Catchy & Formality to Miss 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Field

February 14, 2018

Catchy & Formality to Miss 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Field

The Lindsay Park stable will have just the one Black Caviar Lighting 2018 runner in Redkirk Warrior on Saturday as their gun fillies Catchy and Formality bypass the race in favour of the Oakleigh Plate.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior will be the sole Lindsay Park-trained acceptor for the Black Caviar Lightning 2018 field on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The team had a total of four nominees for this autumn’s Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse, but head trainer David Hayes confirmed on Tuesday that only Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior would accept.

Shiedel will be saved for a later return to the track, yet to be determined, while the three-year-olds Catchy and Formality will do battle at Caulfield on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 24, in the Group $500,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

“We will be looking at running them in the Oakleigh Plate, the handicap conditions of the Oakleigh Plate suits the three-year-old fillies so we will kick off their preps there,” Hayes told Racing Victoria.

Peter & Paul Snowden’s returning The Everest champion Redzel dominates Black Caviar Lightning odds at Ladbrokes.com.au as he races for the first time since taking out the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at the track last November.

Seven-year-old Hong Kong expat Redkirk Warrior also has Group 1 winning form at Flemington having made history last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival taking out the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up for the first time in a century.

The Notnowcato gelding also saluted first-up in the spring with a two and a half-length Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) win at Flemington before things went amiss.

His two subsequent starts last preparation saw him finishing a disappointing 10th and 11th respectively behind Redzel in Sydney’s The Everest and the Darley Classic.

Hayes, who won the Lightning Stakes back in 2010 with Nicconi, hopes the addition of blinkers on Saturday will help sharpen Redkirk Warrior up and make him a more competitive rival to Redzel.

“He trialled brilliantly up the straight and he has got the addition of blinkers for the first time, with the older horses it can really give them a lift and his training suggests with them on he could go to another level,” Hayes said.

“He has got Redzel to beat, who is obviously a superstar, but if there is a horse in the field capable of an upset I think it is Redkirk Warrior.

“His form tapered off last prep, he went up to Sydney and ran a bit below par and then his final for the year was disappointing, so I thought a little bit of a change up in the blinkers might make the difference.

“He is an older horse, he doesn’t change much prep to prep, I’m happy with the way his coat looks and I expect a bold showing.

“I think Redkirk Warrior at his best can test anything so hopefully I think he will do what I think he can do.”

Stay tuned for the official Black Caviar Lightning 2018 field and updated odds from Ladbrokes.com.au set for release shortly.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field