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Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

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GYTRASH winning the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
GYTRASH winning the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the second Group One race of the Australian calendar year in Melbourne.
Conducted by the Victoria Racing Club, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the first leg of Melbourne's Sprint Triple Crown and was worth $750,000 in 2020.
The race was first run in 1955 when won by Gay Vista. It is run under Standard Weight For Age conditions.
The Lightning Stakes is run down the straight 1000m course at Flemington. In 1980, it became a Group Two race but in 1987 was elevated to Group One status.
Leading trainer for the Lightning Stakes is the late Bart Cummings who has won the event a record eight 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.
Leading Lightning Stakes jockey is Damien Oliver who has won five Lightning Stakes races on Schillaci (1992-93), Gold Ace (1996), Testa Rossa in (2000) and Nicconi (2010). Jockey Harry White has won the Lightning Stakes four times, The Judge in 1979, Cap D'antibes in 1975, Zambari in 1972 and Black Onyx in 1970.
Black Caviar is the only horse to have won the race three times (2012-2014) but there have been several dual winners that include Sky High in 1961-62, Wenona Girl in 1963-64, Maybe Mahal in 1977-78, River Rough in 1984-85, Schillaci in 1992-93 and Mahogany in 1995-1997.
Other notable winners include In Her Time (2019), Redkirk Warrior (2018), Chautauqua (2016), Lankan Rupee (2015), Takeover Target (2006), Fastnet Rock (2005), Choisir (2003) and Placid Ark (1987).
The fastest time was 55.42 seconds by champion sprinting mare Black Caviar in 2013.
In 2013 the Lightning Stakes was renamed the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in honour of champion sprinter Black Caviar.
The 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes was won by Gytrash from Redzel and Loving Gaby.
Racing and Sports

Previous Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
GYTRASH (AUS) 4G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - MISS BARLEY (AUS) FASTNET ROCK (AUS)
M J ZAHRA58.5GORDON RICHARDS2
IN HER TIME (AUS) 6M
TIME THIEF (AUS) - HELL IT'S HOT (AUS) ZEDITAVE (AUS)
C W BROWN56.5KRIS LEES1
REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) 7G
NOTNOWCATO (GB) - FLAG (GB) SELKIRK (USA)
REGAN BAYLISS58.5D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG7
TERRAVISTA (AUS) 7G
CAPTAIN RIO (GB) - PARFORE (NZ) GOLD BROSE (AUS)
C W BROWN58.5JOSEPH PRIDE8
CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 5G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - LOVELY JUBLY (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
D DUNN58.5MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES2
LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) 5G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ESTELLE COLLECTION (NZ) STRAVINSKY (USA)
C NEWITT58.5MICK PRICE6
SNITZERLAND (AUS) 4M
SNITZEL (AUS) - MONTE ROSA (AUS) FRAAR (USA)
B AVDULLA56.5GERALD RYAN9
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 6M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN56.5PETER MOODY2
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 5M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN56.5PETER MOODY5
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 4M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN56.5PETER MOODY6
NICCONI (AUS) 4H
BIANCONI (USA) - NICOLA LASS (AUS) SCENIC (IRE)
D OLIVER58.5D A HAYES11
SCENIC BLAST (AUS) 4G
SCENIC (IRE) - DAUGHTER'S CHARM (AUS) DELGADO (USA)
S W ARNOLD58.5D MORTON1
APACHE CAT (AUS) 5G
LION CAVERN (USA) - TENNESSEE BLAZE (AUS) WHISKEY ROAD (USA)
C W BROWN58.5GREG EURELL2
MISS ANDRETTI (AUS) 5M
IHTIRAM (IRE) - PEGGIE'S BID (AUS) MAROONED (GB)
C NEWITT56.0D L FREEDMAN1
TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) 6G
CELTIC SWING (GB) - SHADY STREAM (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
J FORD57.5J A JANIAK6
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - PICCADILLY CIRCUS (AUS) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
G BOSS54.5PAUL PERRY12
REGIMENTAL GAL (AUS) 3F
GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS) - HALLAYA (AUS) YALLAH PRINCE (AUS)
STEVEN KING52.0SHAUN DWYER11
CHOISIR (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - GREAT SELECTION (AUS) LUNCHTIME (GB)
G BOSS54.5PAUL PERRY1
SPINNING HILL (AUS) 5M
DOLPHIN STREET (FR) - INCLINE (AUS) CENTURY (AUS)
S W ARNOLD55.0G H WALTER13
SPORTS (AUS) 6G
ZEDITAVE (AUS) - OLYMPIC FLAME (AUS) BUENA SHORE (USA)
D GAUCI57.5JOHN HAWKES4
TESTA ROSSA (AUS) 3C
PERUGINO (USA) - BO DAPPER (AUS) SIR DAPPER (AUS)
D OLIVER54.5DEAN LAWSON5

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