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2021 Flight Stakes Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The $750,000 Flight Stakes is the main three-year-old fillies feature over the Sydney Spring Carnival
  • This Group One is run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Our preview and selections are included below
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Four Moves Ahead is one of the leading chances in the Group One Flight Stakes. (Getty)
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Alex Marsh 30 Sep 2021
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The Flight Stakes is the premier Sydney Spring Carnival event for the three-year-old fillies and is contested over the Randwick mile.

Run on a famous day which also includes the Epsom Handicap and Metropolitan, the Flight Stakes has a rich history and some champion past winners that include Sunline, Samantha Miss and More Joyous.

Our early preview goes over the early chances ahead of the 2021 Flight Stakes.

Flight Stakes 2021 Final Field & Odds

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Barrier
Odds
1Four Moves AheadJohn SargentNash Rawilller56kg13$4.80
2MalloryGerald Ryan & Sterling AlexiouHugh Bowman56kg 5$5
3Swift WitnessGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark56kg 8$9
4She's All ClassChris WallerJames McDonald56kg 10$10
5StartantesRob HeathcoteSam Clipperton56kg 6$4
6Latino Blend (NZ)Peter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy56kg 7$34
7HingedChris WallerGlen Boss56kg 4$27
8Von TrappMark NewnhamJoshua Parr56kg 14$23
9ChillAnthony CummingsAlysha Collett56kg 1$67
10YearningMichael, Wayne & John HawkesTommy Berry56kg 15$35
11LovemetenderAnthony Cummings Robbie Dolan56kg11$151
12FangriChris Waller
56kg 12$14
13Never Been Kissed (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss56kg 3$35
14StrayAnthony Cummings Glyn Schofield56kg 2$26
15Galactic AngelAnthony Cummings Brock Ryan56kg 16$151
16Left Reeling (NZ)John Sargent Jason Collett56kg 9$61
                                                                                                                            
Odds courtesy of Sportsbet & correct at 11.15am on 30/09/2021.

Flight Stakes 2021 Tips

Flight Stakes 2021 Best Bet - Four Moves Ahead

This filly has well and truly been targeted towards the Flight Stakes, so while she was the best of this bunch as a two-year-old, John Sargent was never going to have her peaking early in the campaign. 

Fitness gave out fresh when a drifting favourite and after working home in the worst ground on September 4, Four Moves Ahead improved third-up, taking out the Tea Rose Stakes, the traditional lead-up.

Despite it not being a long winning margin, she was always holding her rivals and although drawn out, wide gates aren't as big of a disadvantage over the Randwick mile, especially when you have tactical speed.


Flight Stakes 2021 Value Bet - Von Trapp

Being by Frankel and out of a Dubawi mare, Von Trapp should only be improving as the distances increase and looks one of the few in this line-up that will be genuinely suited stepping to the mile.

Following an even performance on debut, Von Trapp has improved, winning a handy Hawkesbury maiden before her Tea Rose Stakes tilt, where she was arguably the run of the race outside the winner.

While a better gate would've been ideal, this three-year-old is seemingly still building in this first preparation and with a tow into it at the right time, she has an each-way chance at good odds.


Flight Stakes 2021 Roughie - Latino Blend

Although she was big odds in a Newcastle maiden back in February, it was a devastating debut by this daughter of Hinchinbrook, letting down with a sharp turn-of-foot before stepping straight to group level.

Tipped out after racing a little greenly in the Magic Night Stakes, Latino Blend had excuses first-up in a Provincial Class 1 this spring before getting home as runner-up to Swift Witness in the Silver Shadow. 

She was only beaten just over three lengths in the Tea Rose despite effectively missing a run (trialled instead of running in the Furious Stakes), so could well have more improvement to come now.



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Flight Stakes FAQs

When is the 2021 Flight Stakes?

The 2021 Flight Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 2.

Where is the Flight Stakes held?

The Flight Stakes is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

What distance is the Flight Stakes?

The Flight Stakes is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

Who won the 2020 Flight Stakes?

Montefilia won the 2020 Flight Stakes.

What's the Flight Stakes worth?

The Flight Stakes is worth $750,000.

$430,500 of that goes to the winner.

How can I live stream the 2021 Flight Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream The Flight Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

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Verdict

Four Moves Ahead will have a tactical advantage over the favourite (Startantes) and despite it being an open Flight Stakes, she does look to be peaking.

At $23/$6, Von Trapp makes some each-way appeal at big odds.

Best Bet: Four Moves Ahead To Win $4.80 at Sportsbet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Von Trapp Each Way $23.00 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit

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