Looking for this year’s Black Caviar Lightning betting odds, tips and form guide? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before the race.

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, Flemington

Registered as the Lighting Stakes, the Black Caviar Lighting is run over a short 1,000 metres each February at Flemington Racecourse. Offering $1,000,000 in prize money the event attracts a star line-up of early season sprinters, many of which contested the previous spring’s $20 million The Everest in Sydney.

In 2022 the previous year’s The Everest champion Nature Strip ran second in an upset 2021 Black Caviar Lightning result after missing the kick. 

This race can be seen as an excellent lead in to the 1,200 metre Newmarket Handicap, which takes place in March and Black Caviar (2011), Lankan Rupee (2014), Redkirk Warrior (2018) and all recently completed the Lightning Stakes – Newmarket Group 1 double at HQ. 

In 2021 the reigning Australian Horse of the Year Nature Strip won the Black Caviar Lightning and continued on to add a host of other top level wins to his incredible sprint record including that year’s The Everest.

Nature Strip returned to run second in the 2022 Black Caviar Lightning behind his stablemate Home Affairs in an upset before going on to win Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes for a record-equalling third time and dominate Royal Ascot’s Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes in the UK by over five lengths.

In 2023 Nature Strip returned as the odds-on favourite only to run a disappointing sixth behind gun filly Coolangatta in the Black Caviar Lightning results.

Black Caviar Lightning 2024 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, February 17th, 2024
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,000 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1955
  • 2024 Black Caviar Lightning Winner: Imperatriz

black caviar lightning 2024 RESULTS

The official 2024 Black Caviar Lightning results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday February 17, 2024. 

  1. #4 Imperatriz
  2. #1 Private Eye
  3. #5 Espiona

Mark Walker’s now nine-time Group 1 winning mare Imperatriz ($1.60F) atoned for her flat lead-up trial when digging deep to get her neck ahead of the gutsy Private Eye and salute for the punters as the Flemington first-up favourite in the Black Caviar Lightning 2024 results.

Black Caviar Lightning Betting 2024

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Black Caviar Lightning, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Black Caviar Lightning
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Black Caviar Lightning.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Black Caviar Lightning. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Black Caviar Lightning, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Black Caviar Lightning, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Black Caviar Lightning to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Black Caviar Lightning to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Black Caviar Lightning to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Black Caviar Lightning, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Black Caviar Lightning 

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Black Caviar Lightning Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Black Caviar Lightning 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Black Caviar Lightning will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

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Which Horse Will Win The Black Caviar Lightning 

The best way to pick which horse will win the Black Caviar Lightning in 2024 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, past Group 1 sprint stars, previous performers from earlier years in the same event and those with a good record at the famous Flemington track. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Black Caviar Lightning winner include: 

  • Super Sprint – The 1000m is best suited to short distance specialists with even 1200m horses sometimes finding the sprint too sharp.
  • First-Up Factor – Horses racing first-up have an outstanding record in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. Home Affairs (2022), Coolangatta (2023), and Imperatriz (2024) are the latest first-up Black Caviar Lightning winners. Home Affairs and Coolangatta meanwhile were both three-year-olds who had their previous run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at the track the November before with Home Affairs doing the double and Coolangatta improving on a fifth in the 1200m event. 
  • Inside Alleys – History shows the majority of winners have started from barrier nine or less in the race.
  • Group 1 Horses – Proven Group 1 sprinters have dominated this race in the past 30 plus years.

Black Caviar Lightning Favourites 2024

Early favourites in 2024 Black Caviar Lightning betting include Mark Walker’s brilliant Group 1 winning mare Imperatriz who won five on the trot during an outstanding autumn – spring bid that culminated with a Champions Sprint victory at Flemington, Joe Pride’s dual The Everest place-getter Private Eye, and consistent colt I Am Unstoppable who was runner-up in the Coolmore Stud Stakes last time in. 

From 2006 – 2024 seven Black Caviar Lightning favourites saluted for the punters most recently Imperatriz ($1.60 in 2024).

Black Caviar Lightning 2024 Field

The official 2024 Black Caviar Lightning field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The Black Caviar Lightning 2024 final field features eight sprinters led by the odds-on favourite Imperatriz who chases her ninth Group 1 victory first-up at Flemington.

Black Caviar Lightning 2024 Tips

Favourite: #4 Imperatriz ($1.95 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #4 Imperatriz to salute for the punters (see above) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #3 Bella Nipotina ($7.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our insider 2024 Black Caviar Lightning tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2024 BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING PREVIEW & TIPS

Black Caviar Lightning Race Day 2024

Black Caviar Lightning Day 2024 takes place at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday, February 17th, 2024. There are three Group 3 support acts on the card with the running of the: 

  • Group 3 $200,000 The Vanity (1400m),
  • Group 3 $200,000 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m), and the
  • Group 3 $200,000 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m).

Black Caviar Lightning Barrier Draw 2024

The 2024 Black Caviar Lightning barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Black Caviar Lightning Field section. 

Black Caviar Lightning Nominations 2024

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Nominations close at 12 PM on Monday, the 12th of February, 2024.

Imperatriz chasing her ninth Group 1 victory first-up headlines the official 2024 Black Caviar Lightning nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1121x1111x IMPERATRIZ M 5 Mark Walker 1 56.5kg 119
2 7x405x132x PRIVATE EYE G 6 Joseph Pride 2 58.5kg 115
3 236x33315x BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher 3 56.5kg 114
4 117x21714x ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 4 56.5kg 112
5 127x11350x CYLINDER C 3 James Cummings 5 55.5kg 107
6 x062725x95 THE ASTROLOGIST G 7 Leon & Troy Corstens 6 58.5kg 104
7 11x3222x I AM UNSTOPPABLE C 3 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans 7 55.5kg 100
8 x1135x3534 RICH FORTUNE M 4 Jerome Hunter 8 56.5kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Black Caviar Lightning Weights 2024

Standard weight for age conditions apply to this race. Final 2024 Black Caviar Lightning Weights are announced at 4 PM on Monday, the 12th of February, 2024 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Black Caviar Lightning Field section.

Black Caviar Lightning Acceptances 2024

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Final Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 14th of February, 2024 and will be published in our above Black Caviar Lightning Field section. 

Black Caviar Lightning Jockeys 2024

The final riders announcement is at 1 PM on Wednesday, the 14th of February, 2024 with the confirmed 2024 Black Caviar Lightning Jockeys to be published in our above Black Caviar Lightning Field section. 

Black Caviar Lightning Scratchings 2024

2023 Black Caviar Lightning scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 17th of February, 2024.

Black Caviar Lightning Prize Money 2024

The 2024 Black Caviar Lightning prize purse is worth $1,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $600,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $90,000
4th $45,000
5th $25,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000

Black Caviar Lightning Race Number 2024

The 2024 Black Caviar Lightning race number is scheduled as Flemington Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday February 17th, 2024. There are ten races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide 2024

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2024 Black Caviar Lightning Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING FORM GUIDE

Black Caviar Lightning Live 2024

You can watch or listen to the 2024 Black Caviar Lightning live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Free to air television: Channels 78 (and 68 in regional areas)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com

Mobile: Neds App

Black Caviar Lightning Winners

Winners of the Black Caviar Lightning / Lightning Stakes going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a more complete list of previous Lightning Stakes winners from 1955 – the present visit our winners page here

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2024 Imperatriz Mark Walker Opie Bosson 56.5kg 0:57.54
2023 Coolangatta Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 53.5kg 0:56.46
2022 Home Affairs Chris Waller James McDonald 55.5kg 0:56.64
2021 Nature Strip Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 58.5kg 0:56.91
2020 Gytrash Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 58.5kg 0:57.53
2019 In Her Time Kris Lees Corey Brown 56.5kg 0:56.69
2018 Redkirk Warrior David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 58.5kg 0:56.33
2017 Terravista Joseph Pride Corey Brown 58.5kg 0:57.26
2016 Chautauqua Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 58.5kg 0:57.02
2015 Lankan Rupee Mick Price Craig Newitt 58.5kg 0:56.29
2014 Snitzerland Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 56.5kg 0:57.16
2013 Black Caviar Peter Moody Luke Nolen 56.5kg 0:55.42
2012 Black Caviar Peter Moody Luke Nolen 56.5kg 0:55.53
2011 Black Caviar Peter Moody Luke Nolen 56.5kg 0:57.20
2010 Nicconi David Hayes Damien Oliver 58.5kg 0:57.12
2009 Scenic Blast Daniel Morton Steven Arnold 58.5kg 0:56.94
2008 Apache Cat Greg Eurell Corey Brown 58.5kg 0:57.25
2007 Miss Andretti Lee Freedman Craig Newitt 56kg 0:57.22
2006 Takeover Target Joe Janiak Jay Ford 57.5kg 0:56.80
2005 Fastnet Rock Paul Perry Glen Boss 54.5kg 0:57.37
2004 Regimental Gal Shaun Dwyer Steven King 52kg 0:57.02
2003 Choisir Paul Perry Glen Boss 54.5kg 0:56.63
2002 Spinning Hill Guy Walter Steven Arnold 55kg 0:57.15
2001 Sports John Hawkes Darren Gauci 57.5kg 0:57.02
2000 Testa Rossa Dean Lawson Damien Oliver 54.5kg 0:56.04