Black Caviar Lightning 2022

Saturday February 19, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Sprinters with good straight track and first-up form are perfectly suited to resume in the Black Caviar Lightning

The Black Caviar Lightning, formerly the Lightning Stakes, is the second Group 1 race off the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and lights up Flemington Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-late February.

The sprint classic is now known as the Black Caviar Lightning in honour of triple Lightning Stakes winner Black Caviar (2011-13). Run down the famous Flemington straight over 1000m the short distance clash offers $1 million in prize money as of 2022 and is run under weight-for-age conditions.

The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for Australian Guineas hopefuls and the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) for fillies are the key support races on Black Caviar Lightning Day.

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the first of the three leg Autumn Sprint Series Triple Crown that also features Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) the following Saturday and Flemington’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on Super Saturday in March. Having held Group 1 status since 1987, the Lightning Stakes is also the opening leg of the Global Sprint Challenge and so attracts the season’s top class stayers who could be internationally-bound.

Reigning Australian Racehorse of the Year Nature Strip won the 2021 Black Caviar Lightning and would go on to take out that year’s $15 million The Everest (1200m) in Sydney at his third attempt.

Nature Strip returned as favourite in the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning but after blowing the start and subsequently suffering interference, he could only manage to run second behind his three-year-old stablemate Home Affairs.

This season’s Black Caviar Lightning ran on Saturday February 19, 2022 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs ($7.50) in an upset over his star stablemate Nature Strip. 

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 19, 2022
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1955

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Results

The official Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Results 2022 and Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 19, 2022 and published below as soon as the autumn feature is run and won.

  • 1st: #8 Home Affairs ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #1 Nature Strip
  • 3rd: #2 Eduardo

Chris Waller celebrated his second straight quinella in the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning results with his returning Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Home Affairs ($7.50) holding on to upset his star stablemate Nature Strip who blew the start and had a nasty early run.

Black Caviar Lightning Betting

Black Caviar Lightning betting markets are usually led by sprinters with previous Group 1 winning form at Flemington including the VRC Sprint Classic over 1200m at the track the November before. 

The latest horses to complete the double are Redkirk Warrior (2018) and Nature Strip (2021). Nature Strip also won the 2019 VRC Sprint Classic and was runner-up in the 2020 edition of the famous autumn sprint feature. He was narrowly denied completing the VRC Sprint Classic – Black Caviar Lightning double a second time when beaten first-up as the favourite in the 2022 edition of the latter.

Black Caviar (2011) also went on to win the Newmarket after the first of her three Lightning Stakes wins for the punters, the mighty mare saluting as the favourite in Lightning Stakes betting three years in a row.

Black Caviar Lightning odds favour proven straight performers and mares also feature prominently in betting with six of the winners from 2006 – 2021 being female gallopers, most recently In Her Time (2019).

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Odds

The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2022 betting odds will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned for the best autumn racing odds on the season’s top sprinters.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Black Caviar Lightning Field

The Black Caviar Lightning field features the season’s best sprinters and is often the first-up run for the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap hopefuls. The race typically attracts a smallish field with only one edition of the Lightning Stakes drawing more than a dozen starters in the past 20 years when 15 lined up in the 2002 race won by Spinning Hill.

Lightning Stakes betting favourite Black Caviar won three times

The Black Caviar Lightning is named in honour of triple winner of the rack Black Caviar (2011-2013). Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Many horses in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field had their final runs at the track the previous spring in the VRC Sprint Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and all but three winners from 2009-21 ran in the top three in their lead-up run.

The Lightning Stakes field also attracts horses that could head to Royal Ascot in England later in the year with the likes of Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009) all winning the Lightning Stakes – King’s Stand Stakes dual country double.

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Field

The Black Caviar Lightning field and barrier draw is set to be released on the Wednesday before the race and will be published below.

Nature Strip dominates a nine-horse 2022 Black Caviar Lightning field at Flemington on Saturday, the spring’s The Everest champion looking to go back-to-back first-up in the short-distance feature.

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations

The official Black Caviar Lightning 2022 nominations are taken by Racing Victoria on the Monday of the race and the full list of early entries will be available here once announced.

Chris Waller’s defending champion and last start $15 million The Everest hero in Sydney, Nature Strip headlines the early 2022 Black Caviar Lightning nominations.

Note: Nominations have been extended until 10:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6x3121323x BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
2 x1131x131x EDUARDO G 8 Joseph Pride 116
3 1x16x31x4 ENTHAAR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
4 31x30x370x GYTRASH G 6 Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle 113
5 2138x191x HOME AFFAIRS C 3 Chris Waller 111
6 125x15126x MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 114
7 x121x1211x NATURE STRIP G 7 Chris Waller 120
8 1127x621x PROFITEER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 87
9 x358x8052x SWATS THAT M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 108
10 x5411313x3 THE ASTROLOGIST G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 104
11 1111x6120x THE INFERNO G 5 Cliff Brown 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Black Caviar Lightning Tips

Black Caviar Lightning tips traditionally favour horses that have winning form down the testing Flemington straight and any horse that ran top three in the VRC Sprint Classic the previous November is worth a look at.

A top Lightning Stakes tip is to look at runners drawn in single digits as just one winner from 2005-22 has saluted from wider than gate nine in the race.

Single digit hopes in Black Caviar Lightning odds also have a stellar recent record in the race with the only four winners paying over $10 from 2002-2021: 20/1 shot Scenic Blast who scored the upset in 2009, Terravista upset his rivals first-up at $15 in 2017. Redkirk Warrior ($10) who ran down the $1.80 favourite Redzel in 2018 and Gytrash ($21 in 2020) who upset a field of previous Group 1 winners.

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Tips

The top Black Caviar Lightning 2022 betting tips from our insider team of form experts will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprinters to get behind in the early autumn feature.

  • To Win: #1 Nature Strip ($2.50 at time of publish) 

First-up at Flemington over 1000m sees Chris Waller’s superstar sprinter Nature Strip the hard to beat favourite. His record at HQ is outstanding (8:6-1-0) and he’s a nine-time winner from 15 starts at the distance. Ended the spring in career best fashion winning The Everest – VRC Sprint Classic interstate double. Defends his title here with Jamie Kah back in the saddle and is a noted fresh performer, winning by a big margin first-up last prep despite blowing the start.

Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide

The Black Caviar Lightning form guide features valuable information for punters including the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers of each runner in the field. The form guide for the Lightning Stakes can be used to determine the best value horses in the field by studying their lead-up performances and records at Flemington over 1000m.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Form Facts

  • In the 12 years from 2011 – 2022 four of Lightning Stakes winners came off a last start victory most recently Home Affairs (2022) who won the previous spring’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes
  • The VRC Sprint Classic produced eight winners from 2010 – 2022 including Black Caviar (2011) who completed the double
  • From 2011 – 2022 five editions of the Lightning Stakes have been won by mares – a fact boosted by triple champion Black Caviar
  • Favourites have a top record in the race with six wins from 2006 – 2022
  • Home Affairs (2022) was the first three-year-old Lightning Stakes winner since Fastnet Rock (2005) 17 years earlier
  • Only one winner has jumped from double-digits since 2005 with Nicconi (11 of 11 in 2010)

2022 Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Black Caviar Lighting Stakes 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters here the week of the race.

Black Caviar Lightning Results

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results and finishing order are out in February when the race runs as the only Group 1 at Flemington during the meeting. Along with the Black Caviar Lightning winner the results also show the successful quinella, trifecta and margins between each horse that finished the race.

Lightning Stakes results have been dominated by the favourites in the past decade and notable recent Lightning Stakes winners include Fastnet Rock (2005), Miss Andretti (2007), Black Caviar (2011-13), Chautauqua (2016), Redkirk Warrior (2018) and Nature Strip (2021).

Lightning Stakes Winners

2022 Home Affairs Nature Strip Eduardo
2021 Nature Strip September Run Swats That
2020 Gytrash Redzel Loving Gaby
2019 In Her Time Osborne Bulls Sunlight
2018 Redkirk Warrior Redzel Missrock
2017 Terravista Spieth Star Turn
2016 Chautauqua Terravista Japonisme
2015 Lankan Rupee Brazen Beau Deep Field
2014 Snitzerland Shamexpress Samaready
2013 Black Caviar Moment Of Change Golden Archer
2012 Black Caviar Hay List Buffering
2011 Black Caviar Hay List Warm Love
2010 Nicconi Wanted Shellscrape
2009 Scenic Blast Typhoon Zed Grand Duels
2008 Apache Cat Swick Stanzout
2007 Miss Andretti Magnus Ticklish
2006 Takeover Target God’s Own Cape Of Good Hope