Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

The 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes will take place on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Flemington Racecourse.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes News

2017 Newmarket Handicap Considered for Supido

2017 Newmarket Handicap Considered for Supido

One of the premier Victorian sprint races on the cards this coming autumn for the Michael Kent-trained Supido who is being aimed at Flemington’s Newmarket Handicap 2017.

Consistent sprinter Supido eyes the 2017 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington Racecourse this coming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The $1.25 Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) is set ...

The 2017 Lightning Stakes, renamed the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, 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 date that the 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes will be run on is Saturday February 18.

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

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.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

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

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
2017
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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