Lightning Stakes - Saturday February 15th 2014
It’s fair to say that Black Caviar owned the Lightning Stakes at the peak of her magnificent career. Racing officials certainly seemed to think so, because they re-named the race after her while she was still racing! What was called the Lightning Stakes for over 50 years is now known as the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. So, even though you’ll never again see her name in a racing field, you can remember what may’ve been the greatest sprinter Australia’s ever seen when you’re scanning future Lightning Stakes odds.
The Lightning is a weight-for-age sprint over 1,000m, staged in February at Flemington. Since 1987, it has been Australia’s only Group 1 over that length, and is the first leg of Melbourne’s prestigious (and lucrative) autumn sprint series – the other two being the Oakleigh Plate over 1,100m and the Newmarket Handicap over 1,200m. And now that Black Caviar’s out of the picture, Lightning Stakes betting is worth a look once again! Roll up, roll up, the Lightning Stakes 2015 is open for business.
When is the Lightning Stakes 2014?
The Lightning Stakes will be held on Saturday February 15th 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Lightning Stakes BBQ Facts
- There have been some champion dual winners in the race’s history – Sky High (1961-’62), Wenona Girl (1963-’64), Maybe Mahal (1977-’78), River Rough (1984-’85), Schillaci (1992-’93) and Mahogany (1995-’97).
- Only the mighty sprinting mare Black Caviar has won it three times (2011, 2012 and 2013).
- In two of the three years that Black Caviar won the Lightning Stakes, Hay List (aka the unluckiest second fiddle in Australian racing history) came second.
Winners of the Lightning Stakes
Below is a list of Lightning Stakes Winners and Lightning Stakes runners up in the past few years:
|2013||Black Caviar||Moment Of Change||Golden Archer||0:55.4|
|2012||Black Caviar||Hay List||Buffering||0:55.5|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Warm Love||0:57.2|
|2009||Scenic Blast||Typhoon Zed||Grand Duels||0:56.9|
|2006||Takeover Target||Gods Own||Cape Of Good Hope||0:56.8|
|2005||Fastnet Rock||Alinghi||Cape Of Good Hope||0:57.3|
|2004||Regimental Gal||Our Egyptian Raine||Mistegic||0:57.0|
|2002||Spinning Hill||Mistegic||Chong Tong||0:57.1|
|2001||Sports||Black Bean||Easy Rocking||0:57.0|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Falvelon||Magic Music||0:56.0|
What happened in the 2013 Lightning Stakes?
The 2014 Black Caviar Lightning was won by Snitzerland, part owned by Neil Werrett – who is the senior part owner of Black Caviar. Some guys have all the luck.
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