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Black Caviar Lightning Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Flemington Group 1

  • The Black Caviar Lightning takes place at Flemington
  • The Group 1 is staged during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival
Black Caviar

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 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
2001Sports
2002Spinning Hill
2003Choisir
2004Regimental Girl
2005Fastnet Rock
2006Takeover Target
2007Miss Andretti
2008Apache Cat
2009Scenic Blast
2010Nicconi
2011Black Caviar
2012Black Caviar
2013Black Caviar
2014Snitzerland
2015Lankan Rupee
2016Chautauqua
2017Terravista




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