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Short priced favourite Miss Fabulass has drawn the right barrier in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Miss Fabulass, above, has drawn barrier 3 in the 2018 Flight Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Miss Fabulass, above, has drawn barrier 3 in the 2018 Flight Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

High profile jockey Kerrin McEvoy can see Miss Fabulass getting a cosy run against the fillies from barrier three in the final thirteen horse Flight Stakes field.

“She is just going to put herself in the right spot from the gate and she has a great turn of foot, as we saw in the Tea Rose,” McEvoy told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Miss Fabulass has created a huge impression from four race starts with two wins and a second, her latest outing producing an emphatic win for McEvoy in the Group 2 $200,000 Darley Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 15.

The Chris Waller trained Fiesta was runner to Miss Fabulass in the Tea Rose Stakes and the two fillies will be clashing again in the Flight Stakes.

Fiesta has drawn barrier six with regular rider Hugh Bowman in the saddle again.

The Tony McEvoy trained Oohood is set to lead the Flight Stakes field out but the I Am Invincible filly is still looking for her first visit to the winner’s stall even though she has earned over $1 million in prizemoney thanks to her three Group 1 placings during her two year old season.

Oohood finished third in the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield during the 2018 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and then was runner up twice during the Sydney Autumn Carnival in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill and in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick.

Tim Clark will stick with Oohood who has drawn awkwardly at barrier eleven while Luke Currie will partner Tony McEvoy’s second runner Aristocratic Miss who will jump from gate two.

Queensland filly Baccarat Baby is the winner of her last five starts at Doomben and the Sunshine Coast and has drawn barrier eight with her usual partner Micheal Hellyer in the saddle.

Miss Fabulass is the prominent favourite for the Flight Stakes at $2.05 with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Pretty In Pink at $6.50 and Fiesta at $8.

Early betting for the 2018 Flight Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.05 Miss Fabulass, $6.50 Pretty In Pink, $8 Fiesta, $11 Oohood, Maid Of Heaven, $17 Nakeeta Jane, $18 Baccarat Baby, $26 Futooh, $34 Symi, Mizzy, $51 Fundamentalist, Santa Catarina, Aristocratic Miss.

Final field for the 2018 Flight Stakes (1600m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x32322x544 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 11 56kg 90
2 2×161 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 3 56kg 90
3 2x1272x122 FIESTA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6 56kg 87
4 11×33 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Tye Angland 5 56kg 82
5 2x11223x08 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 10 56kg 79
6 417801×39 FUTOOH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 13 56kg 79
7 3×11111 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Micheal Hellyer 8 56kg 78
8 211×20 SANTA CATARINA (NZ) Stephen Marsh Sam Weatherley (a) 7 56kg 72
9 415 MAID OF HEAVEN Mark Newnham James McDonald 1 56kg 70
10 146 SYMI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 56kg 69
11 326423×157 ARISTOCRATIC MISS Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 2 56kg 68
12 2822255 MIZZY Anthony & Edward Cummings Brenton Avdulla 12 56kg 68
13 21 NAKEETA JANE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 9 56kg 66

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.