Straight stunners

18 December 2023 Written by Racing & Sports

As the Resimax Group Rapid Racing Race Day celebrates racing down the famous Flemington straight, we look at the stars who stopped the clock over 1000-metres, 1100-metres and the ‘straight six’ 1200-metres.

1000 metres

It certainly isn’t surprising to see Black Caviar topping the list here as she thrilled the crowds at Flemington over the short courses.

Special, a speedster of the last 1980s who kept the 1000-metre record until Black Caviar set her sizzling time in 2012, held the mark before the introduction of times narrowing down to one-hundredth of a second in
the late 90s.

Current record Black Caviar 55:42 2013 Lightning Stakes G!
Previous record Black Caviar  55:53 2012 Lightning Stakes G1
Also  Special  55:5 1988 Lightning Stakes G1
  Schillaci  55:9 1992 Lightning Stakes G1
  Testa Rossa 56:04 2000 Lightning Stakes G1

1100 metres

The Mick Price-trained Loveyamadly broke the then nearly 11-year-old 1100-metre record two weeks after Black Caviar set a new mark for
the 1000-metres.

The previous record holder, Don’t Tell Tom, made four career appearances at Flemington for one victory in December 2004 – a significant one on the times register, too.

Current record Loveyamadly 1:02:15 2013 Fillies & Mares SW&P
Previous record Don't Tell Tom  1:02:20 2004 Open Handicap
Also September Run 1:02:234 2020 Poseidon Stakes L

1200 metres

More than two decades on and Iglesia’s record still stands, and such is the finite impact of ‘laser-like’ timing that Rubitano – a smart straight performer in his own right - had gone so narrowly close.

And, Black Caviar, not far off on the table over 1200-metres in one of her many crowning victories that included Australia’s most prestigious sprint, the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.

Current record  Iglesia 1:07:16 2001 Standish Handicap G3
Previous record  Rubitano  1:07:17 2002 Salinger Stakes G1
Also  Black Caviar 1:07:36 2011 Newmarket Handicap G1