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.

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: #4 Gytrash
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #7 Loving Gaby



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), Lankan Rupee (2014) and Redkirk Warrior (2018) all recent winners of the double.

The 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes ran on Saturday February 15, 2020 and was won in an upset by Gytrash ($21). 

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Results

    • 1st: #4 Gytrash 
    • 2nd: #1 Redzel
    • 3rd: #7 Loving Gaby

Returning short-distance specialist Gytrash ($21) took things to the next level with an upset in the Black Caviar Lightning 2020 results defeating two-time The Everest champion Redzel (2nd), Group 1 winning filly Loving Gaby (3rd) and the beaten odds-on favourite Nature Strip (4th).

Click here to read more on the upset 2020 Black Caviar Lightning win by Gytrash.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg $21
2 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1L 1 58.5kg $7.50
3 7 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 1.2L 6 53.5kg $5
4 2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 3.2L 5 58.5kg $1.45F
5 5 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Ben Melham 3.5L 4 56.5kg $61
6 3 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 4.75L 7 58.5kg $51
7 6 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 6L 3 56.5kg $19

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Odds

The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 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 VRC Classic. In 2019 the Black Caviar Lightning winner In Her Time improved on a last start second in the previous November’s VRC Classic down the ‘Straight Six’ at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field will be provided below as soon as released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday before the race.

Just seven sprinters will face off in this year’s Black Caviar Lightning 2020 final field with Flemington track specialist Nature Strip (5) odds-on to make it five-from-five at HQ in his first run since taking out the Group 1 VRC Classic here by over three lengths last November.

Click here to read more on the Nature Strip dominated 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2862x138x REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 116
2 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg 116
3 1110x4509x DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7 58.5kg 106
4 x113011x2x GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg 97
5 368105x77x I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Ben Melham 4 56.5kg 106
6 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 3 56.5kg 103
7 6422x1212x LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 6 53.5kg 111

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes nominations will be published here the Monday of race week.

The Black Caviar Lightning 2020 nominations drew 13 star sprinters with early entries extended until 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday 11/02. Of the original entries it is Nature Strip dominating the markets, already odds-on to win his return following the Chris Waller-trained champion’s last start VRC Classic win.

Read more on the 2020 Black Caviar Lightning nominations feature Nature Strip and Redzel.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1110x4509x DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
2 36x32441x DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
3 06142x257x GIFT OF POWER (NZ) M 5 Anthony Freedman 96
4 x113011x2x GYTRASH G 4 Gordon Richards 97
5 368105x77x I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
6 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 89
7 211x1133x LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
8 6422x1212x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 111
9 2132x721x0 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 107
10 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 116
11 577561360x QUEEN ANNABEL M 6 Rebecca Kelly 82
12 x2862x138x REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
13 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103

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.

The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results produced a shock winner in Redkirk Warrior who ran down the odds-on favourite Redzel. Redkirk Warrior would go on to also successfully defend his title in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.

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
2020
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Gytrash 57.53 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Loving Gaby
2019
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st In Her Time 56.69 seconds
2nd Osborne Bulls
3rd Sunlight
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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