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We provide you with Lightning Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.

Lightning Stakes 2019

DateSaturday 16 February
TrackFlemington Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight For Age
Prize Money$750,000
AgeNo age restriction


When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

Our experts assess all the Lightning Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2018 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Black Caviar Lightning tips and selections.


Leading bookmakers Neds and Ladbrokes have the latest 2019 Lightning Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Black Caviar Lightning betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.


Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Black Caviar Lightning (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Lightning Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning live, see our guide to watch the race.


The Black Caviar Lightning is a Group 1 event run under weight-for-age conditions at Flemington in February each year during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival. 

Previously known as the Lightning Stakes, the race is run over 1000 metres and carries a prize pool of $750,000. 

It is one of the most anticipated sprint races on the racing calendar and attracts most of the country’s finest sprinters.

The race was first run in 1955 when odds-on favourite Gay Vista was successful. It became a Group 2 affair in 1980 before earning Group 1 status in 1987. 

The race was renamed the Black Caviar Lightning in honour of the great mare who won the race in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Lightning Stakes is run down the Flemington straight course which favours some horses more than others. Several horses tackle the event fresh and first-up, while others come into the race with one or two runs behind them. 

The race has been a stepping stone for some of the runners as they go on to tackle other major sprint races during the Autumn Carnival. 

Races such as the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) run the following week at Caulfield, the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington or the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley are usually prime targets.

The honour roll for this prestigious event is equal to the Hollywood hall of fame for racing. Great horses such as Redkirk Warrior (2018), Terravista (2017), Chautauqua (2016), Lankan Rupee (2015), Apache Cat (2008), Takeover Target (2006) and Fastnet Rock (2005) head the list of latest winners. 

Other greats to salute the judge are Todman (1960), Sky High (1961,1962), Wenona Girl (1963,1964), Storm Queen (1967), Century (1974), River Rough (1984,1985), Placid Ark (1987) and Schillaci in 1992 and 1993.

Several horses have won back-to-back Lightning Stakes but Black Caviar remains the only horse to win it three years in succession. 

Lightning Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Testa Rossa
2002Spinning Hill
2004Regimental Girl
2005Fastnet Rock
2006Takeover Target
2007Miss Andretti
2008Apache Cat
2009Scenic Blast
2011Black Caviar
2012Black Caviar
2013Black Caviar
2015Lankan Rupee
2018Redkirk Warrior
2019In Her Time


Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.


Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 

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