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 ran on Saturday February 17, 2018 .
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Results
- 1st: #4 Redkirk Warrior
- 2nd: #1 Redzel
- 3rd: #8 Missrock
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 1000m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $750,000
- First Run: 1955
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Results
The official Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Results 2018 and Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 17, 2018 and published below as soon as the autumn feature is run and won.
The 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Results saw a shock win by the Lindsay Park-trained Redkirk Warrior who narrowly ran down the odds-on favourite, returning The Everest – Darley Classic champion Redzel in a tight finish.
|1||4||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||–||7||58.5kg|
|2||1||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.1L||9||58.5kg|
|3||8||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||1.35L||6||56.5kg|
|4||7||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens||1.55L||10||58.5kg|
|5||5||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Michael Dee||1.75L||1||58.5kg|
|6||6||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Craig Williams||3.75L||2||58.5kg|
|7||3||HEY DOC||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||5.75L||3||58.5kg|
|8||2||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Mark Zahra||5.85L||4||58.5kg|
|9||9||SUPER TOO||Marc Conners||Stephen Baster||5.95L||5||56.5kg|
|10||10||FORMALITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||11.95L||8||53.5kg|
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 winners from 2006 – 2018 being female gallopers.
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Odds
The latest Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2018 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.
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 three winners from 2009-18 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.
2018 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.
Ten sprinters make-up the 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Final Field this autumn including the odds-on favourite Redzel chasing a seventh win on the trot first-up from gate nine. Challengers include returning Manikato Stakes winner Hey Doc in gate three and the gun Lindsay Park-trained filly Formality who gets in on 53.5kg at WFA.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2211x1111x||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||58.5kg||116|
|2||20x100x02x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Mark Zahra||4||58.5kg||113|
|3||1196x1401x||HEY DOC||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||58.5kg||113|
|4||1x105x100x||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7||58.5kg||111|
|5||011x43765x||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Michael Dee||1||58.5kg||106|
|6||3394x2531x||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||105|
|7||13x930x15x||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens||10||58.5kg||103|
|8||2x1449729x||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||104|
|9||1423x5112x||SUPER TOO||Marc Conners||Stephen Baster||5||56.5kg||95|
|10||302x11013x||FORMALITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||8||53.5kg||102|
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations
The official Black Caviar Lightning 2018 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.
Redzel dominates the early 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Nominations chasing a seventh straight win first-up and his third from as many starts at Flemington where he was last seen taking out the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) in the spring.
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 from 2005-18 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 three winners paying over $10 from 2002-2018 being 20/1 shot Scenic Blast who scored the upset in 2009, Terravista upset his rivals first-up at $15 in 2017 and Redkirk Warrior ($10) who ran down the $1.80 favourite Redzel in 2018.
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Tips
The top Black Caviar Lightning 2018 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.
- 1st: #1 REDZEL ($1.80)
- 2nd: #2 TERRAVISTA ($8)
- 3rd: #9 SUPER TOO ($21)
REDZEL ($1.80) is under $2 at Black Caviar-like odds to win the Flemington sprint named in that mare’s honour, and he will do just that. This will be win number seven straight for Team Snowden’s super sprinter who is a dual Group 1 champion plus has The Everest trophy in the cabinet. Two-from-two at Flemington and a first-up specialist, resuming after his Darley Classic win here in the spring. Two outstanding trials have him ready to peak and he is well-proven at the short 1000m distance. TERRAVISTA ($8) is the danger and the early market mover. Joe Pride’s now eight-year-old was runner-up in 2016 and won this race in 2017. One of the best first-up sprinters in the country and continues to show a zest for racing despite his age. Not far off Redzel in the Darley Classic second last time out and can be right on his heels again here. SUPER TOO ($21) is the best 1000m runner in the race and even though this is a class rise for the mare, she has the speed to run better than her odds suggest.
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 eight years from 2011 – 2018 three of Lightning Stakes winners came off a last start victory
- The Darley Classic produced five winners from 2010 – 2018 including Black Caviar (2011) who completed the double
- From 2011 – 2018 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 – 2018
- 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)
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Black Caviar Lighting Stakes 2018 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) and Chautauqua (2016).
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|