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Flight (horse)

Flight (1)
Sire Royal Step
Dam Lambent (NZ)
Grandsire Heroic
Damsire Tractor*
Gender Filly
Foaled 1940
Country Australia
Color Bay
Breeder Mr C.H.J. Schmidt, Merridong Stud
Owner Brian Crowley
Record 65: 24 - 19 - 9
Earnings £31,429[1] (AUD$62,858)[2]
Flight (1) is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lambent (NZ) by Royal Step. She was born around 1940 in Australia, and was bred by Mr C.H.J. Schmidt, Merridong Stud.
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1943)
Hobartville Stakes (1943)
Craven Plate (1943, 1945)
Adrian Knox Stakes (1944)
Warwick Stakes (1944)
Colin Stephen Stakes (1944)
Cox Plate (1945, 1946)
C F Orr Stakes (1946)
St George Stakes (1946)
Essenden Stakes (1946, 1947)
AJC Plate (1946)
LKS Mackinnon Stakes (1946)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2007)
Flight Stakes at Randwick Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 8, 2009

Flight (1940-1953) was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse. Her courageous efforts made her a crowd favourite during the post World War II era and she had victories over some of the great horses of the time including Shannon, Bernborough, Royal Gem and Russia.

She was a bay daughter of Royal Step from the Thracian mare Lambent (NZ). Flight was inbred to Chelandry and also to St Simon in the fourth and fifth (4x5) generations. She was purchased at the 1942 yearling sales by Brian Crowley (a future chairman of the AJC) for 60 guineas.


Race record

A consistent performer, Flight raced at the highest level for five seasons until she was a six-year-old winning 24 races including the 1945 and 1946 MVRC W.S.Cox Plate and the 1946 VRC L.K.S. MacKinnon Stakes. She also placed in such races as the AJC Sydney Cup, AJC Metropolitan Handicap and the AJC Chipping Norton Stakes.

Total: 65 starts - 24 wins, 18 seconds, 9 thirds

Stud record

Retired to stud as Australia’s highest stakes winning mare she gave birth to only five foals before her death in 1953 due to an internal haemorrhage.

Flight’s only daughter, Flight’s Daughter (by Helios) produced the top-class Skyline, winner of the 1958 STC Golden Slipper Stakes and AJC Derby. His full-brother Sky High won the 1960 Golden Slipper Stakes and VRC Derby. Both of these were by the leading sire, Star Kingdom.

A race named in honour of Flight, the AJC Flight Stakes is contested annually. The race is a Group One and contested over 1,600 metres for three-year-old fillies at set weights.

In 2007, Flight was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.


  1. Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  2. Pring, Peter (1977). Analysis of Champion Racehorses. The Thoroughbred Press. ISBN 0-908133-00-6. 

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