The 2017 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) will be held at Royal Randwick in October.
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A set-weights event that is run for the three-year-old fillies, all runners carry 56kg in the Flight Stakes as they compete for $500,000 in prizemoney.
Staged during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Flight Stakes stands alongside the $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on a day which is known as “Super Saturday.”
The Flight Stakes dates back to 1947 when it was first won by Nizam’s Ring.
It has always been contested over the mile but was upgraded to Group 2 status in 1979 when won by Snowing before receiving Group 1 status in 1985 as Tingo Tango won the first running held at the elite level.
Royal Randwick has played host to the Flight Stakes for all bar two editions of the race with Warwick Farm hosting the 1983 and 2001 version.
Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse is the most successful trainer in the history of the feature race having saddled up the winner on nine occasions. Her winners are Assertive Lass (1996), Danglissa (1999), Ha Ha (2001), Lotteria (2004), Fashions Afield (2005), Cheeky Choice (2006), More Joyous (2009), Speak Fondly (2015) and Global Glamour (2016).
Waterhouse now trains in partnership with Adrian Bott and they prepared the most recent winner Global Glamour to defeat Yankee Rose.
Form students will be looking at the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) held at the same venue two weeks earlier as the key lead-up race with 28 of the past 34 winners of the Flight Stakes coming through the Tea Rose Stakes.
In recent years, favourites have had an excellent record in the Flight Stakes with six of the past nine winners starting as favourite in the event.
Notable winners of the Flight Stakes include Wenona Girl (1960), Cap D’Antibes (1974), Bounding Away (1986), Research (1988), Triscay (1990), Assertive Lass & Dashing Eagle (dead-heat in 1996), Sunline (1998), Ha Ha (2001), Lotteria (2004), Samantha Miss (2008), More Joyous (2009), Streama (2011) and First Seal (2014).
The Flight Stakes is named in honour of Australian Racing Hall of Fame mare Flight. She is best known for winning back-to-back Cox Plates in 1945 and 1946, along with the Champagne Stakes (1943), CF Orr Stakes (1946) and Mackinnon Stakes (1946).
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