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Black Caviar Lightning Runners: Who are the leading contenders for the Lightning Stakes?

  • Who will win the Group 1 sprint?

In-form sprinter Redzel has drawn barrier 9 of 10 in Saturday’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse.

Being a straight race, barriers are somewhat insignificant but Redzel did win the Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington from the same gate and will find himself in a familiar position.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained son of Snitzel is aiming for seven wins in a row and is certainly the one they all have to beat. 

Reigning Black Caviar Lightning champ Terravista has drawn to the centre of the track in barrier 4 and will be aiming to turn the tables on Redzel after finishing runner-up in the Darley Classic.

Terravista is one of two runners for trainer Joe Pride who also saddles up Ball Of Muscle from gate 2.

Lindsay Park trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig originally had four nominations for the $750,000 Group 1 sprint but have only accepted with Redkirk Warrior and Formality who have drawn in gates 7 and 8.

Tony McEvoy’s Hey Doc surprised a few with a narrow win in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and he’s a first-up winner at Flemington last campaign.

2018 Black Caviar Lightning field and barriers:

1. REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden - Kerrin McEvoy (9) 58.5kg
2. TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride - Mark Zahra (4) 58.5kg
3. HEY DOC Tony McEvoy - Luke Currie (3) 58.5kg
4. REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Regan Bayliss (7) 58.5kg
5. ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi - Michael Dee (1) 58.5kg
6. BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride - Craig Williams (2) 58.5kg
7. SUPIDO Michael Kent - Beau Mertens (10) 58.5kg
8. MISSROCK Robbie Laing - Damien Oliver (6) 56.5kg
9. SUPER TOO Marc Conners - Stephen Baster (5) 56.5kg
10. FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Dwayne Dunn (8) 53.5kg

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