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The Black Caviar Lightning in numbers

9 February 2022 Written by Joe Mcgrath

The late Bart Cummings holds the record as the leading trainer of the Black Caviar Lightning (formerly known as the Lightning Stakes), winning a record seven times with Storm Queen in 1967, Century in 1974, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Maybe Mahal in 1977–78, Hula Chief in 1986 and Shaftsbury Avenue in 1991.

The leading Lightning Stakes jockey is Damien Oliver who has won five times on Schillaci (1992–93), Gold Ace (1996), Testa Rossa in (2000) and Nicconi (2010). Harry White was close behind having won four times with The Judge in 1979, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Zambari in 1972 and Black Onyx in 1970.

Black Caviar is the only horse to have won the race three times (2011–2013) but there have been several dual winners that include Sky High in 1961–62, Wenona Girl in 1963–64, Maybe Mahal in 1977–78, River Rough in 1984–85, Schillaci in 1992–93 and Mahogany in 1995& 1997.

The fastest time that race was run was 55.42 seconds by Black Caviar in 2013, the same year that the race was renamed in her honour.

Black Caviar holds the record for the fastest 1000 metres at Flemington

As with any athlete, if the right conditions are presented the performance can be well above expectation. For Black Caviar this was clearly the case as she ran in the 2013 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1) – a race she had won for the previous two years and is now named in her honour.

It was only apt that in her third consecutive attempt at the rich 1000 metre sprint, the planets would align to put on a breathtaking performance. With no Hay List or Buffering to contend with she carved out incredible sectionals; so much so that Black Caviar would record a brilliant, record-breaking 55.42 sec in the weight-for-age sprint.

It was as if she knew this would be her last performance at Flemington and she wanted to put on a show that everyone would remember. And what better way to do it than to break the track record in the process. Peter Moody trained the first three placegetters with her stablemates Moment of Change and Golden Archer filling the top three.

  • Black Caviar holds the record for the fastest 1000 metres at Flemington The fastest time that race was run was 55.42 seconds by Black Caviar in 2013, the same year that the race was renamed in her honour.
  • The late Bart Cummings holds the record as the leading trainer of the Black Caviar Lightning (formerly known as the Lightning Stakes), winning a record seven times with Storm Queen in 1967, Century in 1974, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Maybe Mahal in 1977–78, Hula Chief in 1986 and Shaftsbury Avenue in 1991.
  • The leading Lightning Stakes jockey is Damien Oliver who has won five times on Schillaci (1992–93), Gold Ace (1996), Testa Rossa in (2000) and Nicconi (2010). Harry White was close behind having won four times with The Judge in 1979, Cap D’antibes in 1975, Zambari in 1972 and Black Onyx in 1970.
  • Black Caviar is the only horse to have won the race three times (2011–2013) but there have been several dual winners that include Sky High in 1961–62, Wenona Girl in 1963–64, Maybe Mahal in 1977–78, River Rough in 1984–85, Schillaci in 1992–93 and Mahogany in 1995& 1997.
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