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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Flight Stakes. The race will take place on Saturday, 1 October, 2016, and will once again be part of Super Saturday. 

Three-year-old fillies compete in the Flight Stakes, a set weights event, which sees runners carry 56kg in the Group 1 feature which is worth $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.”

We provide you with Flight Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information.

FLIGHT STAKES TIPS

When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

With the Flight Stakes being the only Group 1 race at set weights for fillies during the Sydney Spring Carnival, there are several lead-up races that should be seriously considered when looking for the possible winner.

Of those, the most noticeable are the Group 2 Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes and the Group 3 Shannon Stakes, all run in September. The Tea Rose Stakes in particular has produced more than 75 per cent of winners and/or placegetters in recent years.

Our experts assess all the Flight Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Flight Stakes tips and selections.

FLIGHT STAKES ODDS

Leading bookmakers have the latest 2016 Flight Stakes betting odds available in advance of the race. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

FLIGHT STAKES FREE BETS

The Flight Stakes features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

2016 Flight Stakes Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win.

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FLIGHT STAKES HISTORY

The Flight Stakes is a set weights Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies over 1600m run at Randwick staged during the Sydney Spring Carnival. 

It is run on what’s known as ‘Super Saturday’ at Randwick where several black type races are run, including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan for the stayers.

The race was named in honour of the classy filly Flight, who among her 24 career victories is best remembered for her back-to-back Cox Plate successes in 1945 and 1946 along with the CF Orr Stakes and McKinnon Stakes (now the Emirates Stakes) both in 1946 too. 

Flight also won a Champagne Stakes and Warwick Stakes and defeated some classy stakes gallopers including Bernborough, Shannon and 1946 Melbourne Cup winner Russia.

The Flight Stakes was first run as a principal race in 1947 when it was won by Nizam’s Ring. It was upgraded to a Group 2 event in 1979 when Snowing took the prize.

By 1985, it had grown into a Group 1 affair and that year Tingo Tango took the honours.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Gai Waterhouse (daughter of legendary trainer Tommy Smith) holds the record of most successes in the race, having trained eight previous winners.

Among her winners have been great horses like Assertive Lass (1996), Ha Ha (2001), More Joyous (2009) and the 2015 winner Speak Fondly.

The Flight Stakes is the only Group 1 race for fillies held during the Sydney Spring Carnival and carries prizemoney of $500,000. 

RANDWICK RACECOURSE

Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Royal Randwick Track Description:

Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.
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