The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne in February each year. Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is worth prize money of $750,000. The race is run over a sprinter’s distance of 1,000 metres.
The race was changed from just the Lightning Stakes to the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in late 2012 to honour champion mare Black Caviar’s unbeaten race record and her two prior victories in the race. She then won again in 2013.
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the first leg of the three-leg Autumn Sprint Series that takes place in Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. The second is the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, while the final leg is the Group 1 Newmarket handicap, which is Australia’s premier sprint race. Horses that run in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes are also likely to run in races such as the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse on the second Saturday in February.
The first Lightning Stakes was run in 1955 when it was won by a horse named Gay Vista. The race began as a five furlong race but was changed to 1,000 metres in 1973 to coincide with the introduction of the metric system. The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes first began as a Principal race, but changed to a Group 2 in 1980. The Lightning Stakes was given its Group 1 status in 1987 and has remained as this ever since.
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes has been won by a variety of champion horses since Gay Vista won the first race. This includes Todman (1960), Sky High (1961,62), Wenona Girl (1963,64), Storm Queen (1967), Placid Ark (1987), Redelva (1990), Shaftesbury Avenue (1991), Mahogany (1995, 97), Testa Rossa (2000), Choisir (2003), Fastnet Rock (2005), Takeover Target (2006), Apache Cat (2008) and Black Caviar (2011, 2012, 2013).
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Field
The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field will be published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2211x1111x||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||58.5kg||116|
|2||20x100x02x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Mark Zahra||4||58.5kg||113|
|3||1196x1401x||HEY DOC||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||58.5kg||113|
|4||1x105x100x||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7||58.5kg||111|
|5||011x43765x||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Michael Dee||1||58.5kg||106|
|6||3394x2531x||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||105|
|7||13x930x15x||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens||10||58.5kg||103|
|8||2x1449729x||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||104|
|9||1423x5112x||SUPER TOO||Marc Conners||Stephen Baster||5||56.5kg||95|
|10||302x11013x||FORMALITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||8||53.5kg||102|
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations
The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes nominations will be provided below.
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||3394x2531x||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||7||Joseph Pride||105|
|2||110x21330x||CATCHY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||102|
|3||302x11013x||FORMALITY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||102|
|4||1196x1401x||HEY DOC||G||4||Tony McEvoy||113|
|7||1x105x100x||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||111|
|8||2211x1111x||REDZEL||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||116|
|9||011x43765x||ROCK MAGIC||G||8||Chris Gangemi||106|
|10||1460x4359x||SHEIDEL||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||109|
|11||1423x5112x||SUPER TOO||M||4||Marc Conners||95|
Past Winners & Results
Below you will find a list of winners and results of the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes since the year 2000.
|2018||1 Redkirk Warrior||2 Redzel||3 Missrock||0:56.33|
|2017||1 Terravista||2 Spieth||3 Star Turn||0:57.02|
|2016||1 Chautauqua||2 Terravista||3 Japonisme||0:57.02|
|2015||1 Lankan Rupee||2 Brazen Beau||3 Deep Field||0:56.29|
|2014||1 Snitzerland||2 Shamexpress||3 Samaready||0:57.16|
|2013||1 Black Caviar||2 Moment Of Change||3 Golden Archer||0:55.42|
|2012||1 Black Caviar||2 Hay List||3 Buffering||0:55.5|
|2011||1 Black Caviar||2 Hay List||3 Warm Love||0:57.2|
|2010||1 Nicconi||2 Wanted||3 Shellscrape||0:57.1|
|2009||1 Scenic Blast||2 Typhoon Zed||3 Grand Duels||0:56.9|
|2008||1 Apache Cat||2 Swick||3 Stanzout||0:57.3|
|2007||1 Miss Andretti||2 Magnus||3 Ticklish||0:57.2|
|2006||1 Takeover Target||2 Gods Own||3 Cape Of Good Hope||0:56.8|
|2005||1 Fastnet Rock||2 Alinghi||3 Cape Of Good Hope||0:57.3|
|2004||1 Regimental Gal||2 Our Egyptian Raine||3 Mistegic||0:57.0|
|2003||1 Choisir||2 Spinning Hill||3 Azevedo||0:56.9|
|2002||1 Spinning Hill||2 Mistegic||3 Chong Tong||0:57.1|
|2001||1 Sports||2 Black Bean||3 Easy Rocking||0:57.0|
|2000||1 Testa Rossa||2 Falvelon||3 Magic Music||0:56.0|