Exhilarating Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2024

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Eight-time Group 1 champion Imperatriz returns to Flemington on Saturday as she looks to add the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes to her dazzling CV.

After a fascinating performance in a Cranbourne trial last Monday, Imperatriz finished fifth whilst being urged along by rider Michael Dee. The trial has sparked much debate among fans with many happy to take her on first-up over the 1000m. Also in the trial and put up a big performance is the up and coming 3yo I Am Unstoppable who put in an impressive performance.

Three-year-olds have a great record in this race having won it 23 times including the past two runnings. The past two winners contested the Coolmore Stud Stakes and that’s the race both I AM UNSTOPPABLE and CYLINDER had their last starts in. Chris Waller trained the winner in 2021 (Nature Strip) and 2022 (Home Affairs). In the ten editions since Black Caviar won in 2013, only one favourite has won – Chautauqua in 2016.

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Some of the other Black Caviar Lightning Stakes contenders include:

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 1: Private Eye

Joe Pride said a month ago that he was keen to challenge Imperatriz first-up in the Black Caviar Lightning with Private Eye. It’s no surprise, as Private Eye loves the Flemington straight and has won four of eight, first-up. Last campaign Pride kept him sprinting and he had three starts for a win, a second and a third in Sydney. Pride knows what it takes to win Australia’s feature 1000m sprint, winning it previously in 2017 with Terravista.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 2: Bella Nipotina

Under-rated sprinting mare who has been a mainstay in the top-level sprints for the past three years. She’s had numerous placings at Group 1 level with one win. In this race last year she finished third to her stablemate Coolangatta and I Wish I Win. She trialled well recently at Cranbourne and is ready for another great campaign.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 3: Espiona

Chris Waller is looking for his third win in the Black Caviar Lightning following victories with Nature Strip in 2021 and Home Affairs in 2022. This gifted enigmatic mare has a liking for the Melbourne direction and she demonstrated this with her last start, running fifth in the VRC Sprint Classic. She wasn’t extended in her jump-out at Flemington where she trailed Cylinder and The Astrologist.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 4: Rich Fortune

Group 3-winning mare trained by Jerome Hunter who has a great winning strike rate as a trainer. Her two straight runs have been sound, but this is obviously a big step up for her. Good run last start at Geelong in a Benchmark 84 when she finished fourth with a big weight but this is a significant test for her.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 5: Cylinder 

Another top-class three-year-old colt. Forget about his effort in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, as it was the end of a long and successful spring campaign that had netted Group 2 and Group 3 wins as well as a fifth in The Everest behind Think About It. James Cummings was pleased with his last jump-out at Flemington, and will be keen to get his name on the honour board in a race where his legendary grandfather Bart boasted seven wins.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 6: I Am Unstoppable

He’s an exciting colt aiming to maintain the streak of three-year-olds winning this race after winning the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) before tackling the Black Caviar Lightning first-up. Two years ago Home Affairs completed the double and last year Coolangatta followed her fifth in the Coolmore with a win in this race. I Am Unstoppable may also have won the Coolmore as he was held-up at the 300m-mark before he finished powerfully for second to Ozzmosis. He looked sharp in a recent Cranbourne jump-out.

A half brother to our exciting 2 year old stakes placed filly Satin Stiletto who is showing plenty of ability herself from just the one start to date.


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Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Contender 7: Imperatriz

This superstar sprinter dominated the Melbourne spring, triumphing in all four of her starts. Her winning streak included three Group 1s made up of The Valley’s sprints, including the Moir and Manikato Stakes. Her stellar campaign culminated in a victorious run at the VRC Sprint Classic, where she faced a challenge from Buenos Noches. To date she has won her last five starts and eight of her last nine, with her only loss a second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes. While she didn’t shine in a recent Cranbourne trial, her connections are not concerned, stating that she typically saves her best for race day.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes The Facts:

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The Black Caviar Lightning, registered as the Lightning Stakes, is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 thoroughbred horse race at Weight for Age, run over a distance of 1000 metres at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in February.Prize money is A$1,000,000.


The Lightning Stakes forms the first leg of the three leg Autumn sprint series over the Melbourne carnival. It precedes the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m, open handicap) at Caulfield Racecourse on the third Saturday in February and the G1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m, open handicap), Australia’s most famous sprinting handicap, also run at Flemington on the first Saturday in March. Horses contesting this race may also head to the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse, run over 1200m at weight-for-age in March.


The name of the race changed from the Lightning Stakes in 2013, to honour sprinting superstar Black Caviar, who won the race in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is a Group 1 thoroughbred sprint held under race for age conditions. It takes place on the straight 1000m course at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne each February.

This race forms the first leg of the Autumn Sprint Series, followed by the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, which is held over 1200m at Caulfield Racecourse on the third Saturday in February each year. The final leg is Australia’s most famous sprinting handicap: the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, which takes place at Flemington on the first Saturday in March.

Sprinters that contest the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes often go on to compete in those two sprints, while they may also take part in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes in March. The William Reid Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions, whereas the Oakleigh Plate and the Newmarket Handicap are handicap races.

Since 2005, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes has formed the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. That helps it attract some of the world’s finest sprinters. The series had six races when it was inaugurated in 2005.

But it has now increased to 10: the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan, the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in Hong Kong, the King’s Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in the UK, the July Cup at Newmarket in the UK, the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan, the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington, and finally the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.


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