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Lightning Stakes - Saturday February 20th 2016

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Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Flemington | 1000m | Group 1 | Weight-for-age | $750,000Saturday, 20th February 2016

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 it after her in 2013 while she was still running! What was called the Lightning Stakes for over 50 years is now known as the Black Caviar Lightning. So, even though you’ll never again see her name in a racing field, you can remember the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen when you’re scanning future Lightning Stakes odds.

The Black Cavier Lightning is a weight-for-age sprint over 1000m, 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 1100m and the Newmarket Handicap over 1200m. It generally attracts a quality field of sprinters and has been taken out in the past by quality horses like: Todman, Sky High, Schillaci, Mahogany, Takeover Target and Miss Andretti.

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Winners of the Lightning Stakes

Below is a list of Lightning Stakes Winners and Lightning Stakes runners up in the past few years:

Year Winner Second Third Time
2015 Lankan Rupee Brazen Baue Deep Field 0:56.2
2014 Snitzerland Shamexpress Samaready 0:57.1
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
2010 Nicconi Wanted Shellscrape 0:57.1
2009 Scenic Blast Typhoon Zed Grand Duels 0:56.9
2008 Apache Cat Swick Stanzout 0:57.3
2007 Miss Andretti Magnus Ticklish 0:57.2
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
2003 Choisir Spinning Hill Azevedo 0:56.9
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

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Black Caviar Lightning 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.

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