Black Caviar Lightning

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 horse race run at Weight for Age.

The race is held annually in February at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne during the Autumn Racing Carnival and is run over a distance of 1000 metres.

Prize money for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is worth $500,000.

Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight For Age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000


In 2012 the Lightning Stakes changed its name officially to the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in honour of the Champion Mare Black Caviar – Free Bets

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Black Caviar is a retired Australian Thoroughbred racehorse undefeated in 25 races, a success record not equalled for over 100 years.

The inaugural race was in 1955 when the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, then known as the Lightning Stakes, a Principle Race, was won by Gay Vista over a distance of 5 furlongs.

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes has been won by plenty of champions over its long history including ofcourse Black Caviar in 2011 and 2012. Other winners include Apache Cat, Takeover Target, Spinning Hill, Testa Rossa and Schillaci with his back-to-back wins in 1992 and 1993.

From 1955 to 1979 the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes was run as a Principal Race, from 1980 till 1986 it was elevated to a Group 2 Race. From 1987 and on it has been a Group One event.

Harry White has won the Lightning 4 times, with The Judge in 1979, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Zambari in 1972 and Black Onyx in 1970.

Damien Oliver has also won 4 times with Schillaci in 1992-1993, Gold Ace in 1996 and Testa Rossa in 2000.

Bart Cummings has won this event 8 times with Storm Queen in 1967, Century in 1974, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Maybe Mahal in 1977-78, Demus in 1983, Hula Chief in 1986 and Shaftsbury Avenue in 1991.

Punters Guide

Since 2005 it has been the 1st leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

The ideal lead-up races to the Black Caviar Lightning are the Group 2 Carlyon Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Rubition Stakes (1200m).

Horses that race well in this event may then contest the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington Racecourse or the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse both in March.

2016 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results. Use free bets to bet on this race

1. $2.75 Chautauqua 58.5 D Dunn
2. $6.5 Terravista 58.5 D Oliver
3. $7 Japonisme 55.5 G Schofield

then followed
4. $3.00 Exosphere 55.5 J B Mc Donald
5. $11.00 Delectation Bay 58.5 Craig Williams
6. $41.00 Va Pensiero 58.5 C Newitt