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VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

1960 Lightning Stakes winner, 5yo stallion TODMAN
Trainer: Maurice McCarten
Jockey: Neville Sellwood

VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes:

SNAPSHOT SUMMARY

   Race
  • The first edition of the Lightning Stakes was staged on Saturday, February 19, 1955.
  • With stake-money of 2,000 pounds and conducted at Weight-for-Age, the 1955 Lightning Stakes attracted eight starters and was won by Sydney-trained Gay Vista. Two decades later (1975), the race was worth $12,000.
  • The race has always been conducted over the straight 1000m at Flemington except for the 2007 edition (won by Miss Andretti) which was conducted at Moonee Valley.
  • When the Australian Group Race Classification system was established in 1979, the Lightning Stakes was assigned Group Two status. In 1987 it was upgraded to Group One status and by the year 2005, total prizemoney had reached $500,000.
  • In 2020, the Lightning Stakes is a Group One $750,000 event.
   Milestones
  • 1958 – 2yo colt Misting becomes the first of his age group to win the Lightning. The following year, the 2yo filly Ritmar scores, but it would take until 1976 before a 2yo could win the race again – Desirable, a 2yo filly trained by Colin Hayes. A 2yo hasn’t won since 1976.
  • 1959 – longest priced winner, Ritmar (20/1). She was then matched by Cap d’Antibes (1974) and Demus (1983).
  • 1966 – 3yo filly Citius becomes the first winner of the Lightning Stakes-Oakleigh Plate double.
  • 1970 – Black Onyx becomes the first winner of the Lightning Stakes-Newmarket Handicap double.
  • 1987 – Placid Ark becomes the first horse to win the sprint treble – the Lightning, Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap.
  • 1992 – Schillaci emulates Placid Ark in capturing the Sprint Treble. No horse has been able to complete the treble since.
  • 2012 – shortest priced winner, Black Caviar ($1.10f). In 2013, Black Caviar won again at $1.10f.
  • 2013 – Black Caviar becomes the first horse to win the race three times (2011, 2012, 2013)
   Multiple Winners
  • 3 Wins: Black Caviar (2011/2012/2013)
  • 2 Wins: Sky High (1961/1962), Wenona Girl (1963/1964), Maybe Mahal (1977/1978), River Rough (1984/1985), Schillaci (1992/1993), Mahogany (1995/1997)
   Trainers
  • 7 Wins: J.B. (Bart) Cummings
  • 6 Wins: D.L. (Lee) Freedman
  • 4 Wins: R.E. (Bob) Hoysted
   Jockeys
  • 5 Wins: Damien Oliver
  • 4 Wins: Harry White

VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes:

ARCHIVE

YearWinnerTrainerJockeyNo.Br.SPA/SLead-Up Form
1955GAY VISTAL.O'SULLIVANW.COOK274-7f4G1st Carrington Stk-1st Rand 6f Hcp-1st Challenge Stk
1956APPLE BAYT.J.SMITHW.WILLIAMSON599-4f4G2nd Carrington Stk-1st Challenge Stk
1957COPPER YEARW.BOYLEW.WILLIAMSON6646H1st Gawl 5f Hcp-3rd Chel 5f Qlty-5th SA Xmas Hcp
1958MISTINGV.RYANN.PYATT1913202CFirst run back from a spell (84 days)
1959RITMARSTAN MURPHYB.PULBROOK123102F2nd Caul 5f 2F Hcp-1st Caul 5f 2F Hcp
1960TODMANM.MCCARTENN.SELLWOOD231-6f5H1st Cant 6f Hcp
1961SKY HIGHJ.GREENN.SELLWOOD4310-9f3CFirst run back from a spell (91 days)
1962SKY HIGHJ.GREENG.MOORE139-10f4HFirst run back from a spell (88 days)
1963WENONA GIRLM.MCCARTENW.WILLIAMSON15545M1st Challenge Stk-2nd MRC Orr Stk
1964WENONA GIRLM.MCCARTENW.PYERS697-4f6MFirst run back from a spell (84 days)
1965MARMIONL.CARSTENSR.DUREY53103G1st Wbee 6.75f 3YO Hcp-1st Woodend 6f 3YO Hcp-1st Caul 6f Hcp
1966CITIUSW.MURRELLP.GUMBLETON739-23F1st Sand 5f Hcp
1967STORM QUEENJ.B.CUMMINGSR.HIGGINS13633F2nd MV William Reid Stk
1968BEGONIA BELLEA.ELKINGTONP.HYLAND762ef3F1st Wbee 5f Hcp
1969MISTER HUSHC.DOYLEP.HYLAND7811-4f5GFirst run back from a spell (98 days)
1970BLACK ONYXT.J.SMITHH.WHITE2234HFirst run back from a spell (100 days)
1971DUAL CHOICEK.WHITEP.HYLAND7343F3rd MV William Reid Stk
1972ZAMBARIT.J.SMITHH.WHITE61084G1st Rand 6f Hcp-1st Rhil 5f Hcp-6th MV William Reid Stk
1973MAKE MINE ROSESR.E.HOYSTEDA.KING1413163F2nd Caul 1000m Hcp
1974CENTURYJ.B.CUMMINGSR.HIGGINS179-4f4HFirst run back from a spell (100 days)
1975CAP D'ANTIBESJ.B.CUMMINGSH.WHITE1416203FFirst run back from a spell (91 days)
1976DESIRABLEC.S.HAYESM.JOHNSTON21109-42F1st VRC 1000m 2YO Hcp
1977MAYBE MAHALJ.B.CUMMINGSR.HIGGINS84154MFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
1978MAYBE MAHALJ.B.CUMMINGSJ.STOCKER5355MFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
1979THE JUDGEA.ARMANASCOH.WHITE1374-7f3CFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
1980SPORTSCASTC.S.HAYESJ.COURTNEY16163f3C1st V Pk 1000m Inter Hcp-1st VRC 1200m 3CG Hcp-1st VRC 1200m Hcp
1981COUNTESS MARIZZAE.LAINGD.COLEMAN7111-8f6MFirst run back from a spell (91 days)
1982HE'S A HAZER.HUTCHINSE.DIDHAM611164G1st Standish Hcp
1983DEMUSR.E.HOYSTEDR.DAWKINS610205H1st Carrington Stk-5th MV William Reid Stk
1984RIVER ROUGHR.E.HOYSTEDR.DAWKINS51484H2nd Sand 1000m Hcp
1985RIVER ROUGHR.E.HOYSTEDM.CLARKE154-6f5H1st MV William Reid Stk
1986HULA CHIEFJ.B.CUMMINGSD.GAUCI5213-43C1st Rand 1200m 3CG Hcp-1st Rand 1400m Wltr-1st Royal Sovereign
1987PLACID ARKW.MITCHELLJ.SCORSE13173G1st Asct 1200m 3YO Qlty-3rd WA Raconteur Qlty-1st WA Lee Steere Classic
1988SPECIALC.S.HAYESM.CLARKE81184MFirst run back from a spell (100 days)
1989ZEDITAVEA.ARMANASCOG.HALL541-1f3C1st Rubiton Stk-1st MV William Reid Stk
1990REDELVAG.VARCOEN.WILSON38146G4th MV William Reid Stk
1991SHAFTESBURY AVENUEJ.B.CUMMINGSJ.CASSIDY2944GFirst run back from a spell (98 days)
1992SCHILLACID.L.FREEDMAND.OLIVER161073GFirst run back from a spell (82 days)
1993SCHILLACID.L.FREEDMAND.OLIVER1101-1f4G1st Rubiton Stk-2nd MV William Reid Stk
1994KELTRICEI.HARRISONS.KING5213-23CFirst run back from a spell (108 days)
1995MAHOGANYD.L.FREEDMANL.DITTMAN1611-24GFirst run back from a spell (140 days)
1996GOLD ACED.L.FREEDMAND.OLIVER8513-23CFirst run back from a spell (106 days)
1997MAHOGANYD.L.FREEDMANG.HALL145-2ef6G2nd MV William Reid Stk
1998GENERAL NEDIYMF.W.MITCHELLB.YORK858-11f3CFirst run back from a spell (120 days)
1999ISCAPETER HAYESG.CHILDS1329-4f3FFirst run back from a spell (94 days)
2000TESTA ROSSAD.LAWSOND.OLIVER4543CFirst run back from a spell (113 days)
2001SPORTSJ.HAWKESD.GAUCI24$166GFirst run back from a spell (84 days)
2002SPINNING HILLG.WALTERS.ARNOLD1013$115MFirst run back from a spell (133 days)
2003CHOISIRP.PERRYG.BOSS71$73CFirst run back from a spell (94 days)
2004REGIMENTAL GALS.DWYERS.KING1011$5.503FFirst run back from a spell (155 days)
2005FASTNET ROCKP.PERRYG.BOSS1112$4.203CFirst run back from a spell (93 days)
2006TAKEOVER TARGETJ.JANIAKJ.FORD26$4.20f6G7th VRC Age Classic-1st Summer Stk-1st Doomben Stk
2007MISS ANDRETTID.L.FREEDMANC.NEWITT61$3.20f5MFirst run back from a spell (91 days)
2008APACHE CATG.EURELLC.BROWN12$5.505GFirst run back from a spell (147 days)
2009SCENIC BLASTD.MORTONS.ARNOLD51$194G2nd Asct 1100m Hcp
2010NICCONID.HAYESD.OLIVER311$54HFirst run back from a spell (84 days)
2011BLACK CAVIARP.MOODYL.NOLEN76$1.28f4MFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
2012BLACK CAVIARP.MOODYL.NOLEN75$1.10f5M1st MV Australia Stk-1st MRC Orr Stk
2013BLACK CAVIARP.MOODYL.NOLEN62$1.10f6MFirst run back from a spell (238 days)
2014SNITZERLANDG.A.RYANB.AVDULLA89$54MFirst run back from a spell (100 days)
2015LANKAN RUPEEM.PRICEC.NEWITT16$2.605GFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
2016CHAUTAUQUAM. W. & J.HAWKESD.DUNN12$2.80f5GFirst run back from a spell (105 days)
2017TERRAVISTAJ.PRIDEC.BROWN18$157GFirst run back from a spell (84 days)
2018REDKIRK WARRIORD. & B.HAYES & T.DABERNIGR.BAYLISS47$107GFirst run back from a spell (98 days)
2019IN HER TIMEK.LEESC.BROWN41$4.406MFirst run back from a spell (98 days)