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.

2017 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: Terravista
  • 2nd: Spieth
  • 3rd: Star Turn

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes News

Terravista Wins 2017 Black Caviar Lightning in Upset

Terravista Wins 2017 Black Caviar Lightning in Upset

The forgotten horse in the 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field Terravista was back to Group 1 winning form for the first time in three years scoring an upset down the Flemington straight in a dramatic edition of the classic.

Terravista surged late to steal the show in the 2017 Black Caviar Lightning down the Flemington straight. Photo: Ultimate Racing ...

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 date that the 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes ran on Saturday February 18, 2017.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
Date: Saturday February 18, 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2017 Black Caviar Lightning Results

View the official 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Results & Finishing Order below – following the link for a full rundown on the upset win by veteran sprinter Terravista.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 8 58.5kg $15
2 7 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Hugh Bowman 0.1L 5 58.5kg $6
3 12 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0.2L 2 55.5kg $4
4 2 FLAMBERGE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0.3L 1 58.5kg $41
5 5 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 0.8L 7 58.5kg $21
6 10 HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2.05L 3 56.5kg $9
7 11 FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 2.25L 4 55.5kg $3.60F
8 4 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2.65L 6 58.5kg $21
9 8 SUPIDO Michael Kent Luke Nolen 3.65L 9 58.5kg $9
SB 6 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 10 58.5kg
SB 3 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 11 58.5kg
SB 9 ORUJO Shawn Mathrick Noel Callow 12 58.5kg
13 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Williams 0

Black Caviar Lightning Odds

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

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Field

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

Check out the official 2017 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below – clicking on the link for more on the acceptors including the rails-drawn Flamberge and smart mare Heatherly.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 73x296x20x TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 9 58.5kg 112
2 x1100x98x4 FLAMBERGE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 58.5kg 112
3 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 12 58.5kg 110
4 5217x2602x COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller TBA 6 58.5kg 102
5 5121x1212x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 8 58.5kg 105
6 15x16225x7 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 11 58.5kg 101
7 7x0111x12x SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Hugh Bowman 5 58.5kg 108
8 x1x11x113x SUPIDO Michael Kent Luke Nolen 10 58.5kg 100
9 720143x40x ORUJO Shawn Mathrick TBA 13 58.5kg 85
10 31113x132x HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 56.5kg 107
11 2x123x11x FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 4 55.5kg 110
12 x256x1213x STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5kg 107
13 9x1x66735x MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Williams 7 53.5kg 81

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

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

Check out the official 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations below and follow the link for a full rundown of the nominated hopefuls including gun three-year-olds Flying Artie and Star Turn.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 5217x2602x COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 102
2 15x16225x7 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101
3 42156x323x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale 109
4 x1100x98x4 FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 112
5 2x123x11x FLYING ARTIE C 3 Mick Price 110
6 31113x132x HEATHERLY M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 107
7 5121x1212x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 5 Peter Gelagotis 105
8 1L0x55402x MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
9 9x1x66735x MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 81
10 720143x40x ORUJO G 5 Shawn Mathrick 85
11 27x421152x SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
12 7x0111x12x SPIETH (NZ) H 4 Bryce Heys 108
13 x256x1213x STAR TURN C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 107
14 x1x11x113x SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 100
15 73x296x20x TERRAVISTA G 7 Joseph Pride
16 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK G 6 Robbie Griffiths 110

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 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
2018
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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