight, Montefilia was right behind her before peeling wide at the 300m and beating the $1.90 favourite to the post.
James McDonald had Hungry Heart sit in the third pairing and off the fence, giving her room to work when she needed to. When Joviality made a move and went three-wide around the bend, Hungry Heart was able to move up to sit one back and pocketed her rival, Dame Giselle. With Tommy Berry having nowhere to go on Dame Giselle, McDonald was able to take Hungry Heart wide into clear air, but unfortunately she couldn’t quite hold on.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 Flight Stakes race:
Here are the results from the Flight Stakes in 2020:
|1st||4. Montefilia (56kg)||Hugh Bowman||–|
|2nd||2. Hungry Heart (56kg)||James McDonald||0.2L|
|3rd||3. Vangelic (56kg)||Tim Clack||2.2L|
|4th||1. Dame Giselle (56kg)||Tommy Berry||4.6L|
|5th||5. Joviality (56kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||5.8L|
|6th||6. Miravalle (56kg)||Joshua Parr||7L|
|7th||7. Alighted (56kg)||Regan Bayliss||24.7L|
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:
|2016||Global Glamour||Yankee Rose||Sezanne|
|2014||First Seal||Winx||Thinking Of You|
|2013||Guelph||Sensibility||Bound For Earth|
|2011||Streama||Hallowell Belle||Dowager Queen|
|2010||Secret Admirer||More Strawberries||Parables|