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VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

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

VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes:

Snapshot History

  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

Year Horse Trainer Jockey No. Br. SP A/S Lead-Up Form Br. Range Br. Count A/S Range A/S Count
Year Horse Trainer Jockey No. Br. SP A/S Lead-Up Form Br. Range Br. Count A/S Range A/S Count
1955 GAY VISTA L.O'SULLIVAN W.COOK 2 7 4-7f 4G 1st Carrington Stk-1st Rand 6f Hcp-1st Challenge Stk 1 6 2C 1
1956 APPLE BAY T.J.SMITH W.WILLIAMSON 5 9 9-4f 4G 2nd Carrington Stk-1st Challenge Stk 2 7 2F 2
1957 COPPER YEAR W.BOYLE W.WILLIAMSON 6 6 1-3 6H 1st Gawl 5f Hcp-3rd Chel 5f Qlty-5th SA Xmas Hcp 3 8 3C 11
1958 MISTING V.RYAN N.PYATT 19 13 20 2C First run back from a spell (84 days) 4 4 3F 8
1959 RITMAR STAN MURPHY B.PULBROOK 12 3 10 2F 2nd Caul 5f 2F Hcp-1st Caul 5f 2F Hcp 5 6 3G 3
1960 TODMAN M.MCCARTEN N.SELLWOOD 2 3 1-6f 5H 1st Cant 6f Hcp 6 7 4G 6
1961 SKY HIGH J.GREEN N.SELLWOOD 4 3 10-9f 3C First run back from a spell (91 days) 7 4 4H 5
1962 SKY HIGH J.GREEN G.MOORE 1 3 9-10f 4H First run back from a spell (88 days) 8 3 4M 4
1963 WENONA GIRL M.MCCARTEN W.WILLIAMSON 15 5 4 5M 1st Challenge Stk-2nd MRC Orr Stk 9 4 5G 4
1964 WENONA GIRL M.MCCARTEN W.PYERS 6 9 7-4f 6M First run back from a spell (84 days) 10 5 5H 2
1965 MARMION L.CARSTENS R.DUREY 5 3 10 3G 1st Wbee 6.75f 3YO Hcp-1st Woodend 6f 3YO Hcp-1st Caul 6f Hcp 11 4 5M 4
1966 CITIUS W.MURRELL P.GUMBLETON 7 3 9-2 3F 1st Sand 5f Hcp 12 1 6G 4
1967 STORM QUEEN J.B.CUMMINGS R.HIGGINS 13 6 3 3F 2nd MV William Reid Stk 13 3 6H 0
1968 BEGONIA BELLE A.ELKINGTON P.HYLAND 7 6 2ef 3F 1st Wbee 5f Hcp 14 1 6M 3
1969 MISTER HUSH C.DOYLE P.HYLAND 7 8 11-4f 5G First run back from a spell (98 days) 16 2 7G 2
1970 BLACK ONYX T.J.SMITH H.WHITE 2 2 3 4H First run back from a spell (100 days)
1971 DUAL CHOICE K.WHITE P.HYLAND 7 3 4 3F 3rd MV William Reid Stk
1972 ZAMBARI T.J.SMITH H.WHITE 6 10 8 4G 1st Rand 6f Hcp-1st Rhil 5f Hcp-6th MV William Reid Stk
1973 MAKE MINE ROSES R.E.HOYSTED A.KING 14 13 16 3F 2nd Caul 1000m Hcp
1974 CENTURY J.B.CUMMINGS R.HIGGINS 1 7 9-4f 4H First run back from a spell (100 days)
1975 CAP D'ANTIBES J.B.CUMMINGS H.WHITE 14 16 1-19 3F First run back from a spell (91 days)
1976 DESIRABLE C.S.HAYES M.JOHNSTON 21 10 9-4 2F 1st VRC 1000m 2YO Hcp
1977 MAYBE MAHAL J.B.CUMMINGS R.HIGGINS 8 4 15 4M First run back from a spell (105 days)
1978 MAYBE MAHAL J.B.CUMMINGS J.STOCKER 5 3 1-4 5M First run back from a spell (105 days)
1979 THE JUDGE A.ARMANASCO H.WHITE 13 7 4-7f 3C First run back from a spell (105 days)
1980 SPORTSCAST C.S.HAYES J.COURTNEY 16 16 3f 3C 1st V Pk 1000m Inter Hcp-1st VRC 1200m 3CG Hcp-1st VRC 1200m Hcp
1981 COUNTESS MARIZZA E.LAING D.COLEMAN 7 1 11-8f 6M First run back from a spell (91 days)
1982 HE'S A HAZE R.HUTCHINS E.DIDHAM 6 11 16 4G 1st Standish Hcp
1983 DEMUS R.E.HOYSTED R.DAWKINS 6 10 20 5H 1st Carrington Stk-5th MV William Reid Stk
1984 RIVER ROUGH R.E.HOYSTED R.DAWKINS 5 14 8 4H 2nd Sand 1000m Hcp
1985 RIVER ROUGH R.E.HOYSTED M.CLARKE 1 5 4-6f 5H 1st MV William Reid Stk
1986 HULA CHIEF J.B.CUMMINGS D.GAUCI 5 2 13-4 3C 1st Rand 1200m 3CG Hcp-1st Rand 1400m Wltr-1st Royal Sovereign
1987 PLACID ARK W.MITCHELL J.SCORSE 13 1 7 3G 1st Asct 1200m 3YO Qlty-3rd WA Raconteur Qlty-1st WA Lee Steere Classic
1988 SPECIAL C.S.HAYES M.CLARKE 8 11 8 4M First run back from a spell (100 days)
1989 ZEDITAVE A.ARMANASCO G.HALL 5 4 1-1f 3C 1st Rubiton Stk-1st MV William Reid Stk
1990 REDELVA G.VARCOE N.WILSON 3 8 14 6G 4th MV William Reid Stk
1991 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE J.B.CUMMINGS J.CASSIDY 2 9 4 4G First run back from a spell (98 days)
1992 SCHILLACI D.L.FREEDMAN D.OLIVER 16 10 7 3G First run back from a spell (82 days)
1993 SCHILLACI D.L.FREEDMAN D.OLIVER 1 10 1-1f 4G 1st Rubiton Stk-2nd MV William Reid Stk
1994 KELTRICE I.HARRISON S.KING 5 2 13-2 3C First run back from a spell (108 days)
1995 MAHOGANY D.L.FREEDMAN L.DITTMAN 1 6 11-2 4G First run back from a spell (140 days)
1996 GOLD ACE D.L.FREEDMAN D.OLIVER 8 5 13-2 3C First run back from a spell (106 days)
1997 MAHOGANY D.L.FREEDMAN G.HALL 1 4 5-2ef 6G 2nd MV William Reid Stk
1998 GENERAL NEDIYM F.W.MITCHELL B.YORK 8 5 8-11f 3C First run back from a spell (120 days)
1999 ISCA PETER HAYES G.CHILDS 13 2 9-4f 3F First run back from a spell (94 days)
2000 TESTA ROSSA D.LAWSON D.OLIVER 4 5 4 3C First run back from a spell (113 days)
2001 SPORTS J.HAWKES D.GAUCI 2 4 $16 6G First run back from a spell (84 days)
2002 SPINNING HILL G.WALTER S.ARNOLD 10 13 $11 5M First run back from a spell (133 days)
2003 CHOISIR P.PERRY G.BOSS 7 1 $7 3C First run back from a spell (94 days)
2004 REGIMENTAL GAL S.DWYER S.KING 10 11 $5.50 3F First run back from a spell (155 days)
2005 FASTNET ROCK P.PERRY G.BOSS 11 12 $4.20 3C First run back from a spell (93 days)
2006 TAKEOVER TARGET J.JANIAK J.FORD 2 6 $4.20f 6G 7th VRC Age Classic-1st Summer Stk-1st Doomben Stk
2007 MISS ANDRETTI D.L.FREEDMAN C.NEWITT 6 1 $3.20f 5M First run back from a spell (91 days)
2008 APACHE CAT G.EURELL C.BROWN 1 2 $5.50 5G First run back from a spell (147 days)
2009 SCENIC BLAST D.MORTON S.ARNOLD 5 1 $19 4G 2nd Asct 1100m Hcp
2010 NICCONI D.HAYES D.OLIVER 3 11 $5 4H First run back from a spell (84 days)
2011 BLACK CAVIAR P.MOODY L.NOLEN 7 6 $1.28f 4M First run back from a spell (105 days)
2012 BLACK CAVIAR P.MOODY L.NOLEN 7 5 $1.10f 5M 1st MV Australia Stk-1st MRC Orr Stk
2013 BLACK CAVIAR P.MOODY L.NOLEN 6 2 $1.10f 6M First run back from a spell (238 days)
2014 SNITZERLAND G.A.RYAN B.AVDULLA 8 9 $5 4M First run back from a spell (100 days)
2015 LANKAN RUPEE M.PRICE C.NEWITT 1 6 $2.60 5G First run back from a spell (105 days)
2016 CHAUTAUQUA M. W. & J.HAWKES D.DUNN 1 2 $2.80f 5G First run back from a spell (105 days)
2017 TERRAVISTA J.PRIDE C.BROWN 1 8 $15 7G First run back from a spell (84 days)
2018 REDKIRK WARRIOR D. & B.HAYES & T.DABERNIG R.BAYLISS 4 7 $10 7G First run back from a spell (98 days)
2019 IN HER TIME K.LEES C.BROWN 4 1 $4.40 6M First run back from a spell (98 days)