Black Caviar Lightning 2017

Saturday February 18, 2017

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.

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 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
4 5217x2602x COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller TBA 6 58.5kg 102
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
9 720143x40x ORUJO Shawn Mathrick TBA 13 58.5kg 85
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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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

YEAR WINNER SECOND THIRD
2018 TBD TBD TBD
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