Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is a 1000m Group 1 sprint run at Flemington Racecourse during the autumn as a lead-up to the Newmarket Handicap.

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: #4 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #8 Missrock



The Lightning Stakes, renamed the Black Caviar Lightning, is the first sprinting race of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and is a premier weight-for-age event. As a 1000m race, there are no turns and horses just battle it out on the straight of the Flemington race rack.

The $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the only 1000m Group 1 race held in Australia and since 2005 it has been the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. A possible lead-up to the Lightning Stakes is Caulfield’s Group 2 Rubition Stakes (1200m) on C.F. Orr Stakes Day a fortnight earlier, but many runners take to the track first-up.

The Black Caviar Lightning serves as a nice autumn racing guide to the upcoming Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) the following month back at Flemington and Black Caviar (2011) was the last to complete the double.

The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes ran on Saturday February 17, 2018 and was won in an upset by Redkirk Warrior who defeated the odds-on favourite Redzel.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: #4 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #8 Missrock

Check out the official Black Caviar Lightning 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the shock win by the Lindsay Park-trained Redkirk Warrior who flashed home late to run down the odds-on favourite Redzel. Missrock rounded out the trifecta in third. Redkirk Warrior is now three-from-three fresh at the famous Flemington track and returns there on March 20 for a shot at successive Newmarket Handicap wins having taken out the feature last autumn first-up for the first time in a century.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight
1 4 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 58.5kg
2 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.1L 9 58.5kg
3 8 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 1.35L 6 56.5kg
4 7 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 1.55L 10 58.5kg
5 5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Michael Dee 1.75L 1 58.5kg
6 6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Craig Williams 3.75L 2 58.5kg
7 3 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 5.75L 3 58.5kg
8 2 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Mark Zahra 5.85L 4 58.5kg
9 9 SUPER TOO Marc Conners Stephen Baster 5.95L 5 56.5kg
10 10 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 11.95L 8 53.5kg

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #2 Terravista
  • 3rd: #9 Super Too

Check out our exclusive Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2018 Tips & Betting Preview now.

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Form Guide

Stay tuned for a link to a full Black Caviar Lightning 2018 Form Guide, plus our insider form analysis and Black Caviar Lightning betting facts.

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2018 Black Caviar Lightning Odds

The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2018 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Field

The Black Caviar Lightning Field attracts a line-up of the autumn’s best sprinters including those spring stars resuming off campaigns the season prior that included runs in races like The Everest and Darley Classic.

The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field will be provided below as soon as released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday before the race.

The official Black Caviar Lightning 2018 Final Field drew 10 hopeful sprinters with the odds-on favourite Redzel drawn in gate nine. Last year’s champion Terravista is in gate four looking to win successive editions of the race since Black Caviar (2011-13), while Lindsay Park have accepted for both Redkirk Warrior and the three-year-old filly Formality drawn barriers seven and eight respectively.

Read more on the Redzel-Led 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2211x1111x REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9 58.5kg 116
2 20x100x02x TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Mark Zahra 4 58.5kg 113
3 1196x1401x HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 3 58.5kg 113
4 1x105x100x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 58.5kg 111
5 011x43765x ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Michael Dee 1 58.5kg 106
6 3394x2531x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 105
7 13x930x15x SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 10 58.5kg 103
8 2x1449729x MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 6 56.5kg 104
9 1423x5112x SUPER TOO Marc Conners Stephen Baster 5 56.5kg 95
10 302x11013x FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 8 53.5kg 102

2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes nominations will be published here the Monday of race week.

The official Black Caviar Lightning 2018 Nominations are dominated by returning star Redzel who is after a seventh straight win on the trot first-up following his interstate The Everest – Darley Classic double at the end of the spring. Other standouts in the mix including the Lindsay Park-trained fillies Catchy and Formality, along with Tony McEvoy’s Manikato Stakes winning four-year-old Hey Doc.

Read more on the 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 3394x2531x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride 105
2 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
3 302x11013x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
4 1196x1401x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy 113
5 3112x4F54x LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir 80
6 2x1449729x MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 104
7 1x105x100x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 111
8 2211x1111x REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 116
9 011x43765x ROCK MAGIC G 8 Chris Gangemi 106
10 1460x4359x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
11 1423x5112x SUPER TOO M 4 Marc Conners 95
12 13x930x15x SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent 103
13 20x100x02x TERRAVISTA G 8 Joseph Pride 113

Lightning Stakes History

First won by Gay Vista in 1955, the Lightning Stakes has attracted plenty of standout horses, jockeys and trainers. Bart Cummings has won the event a record eight times with Storm Queen in 1967, Century in 1974, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Maybe Mahal in 1977-78, Demus in 1983, Hula Chief in 1986 and Shaftsbury Avenue in 1991.

Jockey Harry White has won the Lightning Stakes on top of four horses, The Judge in 1979, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Zambari in 1972 and Black Onyx in 1970. Damien Oliver has also won four Lightning Stakes races with three horses; Schillaci in 1992-93, Gold Ace in 1996 and Testa Rossa in 2000. There have also been plenty of double winners starting with Sky High in 1961-62, Wenona Girl in 1963-64, Maybe Mahal in 1977-78, River Rough in 1984-85 and Schillci in 1992-93.

In 1980, the Lightning Stakes became a Group 2 race and then seven years later in 1987 it was elevated to Group 1 status. Since 1988, the slowest winning time was recorded by General Nediym in 1998 with 57.9 seconds. The fastest time was 55.5 seconds by Special in 1988.

The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results produced a shock winner in Redkirk Warrior who ran down the odds-on favourite Redzel.

The Lightning Stakes has been renamed the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in honour of champion sprinter Black Caviar.

Recent Lightning Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Redkirk Warrior 56.33 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Missrock
2017
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Terravista 57.26 seconds
2nd Spieth
3rd Star Turn
2016
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Chautauqua 57.02 seconds
2nd Terravista
3rd Japonisme
2015
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Lankan Rupee 56.29 seconds
2nd Brazen Beau
3rd Deep Field
2014
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Snitzerland 57.16 seconds
2nd Shamexpress
3rd Samaready
2013
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Black Caviar 55.42 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd Golden Archer
2012
Lightning Stakes
1st Black Caviar 55.53 seconds
2nd Hay List
3rd Buffering
2011
Lightning Stakes
1st Black Caviar 57.20 seconds
2nd Hay List
3rd Warm Love
2010
Lightning Stakes
1st Nicconi 57.12 seconds
2nd Wanted
3rd Shellscrape
2009
Lightning Stakes
1st Scenic Blast 56.9 seconds
2nd Typhoon Zed
3rd Grand Duels
2008
Lightning Stakes
1st Apache Cat 57.3 seconds
2nd Swick
3rd Stanzout
2007
Lightning Stakes
1st Miss Andretti 57.2 seconds
2nd Magnus
3rd Ticklish
2006
Lightning Stakes
1st Takeover Target 56.8 seconds
2nd Gods Own
3rd Cape Of Good Hope
2005
Lightning Stakes
1st Fastnet Rock 57.3 seconds
2nd Alinghi
3rd Cape Of Good Hope
2004
Lightning Stakes
1st Regimental Gal 57 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Mistegic
2003
Lightning Stakes
1st Choisir 56.9 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Azevedo
2002
Lightning Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 57.1 seconds
2nd Mistegic
3rd Chong Tong
2001
Lightning Stakes
1st Sports 57 seconds
2nd Black Bean
3rd Easy Rocking
2000
Lightning Stakes
1st Testa Rossa 56 seconds
2nd Falvelon
3rd Magic Music

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