Lightning Stakes 2018 – Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2018
Group 1 $500,000 Lighting Stakes 1000m –
Flemington, Saturday 17 February 2018
The Lightning Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2018 and is run over 1000 metres with prize money of $750,000. iTipsports will be there with all the action with our Melbourne Racing Tips.
The race was renamed the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in 2014 in honour of champion mare Black Caviar, who became the first galloper to win the Lightning Stakes race three years in a row. Black Caviar, in winning the race three times ran the race record 55.4 seconds in her third win in 2013.
Melbourne Racing Tips
Lighting Stakes Tips are sent out the day before race day and on race day our Late Mail email with the final look at the race from iTipsports exclusive Melbourne Racing Tips analyst Pete Brinky. Pete is one of Australia’s most informed and best judges of Racing form for over 25 years and he will be there with all of the form and tips for a big Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2018.
Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Tips 2018
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The Lightning Stakes is the premier weight-for-age 1000m sprint of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Australia’s best sprinters have won this race over the years including Black Caviar (2011-13), Scenic Blast (2009), Apache Cat (2008), Miss Andretti (2007) and Takeover Target (2006). The Lightning Stakes is run down the Flemington ‘1000m’ straight course with no turns involved, that suits horses with a love for the “straight” Flemington.
The lead up race most used for trainers with their horses is the Australia Stakes run at Moonee Valley Racecourse late January. The Newmarket Handicap is run three weeks after the Lightning Stakes and is an obvious race to be set for after the Lightning but also the Oakleigh Plate and William Reid Stakes are other Group races that provide prestige and class for sprinters during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2018. And from there such races as the Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2018.