Black Caviar Lightning Runner-By-Runner Guide
The Black Caviar Lightning pits some quality gallopers up against one another and we take a look at the Black Caviar Lightning horses.
Here is our runner-by-runner look at the Black Caviar Lightning horses.
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.
4. HALVORSEN $51
The outsider of the field will need to improve on his first up effort that saw him place 5th to Fabergino in the recent Kensington Stakes.
5. PIPPIE $9.50
One of four fillies or mares in the race, Pippie has pace to burn and she went more than 15 lengths faster than standard benchmark when taking out the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) when fresh last autumn. She left Bivouac in her wake that day although that horse did have some excuses. In the spring she claimed the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley going 12 lengths faster when first up. Those figures would suggest she is a definite threat. She has had one run at Flemington for a runner-up effort behind Tofane in the Belgonia Belle (1100m) back in November 2019. That race also rated highly. She is the clear danger to Bivouac for mine.
6. FABERGINO $9
The grey mare will be going for a hat-trick of Flemington wins over the 1000m and gets her shot at Group 1 level. She held off the likes of Sword Of Mercy and Pandemic in the recent Kensington Stakes. She might be just below the top liners but the likes of Bivouac would want to be somewhere near their best as she is unbeaten in three goes at the track and trip, while she has fitness on her side.
7. SEPTEMBER RUN $5.50
September Run produced some high quality performances last spring and is one of two fillies in the race. The Chris Waller-trained galloper took out the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-olds on Derby Day and in the Poseidon Stakes (1100m) prior to that she went 14 lengths faster than standard. Her first up performances are a slight concern and she might ned the run. She was well behind Nature Strip and Bivouac in a recent trial. However, she will be suited by the pace and if she has taken any improvement during the spell then she can feature at the business end.
8. SWATS THAT $16
Swats That wasn’t far behind September Run both times they clashed last season with those two performances coming at the start and end of her preparation. She picked up two races at Group 3 level between those runs and will tuck in just behind them. She looms as a first four contender.