Black Caviar Lightning 2020

Saturday February 15, 2020

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 $750,000 in prize money and is run under weight-for-age conditions.

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.

This season’s Black Caviar Lightning an on Saturday February 15, 2020 and saw Gytrash score a big upset win over Redzel, Loving Gaby and Nature Strip. 

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1955

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Results

The official Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Results 2020 and Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 15, 2020 and published below as soon as the autumn feature is run and won.

  • 1st: #4 Gytrash
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #7 Loving Gaby

Nature Strip ($1.45) was all the rage with the punters but it was an upset Black Caviar Lightning 2020 result with the Gordon Richards-trained Gytrash ($21) continuing his great short-distance form with a boilover to defeat Redzel (2nd), Loving Gaby (3rd) and the beaten odds-on favourite who ran fourth.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg $21
2 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1L 1 58.5kg $7.50
3 7 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 1.2L 6 53.5kg $5
4 2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 3.2L 5 58.5kg $1.45F
5 5 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Ben Melham 3.5L 4 56.5kg $61
6 3 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 4.75L 7 58.5kg $51
7 6 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 6L 3 56.5kg $19

Black Caviar Lightning Betting & Odds

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 last horse to complete the double was Redkirk Warrior (2018).

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 – 2020 being female gallopers, most recently In Her Time (2019).

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Odds

The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2020 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.

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 2009-19 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.

2020 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.

Odds-on favourite Nature Strip will face just six rivals from barrier five in Saturday’s 2020 Black Caviar Lightning field first-up looking for his fifth win from as many starts at the iconic straight track.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2862x138x REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 116
2 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg 116
3 1110x4509x DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7 58.5kg 106
4 x113011x2x GYTRASH Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg 97
5 368105x77x I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Ben Melham 4 56.5kg 106
6 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 3 56.5kg 103
7 6422x1212x LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 6 53.5kg 111

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations

The official Black Caviar Lightning 2020 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.

The 2020 Black Caviar Lightning nominations drew 13 early entries led by the odds-on favourite Nature Strip who is four-from-four at the track. Along with the VRC Classic winner other standout sprinters in the mix including the returning Manikato Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby and dual The Everest champ Redzel.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1110x4509x DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
2 36x32441x DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
3 06142x257x GIFT OF POWER (NZ) M 5 Anthony Freedman 96
4 x113011x2x GYTRASH G 4 Gordon Richards 97
5 368105x77x I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
6 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 89
7 211x1133x LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
8 6422x1212x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 111
9 2132x721x0 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 107
10 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 116
11 577561360x QUEEN ANNABEL M 6 Rebecca Kelly 82
12 x2862x138x REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
13 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103

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 2005-20 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 2002-2020 being” 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.

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Tips

The top Black Caviar Lightning 2020 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.

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 10 years from 2011 – 2020 three of Lightning Stakes winners came off a last start victory
  • The VRC Sprint Classic produced six winners from 2010 – 2020 including Black Caviar (2011) who completed the double
  • From 2011 – 2020 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 – 2020
  • No three-year-old Lightning Stakes winner has been recorded since Fastnet Rock (2005)
  • Only one winner has jumped from double-digits since 2005 with Nicconi (11 of 11 in 2010)

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Black Caviar Lighting Stakes 2020 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) and Redkirk Warrior (2018).

Lightning Stakes Winners

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