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.

2021 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #7 September Run
  • 3rd: #8 Swats That



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.

In 2020 the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes was won by Gytrash who went on to run top three in his next seven starts including running third in that season’s Newmarket Handicap and second in the William Reid Stakes. He also ran third in the spring’s $15 million The Everest before winning the $1 million Winners’ Stakes.

The 2021 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes ran on Saturday February 13, 2021 and was won by Chris Waller’s Australian Horse of the Year Nature Strip. 

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday February 13, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2021 Black Caviar Lightning Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #7 September Run
  • 3rd: #8 Swats That

Trainer Chris Waller celebrated the quinella in the Black Caviar Lightning 2021 results with his Australian Horse of the Year Nature Strip returning to winning form with a narrow victory over the stable’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly September Run. The Coolmore Stud Stakes second placed filly Swats That meanwhile was also excellent fresh at WFA finishing third to round out the trifecta.

Click here to read more on the brilliant Black Caviar Lightning 2021 win by Nature Strip.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 2 58.5kg $4.40
2 7 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 0.5L 3 53.5kg $10
3 8 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Jye McNeil 1.75L 8 53.5kg $17
4 6 FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Michael Poy 2.5L 7 56.5kg $12
5 2 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 2.6L 6 58.5kg $2.15F
6 5 PIPPIE Chris Meagher Damian Lane 4.1L 4 56.5kg $10
7 4 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Luke Currie 7.1L 1 58.5kg $151
8 3 ELITE STREET Daniel Morton Mark Zahra 12.1L 5 58.5kg $15

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Black Caviar Lightning Odds

The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2021 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 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 2021 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field will be provided below as soon as released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday before the race.

Eight sprinters make-up the Black Caviar Lightning 2021 final field including the brilliant Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winners Nature Strip and September Run first-up in barriers two and three respectively.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2021 Black Caviar Lightning field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x411x2472x NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 2 58.5kg 116
2 61365x321x BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 6 58.5kg 117
3 x411Dx111x ELITE STREET Daniel Morton Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg 110
4 259x1117x5 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Andrew Mallyon 1 58.5kg 97
5 02x146x17x PIPPIE Chris Meagher Damian Lane 4 56.5kg 112
6 11x1x02011 FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Jordan Childs 7 56.5kg 110
7 4x11x5111x SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 3 53.5kg 110
8 10x2112x SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Jye McNeil 8 53.5kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes nominations will be published here the Monday of race week.

Nominations for the 2021 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes have been extended after just 10 sprinters were originally nominated, all-in betting led by last start VRC Sprint champion Bivouac.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x211x1130x ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
2 61365x321x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings
3 x411Dx111x ELITE STREET G 4 Daniel Morton 110
4 11x1x02011 FABERGINO M 6 Tiarnna Robertson 110
5 259x1117x5 HALVORSEN G 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 97
6 25208x125x MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
7 x411x2472x NATURE STRIP G 6 Chris Waller
8 02x146x17x PIPPIE M 5 Chris Meagher 112
9 4x11x5111x SEPTEMBER RUN F 3 Chris Waller
10 10x2112x SWATS THAT F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2021
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
1st Nature Strip 56.91 seconds
2nd September Run
3rd Swats That
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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