Small 2016 Flight Stakes Field Confirmed

September 28th, 2016

Seven runners remain in contention for this weekend’s third Group 1 feature at Royal Randwick following this morning’s release of the 2016 Flight Stakes field and barrier draw.

Omei Sword has been confirmed in the 2016 Flight Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Omei Sword has been confirmed in the 2016 Flight Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Omei Sword has been confirmed to be partnered by Hugh Bowman, has returned to racing in slick form this time and should prove extremely hard to beat in the Flight Stakes from barrier 7.

Omei Sword has shown plenty of ability since she debuted to racing for success in the Peter Svendsen Maiden (1100m) on February 24th, and she made a successful transition to black type company when second in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 12th.

Having returned to the paddock after running ninth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), the High Chaparral filly resumed this time for a dominant win in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) before placing second to Astern in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last time out.

Yankee Rose is the only former winner at the highest level confirmed in the 2016 Flight Stakes field and the filly should receive a dream run in transit from barrier 5, with Blake Shinn aboard.

Posting consecutive wins in a pair of Sydney sprints upon in late spring last year, the All American filly was given little chance of success in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) first-up this year but mustered a smart turn of foot to finish second.

Having taken out the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes will complete ease on Day 1 of The Championships, Yankee Rose hit the line well for sixth in the Golden Rose first-up and should relish a step up to a mile.

Gai Waterhouse has a big opinion of Global Glamour and the filly has a good opportunity to find a good position in transit on Saturday after drawing into the Flight Stakes field on the rails.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Global Glamour immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when she delivered a smart field a near-seven length defeat in a sprint at Kembla Grange on January 30th.

Resuming this time for third in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m), the daughter of Star Witness overcame a completely luckless run in transit to finish sixth in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) last time out.

Quick Feet was confirmed in the 2016 Flight Stakes field by Peter and Paul Snowden and was allocated the outside gate, but was subsequently scratched from contention this afternoon.

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2016 Flight Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x21x6 YANKEE ROSE David Vandyke Blake Shinn 5 56kg 101
2 129×12 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 56kg 92
3 511×32 SKYLIGHT GLOW James Cummings Glyn Schofield 3 56kg 80
4 1x729x5363 QUICK FEET(Scratched) Peter & Paul Snowden 8 56kg 79
5 224×114 SEZANNE Chris Waller James McDonald 6 56kg 73
6 1×36 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56kg 72
7 11×07 AWOKE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 56kg 68
8 0x7312 BRIDLE LANE John P Thompson Mark Zahra 2 56kg 62