Horse Racing | Flight Stakes

The Flight Stakes is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies, held under set weights conditions. It is part of the Epsom Handicap Day which takes place during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Covering a distance of 1600m, it favours fillies with stamina, especially in the last 200 metres. With $400,000 in prize money up for grabs, it attracts some of best fillies from across the nation. It is part of a tremendous card which includes the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and the Group 1 Metropolitan.

Originally a Principal Race in 1947, the Flight Stakes gained Group 2 status in 1979 before finally becoming a Group 1 in 1985. The race is named after the Australian Hall of Fame mare Flight, who was won the Cox Plate in 1945 & 1946. Some of Australasia’s best young ladies have won this race including; Streama (2011), More Joyous (2009), Samantha Miss (2008), Sunline (1998), Triscay (1990), Research (1988) and Bounding Away (1986). Gai Waterhouse won seven editions of this race between 1996 and 2009.



PREVIOUS FLIGHT STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS FLIGHT STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2015 SPEAK FONDLY TOMMY BERRY GAI WATERHOUSE 01:35.9
2014 FIRST SEAL BLAKE SHINN JOHN THOMPSON 01.34.7
2013 GUELPH KERRIN MCEVOY PETER SNOWDEN 01.36.2
2012 NORZITA HUGH BOWMAN BART CUMMINGS 01.36.0
2011 STREAMA HUGH BOWMAN GUY WALTER 01.36.7
2010 SECRET ADMIRER BRENTON AVDULLA GRAHAME BEGG 01.34.6
2009 MORE JOYOUS NASH RAWILLER GAI WATERHOUSE 01.40.0
2008 SAMANTHA MISS HUGH BOWMAN KRIS LEES 01.38.4
2006 CHEEKY CHOICE HUGH BOWMAN GAI WATERHOUSE 01.35.9

* Race was not held in 2007 due to outbreak of equine influenza