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 the third Saturday of 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 ran on Saturday Saturday February 18, 2017.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning Results
- 1st: Terravista
- 2nd: Spieth
- 3rd: Star Turn
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 18, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 1000m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $750,000
- First Run: 1955
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.
Many horses in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field had their final runs at the track the previous spring in the Darley Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and all but one winner since 2009 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.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning Field
The Black Caviar Lightning field and barrier draw is set to be released on the Wednesday before the race will be published below.
Racing Victoria received 13 final acceptances in the 2017 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes field led by gun three-year-olds Star Turn and Flying Artie drawn well in barriers two and four respectively.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||73x296x20x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||9||58.5kg||112|
|2||x1100x98x4||FLAMBERGE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||58.5kg||112|
|3||61539x146x||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||12||58.5kg||110|
|5||5121x1212x||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||8||58.5kg||105|
|6||15x16225x7||FAATINAH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||11||58.5kg||101|
|7||7x0111x12x||SPIETH (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Hugh Bowman||5||58.5kg||108|
|8||x1x11x113x||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||10||58.5kg||100|
|10||31113x132x||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||3||56.5kg||107|
|11||2x123x11x||FLYING ARTIE||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||4||55.5kg||110|
|12||x256x1213x||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||2||55.5kg||107|
|13||9x1x66735x||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||7||53.5kg||81|
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 Darley Classic over 1200m at the track the November before.
The last horse to complete the double was Black Caviar (2011) for her first of 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 five of the past 10 winners from 2006 – 2015 being female gallopers.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning Odds
The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2017 betting odds will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned.
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 Darley 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 since 2005 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 winner paying over $10 since 2002 being 20/1 shot Scenic Blast who scored the upset in 2009.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning Tips
The top Black Caviar Lightning 2017 betting tips from our insider team of form experts will be published below the week of the race.
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.
The trainer – jockey combination of Peter Moody and Luke Nolen has had much success in recent Black Caviar Lightning results so looking for these names on the form guide could prove a winning punt.
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Form Facts
- In the six years from 2011 – 2016 three of Lightning Stakes winners came off a last start victory
- The Darley Classic produced four winners from 2010 – 2016 including Black Caviar (2011) who completed the double
- From 2011 – 2016 four mares won the Lighting Stakes – a fact boosted by triple champion Black Caviar
- Favourites have a top record in the race with six wins from 2006 – 2016
- 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)
Black Caviar Lightning Results
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results and finishing order are out on the third Saturday 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.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning Results
The official Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results 2017 will be known on Saturday February 18, 2017 and published below as soon as the autumn feature is run and won.
|1||1||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||–||8||58.5kg||$15|
|2||7||SPIETH (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Hugh Bowman||0.1L||5||58.5kg||$6|
|3||12||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||0.2L||2||55.5kg||$4|
|4||2||FLAMBERGE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||0.3L||1||58.5kg||$41|
|5||5||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||0.8L||7||58.5kg||$21|
|6||10||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||2.05L||3||56.5kg||$9|
|7||11||FLYING ARTIE||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||2.25L||4||55.5kg||$3.60F|
|8||4||COUNTERATTACK||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||2.65L||6||58.5kg||$21|
|9||8||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||3.65L||9||58.5kg||$9|
|SB||6||FAATINAH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||–||10||58.5kg|
|SB||3||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||–||11||58.5kg|
|SB||9||ORUJO||Shawn Mathrick||Noel Callow||–||12||58.5kg|
|–||13||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||–||0||–|
Lightning Stakes Winners
|2015||Lankan Rupee||Brazen Beau||Deep Field|
|2013||Black Caviar||Moment Of Change||Golden Archer|
|2012||Black Caviar||Hay List||Buffering|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Warm Love|
|2009||Scenic Blast||Typhoon Zed||Grand Duels|
|2006||Takeover Target||God’s Own||Cape Of Good Hope|