BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING 2022 race guide
The Black Caviar Lightning, registered as the Lightning Stakes, is named after champion sprinter Black Caviar who finished her career unbeaten with 25 wins. She won the Lightning Stakes three times between 2011 and 2013.
Held at Flemington Racecourse, the Black Caviar Lightning will be run on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Our Black Caviar Lightning race guide will provide up to date nominations, barrier draw, tips and more information so you don’t miss out on anything to do with the 1000m sprint event.
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The Black Caviar Lightning can be a tricky race to assess with sprinters racing down the famous Flemington straight over five furlongs.
Our horse racing expert will assess all of the key lead-up runs as well as any Flemington sprinting performance in order to find the best bet in the race.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton will provide his 2022 Black Caviar Lightning tips following the barrier draw.
See our 2021 preview for what to expect:
We preview the recent form of every 2022 Black Caviar Lightning runner and give you the low down on their winning chances.
See below for a preview of our Runner-by-runner guide. Click here to see the full preview
2021 Black Caviar Lightning Horses
1. NATURE STRIP $4
Nature Strip has been installed as a $4 second favourite in early markets and is just about unbeatable on his day. However, the six-year-old went winless at his last campaign, missing out behind Gytrash when resuming in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick before finishing out of the money in both the Premiere Stakes (1200m) and the Everest (1200m). He landed in the runner-up slot behind Bivouac in the VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at the end of his campaign but was beaten more than three lengths. The Chris Waller-trained galloper is likely to lead them up and comes off a recent trial win ahead of Bivouac but I am just not sure about him on raceday. Last year he led them up before finishing 4th to Gytrash in this race when some felt he was on the inferior part of the track. A similar finishing position looks on the cards this year
2. BIVOUAC $2.80
The Godolphin galloper produced a career peak by going 16 lengths faster than standard benchmark when taking out the VRC Sprint Classic last November. The question is whether or not he can do that first up and over the 1000m but he does profile well and there was nothing wrong with his first up performance last spring when running 3rd over the 1100m behind the eventual Everest winner, Classique Legend, in The Shorts. He has met Nature Strip on three occasions, finishing ahead of that horse twice and hasn’t raced over the 1000m since his two-year-old days. He should be suited by the likely solid tempo here and with Glen Boss on board he will be very hard to beat.
3. ELITE STREET $11
The Perth galloper has won five of eight and took out the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) last November. The Daniel Morton-trained gelding heads into this fresh and will need to produce a career peak to win this. He went nine lengths faster than standard when winning over the 1000m prior to his Winterbottom win but a top three finish would surprise here.
Nominations for the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning takes place at 12pm on February 7, 2022.
Click here to see the 2021 Black Caviar Lighting Nominations
The final field and barrier draw for the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning will be released at 9:30am February 9, 2022.
See the 2021 barrier draw below or click here to see our barrier draw assessment.
|1||NATURE STRIP||Chris Waller||Ms Jamie Kah||2||58.5kg|
|2||BIVOUAC||James Cummings||Glen Boss||6||58.5kg|
|3||ELITE STREET||Daniel Morton||Mark Zahra||5||58.5kg|
|4||HALVORSEN||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Andrew Mallyon||1||58.5kg|
|5||PIPPIE||Chris Meagher||Damian Lane||4||56.5kg|
|6||FABERGINO||Tiarnna Robertson||Jordan Childs||7||56.5kg|
|7||SEPTEMBER RUN||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||3||53.5kg|
|8||SWATS THAT||Leon & Troy Corstens||Jye McNeil||8||53.5kg|
|1st||Gytrash||Mark Zahra||Gordon Richards||2||58.5kg||$21|
|2nd||Redzel||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter & Paul Snowden||1||58.5kg||$7.50|
|3rd||Loving Gaby||Craig Williams||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||6||53.5kg||$5|
|4th||Nature Strip||James McDonald||Chris Waller||5||58.5kg||$1.45|
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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.
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