2020 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations: Nature Strip Odds-On to Win

February 10, 2020

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations: Nature Strip Odds-On to Win

Chris Waller’s brilliant sprinter Nature Strip is already at an odds-on quote to win the Black Caviar Lightning 2020 first-up this weekend at Flemington.

Nature Strip. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Three-time Group 1 winner Nature Strip is odds-on to win the 2020 Black Caviar Lightning fresh at Flemington this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Nominations for the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at HQ were taken by Racing Victoria on Monday morning with 13 early entries and have been extended until 10am (AEDT) tomorrow.

Of the current potential runners, all-in Black Caviar Lightning betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is dominated by Nature Strip who is at $1.60 pre-field to win his autumn return.

Undefeated down the famous Flemington straight with four previous wins at the track, Waller’s Nicconi five-year-old was last seen powering home by over three lengths to win the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) there during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The three-time Group 1 winner is also a short-distance specialist, which bodes well for Saturday, having won Sydney’s The Galaxy (1100m) and the Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley at the highest level.

Another exciting sprint star making a return to the races in the Black Caviar Lightning is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained filly Loving Gaby.

The Maher & Eustace stable is absolutely flying this summer – autumn season and their I Am Invincible three-year-old will be looking to add to the success.

Lightly-raced with nine starts to date, Loving Gaby boasts three wins and four seconds for a consistent record that includes her Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) win at The Valley.

She too was last seen racing in the VRC Classic on November 9 last spring when second to Nature Strip, turning the tables on her last start conqueror a tough first-up ask this weekend.

Loving Gaby is tipped as the “danger” however paying $6.50 in the current Black Caviar Lightning odds.

She is one of four three-year-old nominees and one of two fillies with the Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini the other young female galloper in the mix at $7.

Also by star sire I Am Invincible, Libertini is a four-time winner from seven starts with her only previous Flemington run producing the game third behind Exceedance in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day.

The other three-year-old entries are the Team Hawkes-trained Written Tycoon colt Dirty Work making his Group 1 debut and I Am Immortal for Anthony Freedman who resumed with a second to veteran mudlark Jungle Edge in the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on February 1.

Dual The Everest winner Redzel ($8) is the other standout Black Caviar Lightning nomination this season.

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained $16 million earner is a Group 1 winner at Flemington in the 2017 Darley Classic and also second in this race to Redkirk Warrior in 2018.

“It’s a race. You can’t pick and choose who you run against and we’re up for the challenge,” co-trainer Peter Snowden told the Daily Mercury.

“Nature Strip is a good horse and he’s going very well.

“He likes Flemington and we have got a pretty good record there too, especially over 1000m.

“It will be handlebars down and just ‘full on speed’.

“He’s going to run the race of his life.”

Click here for the latest all-in Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

# 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

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