The 2018 Flight Stakes features a field of quality three-year-old types which are looking to rise to the next level.
Held at Group 1 level, the Flight Stakes is always one of the better form races of the spring and we have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for Saturday’s feature age-group race at Randwick.
2018 Flight Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Flight Stakes 2018
Miss Fabulass @ $2.05 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Fiesta @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Maid Of Heaven @ $12 – BET NOW
2018 Flight Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Oohood ($10) – BET NOW
Will Oohood ever win a race? Of course she will, but we’re not sure she has the winning attitude to win at the Group 1 level.
The I Am Invincible filly has won over $1 million from nine starts, which doesn’t include a win and her six placings have all been quality, but she has been entitled to win so far.
Dropping in grade will see her odds shorten up but punters should shy away from the $10 on offer.
Miss Fabulass (Best Bet – $2.05) – BET NOW
Strong money has come for the current favourite, which showed punters exactly what she can do last time out at Randwick.
The 1.5-length win came at odds of $10 because punters had discounted her based on her previous outing where she was ridden upside down. She’s better with cover and she showed that last start.
A good run from barrier three should see her fighting out the finish.
Fiesta (Best Each Way – $7.50) – BET NOW
Fiesta represents good each way value because of her consistency. The Chris Waller-trained filly finished second behind Miss Fabulass last start and that should be the best form guide for this race.
She has finished in the money in eight of her nine starts to date and Hugh Bowman should give her a good run from barrier six.
$7.50 is a good price considering her credentials.
Pretty In Pink ($6) – BET NOW
Unbeaten during her first campaign, the daughter of Sebring has since run two good races for third but she’s a touch shorter in the market than we were expecting.
Trained by John O’Shea, she finished 2.3 lengths behind Miss Fabulass in the Furious Stakes and we’re not entirely sure she can bridge the gap.
There’s plenty of room for improvement, however, and betting on the day will be interesting.
Fundamentalist ($51) – BET NOW
Showed plenty of ability in much easier races early on but this is too tough. Her recent form shows that and a win would be a big upset.
Futooh ($26) – BET NOW
Scored a 2.3-length win at Randwick three back but hasn’t matured as a three-year-old. Ninth in a similar race last start and although she could pick up some nice wins along her career, winning at Group 1 level is too much, too soon.
Baccarat Baby ($21) – BET NOW
Has rattled off five consecutive wins in Brisbane but connections are dreaming if they think she can match up to the Flight Stakes.
We don’t doubt the ability of trainer David Vandyke, but beating small fields at Doomben and Sunshine Coast isn’t hot form at Group 1 level.
Odds should be around $50.
Santa Catarina ($46) – BET NOW
New Zealand runners should always be respected in Australia but they don’t have a good record in races such as the Flight Stakes.
This filly by Savabeel finished 10th behind Miss Fabulass last start and although she was a dual winner across the Tasman, this is another level of opposition.
Maid Of Heaven (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Worth a bet at $11 after working home well in the Furious Stakes last start and she has more upside than many in this field.
The three-year-old won a good form race at Canterbury earlier this season and getting the inside draw is going to allow her to find her rhythm during the race.
She represents good value at place odds.
Symi ($35) – BET NOW
Nose winner on debut at Canterbury before running two solid races when up in class. That form shouldn’t hold here and punters should wait till she runs in something easier.
Aristocratic Miss ($51) – BET NOW
Four-length winner at Geelong to start this campaign but not winning at Randwick and Newcastle last time out isn’t going to get the job done here.
First four chance at the very best.
Mizzy ($35) – BET NOW
Almost caused an upset when running second behind Danawi three starts back. Has had plenty of recent racing but none of it looks good enough to warrant attention here.
Nakeeta Jane ($19) – BET NOW
Shorter in the market than expected but that was a nice maiden win last start and it has room for improvement.
Could be the surprise runner in this field.