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The Flight Stakes is a Group 1 horse race held every year in Sydney at Randwick Racecourse.  Raced over 1600 metres, this event is a big part of the Spring Racing Carnival and is held on the same day as the Epsom Handicap.  Held under set weight conditions, the Flight Stakes is the only Group 1 race in Sydney that is exclusively for 3 year old filles.

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The Flight Stakes has a long history in Australian racing, stretching back to 1947.  The first ever race was won by Nizam’s Ring, with some recent winners including Streama in 2011, Secret Admirer in 2010, and More Joyous in 2009.  The champion mare named Flight won the Cox Plate in 1945 and 1946, and the Flight Stakes was named after her.

Other well known fillies to have won this race include the Sunline, Assertive Lass, Triscay, and Bounding Away.  Sunline managed to win the Furious Stakes/Tea Rose Stakes/Flight Stakes treble in 1998, followed by Danglissa in 1999, Unworldly in 2000, Samantha Miss in 2008, and Streama in 2011.

This race started it’s life as a Principal Race event, graduating to a Group 1 race in 1984.  It was raced over a distance of 8 furlongs until 1972, when the advent of the metric system saw it change to a 1600 metre race.  The 2011 edition of the Flight Stakes was won by Streama, who moved forward strongly in the straight to win from Hallowell Belle in second and Dowager Queen in third.

 

2011 Flight Stakes Result

 

1. Streama

2. Hallowell Belle

3. Dowager Queen

4. Shadow West

5. Roma Giaconda

6. Tai Tai Tess

7. Pane In The Glass

8. Choice Words

9. Ice Baby

10. Florentina

 

Past Results

 

Year     Winner                        Status              Distance

 

2011     Streama                       Group 1            1600m

2010     Secret Admirer             Group 1            1600m

2009     More Joyous                Group 1            1600m

2008     Samantha Miss             Group 1            1600m

2007     Not Held                        Group 1            1600m

2006     Cheeky Choice                         Group 1            1600m

2005     Fashions Afield                        Group 1            1600m

2004     Lotteria                                    Group 1            1600m

2003     Unearthly                      Group 1            1600m

2002     Royal Purler                 Group 1            1600m

2001     Ha Ha                          Group 1            1600m

2000     Unworldly                     Group 1            1600m

1999     Danglissa                     Group 1            1600m

1998     Sunline                                    Group 1            1600m

1997     Only A Lady                 Group 1            1600m

1996     Dashing Eagle

Assertive Lass              Group 1            1600m

1995     Pontal Lass                  Group 1            1600m

1994     Danarani                      Group 1            1600m

1993     Angst                           Group 1            1600m

1992     Slight Chance               Group 1            1600m

1991     Electrique                     Group 1            1600m

1990     Triscay                                     Group 1            1600m

1989     A Little Kiss                  Group 1            1600m

1988     Research                      Group 1            1600m

1987     Judyann                       Group 1            1600m

1986     Bounding Away                        Group 1            1600m

1985     Tingo Tango                 Group 1            1600m

1984     Goleen                                     Group 2            1600m

1983     La Caissiere                 Group 2            1600m

1982     Gelsomino                   Group 2            1600m

1981     Allez Show                   Group 2            1600m

1980     Fiancee                        Group 2            1600m

1979     Snowing                       Group 2            1600m

1978     Jubilee Walk                 Principal race    1600m

1977     Sun Sally                     Principal race    1600m

1976     Apollua                                    Principal race    1600m

1975     Gloomy Isle                  Principal race    1600m

1974     Cap D’Antibes              Principal race    1600m

1973     Better Comment           Principal race    1600m

1972     Siduri                           Principal race    1600m

1971     Better Gleam                Principal race    8F

1970     Tropic Jewel                 Principal race    8F

1969     Natal Lass                    Principal race    8F

1968     Flying Fable                 Principal race    8F

1967     Flying Gauntlet                         Principal race    8F

1966     Candy Floss                 Principal race    8F

1965     Fawnia                         Principal race    8F

1964     Reveille                        Principal race    8F

1963     Slepsie                                    Principal race    8F

1962     Jan’s Image                  Principal race    8F

1961     Hoa Hine                      Principal race    8F

1960     Wenona Girl                 Principal race    8F

1959     Weeamera                    Principal race    8F

1958     Straightlaced                Principal race    8F

1957     Amneris                       Principal race    8F

1956     French Fable                Principal race    8F

1955     Brimses                       Principal race    8F

1954     Travel Free                   Principal race    8F

1953     Redeswood                  Principal race    8F

1952     Bush Chapel                 Principal race    8F

1951     Blue’s Sister                 Principal race    8F

1950     Putoko                                    Principal race    8F

1949     Mona’s Choice             Principal race    8F

1948     Wattle                          Principal race    8F

1947     Nizam’s Ring                Principal race    8F

 
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