Australia’s best sprinters are out in force for the 2019 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, which features a unique field.
It’s unique because of the inclusion of two-year-old Jedastar, which carries only 44kg. That should make for an exciting race and we have free tips, form and odds for every runner this year.
2019 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2019
Sunlight @ $4 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Osborne Bulls @ $6 – BET NOW
Jedastar @ $14 – BET NOW
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Osborne Bulls (Best Each – $6) – BET NOW
The James Cummings-trained gelding would have been our best bet had it not been for the 58.5kg he has to carry.
He’s clearly the best sprinter in the field as shown by his placing in The Everest last season and he scored his only start down the Flemington straight last time out.
That’s cracking form for this and his odds represent each-way value.
Battle Hero ($31) – BET NOW
Ascot-based sprinter which has yet to face a field of this quality and given his weight of 58.5kg, we can’t see him getting close to these.
Unlikely to attract any attention with bookmakers.
Glenall ($35) – BET NOW
Talented sprinter on its day and he wasn’t far behind Belwazi last start at Flemington. Is that form the best for Group 1 level? Probably not, but we’ve seen bigger upsets and he has performed at Flemington in the past.
Consider at odds.
In Her Time ($4.80) – BET NOW
Always well-supported and that’s the case again here. The Kris Lees-trained mare went close behind Santa Ana Lane in the VRC Classic last start and that form must be considered for this.
She has been in average form prior to that but her second-up record reads well and we would be surprised to see her not finishing in the first half of the field.
Missrock ($67) – BET NOW
Missrock is a tough mare to completely rule out as she likes to pop up when least expected, but she wasn’t far behind them last start and her best would see her finish close to the pace.
That being said, she would need a career-best performance to feature in the finish.
Divine Quality ($18) – BET NOW
There has been some specking in the market for the Robbie Griffiths-trained mare which has finished in the money in 11 of her 14 starts to date.
The quality daughter of Sepoy won at Group 3 level by 3.3 lengths last start during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and any form would that time should stack up nicely.
Worth including at the odds for first-four players.
Written By ($7.50) – BET NOW
Beaten favourite at Caulfield last start behind Bon’s Away when he had every chance to win but having that fitness in his legs is going to help.
He has drawn to sit in behind runners and although he likes to go out strong, it will benefit him getting some cover in what should be a hot-speed race.
Drifting in the betting but the Blue Diamond winner is far too good to leave out.
Graff ($6.50) – BET NOW
Boom three-year-old which won three of his six starts last campaign and his finish for fifth in The Everest was a good effort.
Most of his form has come against age-group horses and he’s facing some seasoned customers here, which is the big concern.
His opening price of $4.80 has drifted to $6 and that’s not a good sign.
Lean Mean Machine ($8) – BET NOW
No denying its talent but we would have preferred to see him at a lighter weight. The Waller-trained three-year-old won the Group 2 Run to the Rose last preparation before running fifth in the Golden Rose.
Might prefer a wet track but he’s a good enough type to be featured in the placings.
Sunlight (Best Bet – $4) – BET NOW
Quality filly Sunlight is the deserving favourite after winning eight of her 12 starts and she comes into this fresh up after winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
She is another filly by Zoustar which is now facing tried-and-tested thoroughbreds but her class is enormous and her tactical speed makes her a threat.
She’s ideally weighted at 53.5kg and although drifting with bookmakers, she’s the best bet in the race.
Jedastar (Best Roughie – $14) – BET NOW
There haven’t been many two-year-old winners of the Lightning Stakes and Jedastar has won and placed from only two starts, but it’s tough to ignore the 44kg on her back.
She’s a filly by I Am Invincible who is no doubt outclassed by this field but she gets 14.5kg’s on Osborne Bulls and that’s some pull in the weights.
Should make it interesting.