The Group 1 Lightning Stakes was a race dominated by unbeaten mare Black Caviar and it has since been renamed after the champion runner.
It runs this Saturday down the straight at Flemington where 10 of the quickest thoroughbreds in Australia do battle for the $750,000 prize.
We have form for every runner in the Lightning Stakes and have provided our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the exciting sprint race.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2018
Redzel @ $1.80 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Redkirk Warrior @ $10 – BET NOW
Supido @ $17 – BET NOW
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Hartnell ($6) – BET NOW
Redzel (Best Bet – $1.80) – BET NOW
Redzel went unbeaten in four starts last campaign and that included a win in The Everest.
The five-year-old is clearly the best sprinter in Australia and he went to another level last preparation in winning the Concorde Stakes, The Shorts, The Everest and the Group 1 Darley Classic down the Flemington straight.
Peter and Paul Snowden have the son of Snitzel firing on all cylinders and although he’s at a short price, he deserves to be shorter based on his form.
Terravista ($8.50) – BET NOW
Last year’s winner Terravista is back for another tilt at the title.
The Joe Pride-trained runner has been sparingly-raced since and his form tapered off for most of the spring, but he was impressive in finishing second in the Darley Classic and that form should take him close here.
He’s an enigmatic type which appears to be past his very best, but he loves running down the Flemington straight on the big stage so consider at the each way odds.
Hey Doc ($10) – BET NOW
Hey Doc is a quality type which won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last time to the races.
Trained by Tony McEvoy, the four-year-old isn’t always the most consistent, but the eight-time winner must be respected at Flemington where he has scored three wins and he’s also a three-time winner fresh up.
He’s drifting in the betting after opening at $8.50, but punters are getting better value now.
Redkirk Warrior (Best Each Way – $10) – BET NOW
Lindsay Park lines up Redkirk Warrior which failed in The Everest and the Darley Classic, but he’s a strong each way chance at the price.
The imported runner has won three of his six fresh-up starts and he’s becoming a fresh up specialist. His form tapers off as his campaign progresses, but he should be ready to fire this Saturday.
The son of Notnowcato relishes on the hard tracks and the conditions at Flemington should suit perfectly.
Rock Magic ($21) – BET NOW
The eight-year-old competed well enough in the big spring races to be considered here.
Despite his age, the Ascot-based sprinter finished third in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield before running sixth in the Darley Classic.
His last win was at Belmont in the Belmont Sprint, but he will need to lift to beat the smart types in this field.
Ball of Muscle ($14) – BET NOW
Ball of Muscle was a good winner of the G.H. Mumm Stakes last start, but he took advantage of a relatively poor field.
Joe Pride trains the seven-year-old which has run well at Flemington in the past and he’s a proven winner fresh up.
Drawing barrier two won’t help his chances as he does prefer some running room, but Craig Williams is in the saddle and he can produce some magic.
Thronum ($10) – BET NOW
The son of Snitzel is speed personified but stretching out to 1400m will be the trouble here.
He’s a quick type which is coming off a gallant win at Moonee Valley, but he’s unsuited by the weights and we think punters aren’t getting enough value at the $10.
Supido (Best Roughie – $17) – BET NOW
Supido is a live chance and our best roughie for the Lightning Stakes.
The Michael Kent-trained speedster finished fifth behind Russian Revolution in the McEwen Stakes in September last year, but this suits better and he’s one of the best fresh horses in Australia.
He has won five of his seven attempts first up and that makes him a live chance at big odds.
Drawing barrier 10 will give him every chance to get a drag into the race and wind up with a big run late I the piece.
Missrock ($19) – BET NOW
Capable on her day, but she would need to produce a career-best performance by some margin.
The Robbie Laing-trained runner finished well down the track when ninth in the Darley Classic and she hasn’t won since August last year.
She has Group 1 form when running second in The Goodwood behind Vega Magic, but we’re prepared to risk her here.
Super Too ($23) – BET NOW
Super Too was gallant behind Snitty Kitty in the Caulfield Sprint last time out, but this is much harder.
The Marc Connors-trained mare has won two trials since then at Warwick Farm, which is a good sign, but she doesn’t suit running down the straight.
She’s more dynamic around a bend and she could be a sitting duck late in the race.
Formality ($10) – BET NOW
Three-year-olds should always command respect due to the light weight.
The Lindsay Park-trained filly finished third in the Coolmore Stud Classic last start behind Merchant Navy and the form out of that race should stack up well.
The Blue Sapphire winner doesn’t have much experience at Flemington, but she adds some interest at the 53.5kg.