Lightning Stakes

Lightning Stakes, Morphetville

Looking for early info on this year’s SAJC Lightning Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 1,050 metres, Lightning Stakes is a short-distance Listed sprint race taking place at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australia at the tail-end of the Adelaide Winter Racing Carnival. Carrying just over $100,000 prize purse, the event runs at the end of July and is a set weights race open only to two and three-year-old horses. 

A number of outstanding horses have won the Lightning Stakes in recent years in the early stages of their career including Wild Rain (2015), subsequent Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes and Moir Stakes winner Viddora (2016), and the Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip (2018) whose following victories included the Group 1 Moir, VRC Sprint Classic and TJ Smith Stakes.

The form out of the 2021 Lightning Stakes was franked with the winner Beau Rossa going on to run second next-up in Adelaide’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) and Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Lightning Stakes 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, July 30th, 2022
  • Track Location: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,050 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights
  • Qualification: Two year olds and three year olds
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Listed
  • Operator: South Australian Jockey Club
  • Prize Purse: $107,250
  • 2022 Lightning Stakes Winner: TBD

lightning Stakes 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Lightning Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday July 30, 2022.  

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Lightning Stakes Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Lightning Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Lightning Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s race.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s race. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the race, 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 race, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the race to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the race to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Lightning Stakes 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 Lightning Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Lightning Stakes in 2022

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Lightning Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Lightning Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Lightning Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The Lightning Stakes in 2022?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Lightning Stakes in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up form, assess the barriers and look at the allocated weights. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the SAJC Lightning Stakes winner include: 

  • Weight Relief – Look out for a horse which gains an advantage from carrying less weight due to the set weight conditions.
  • Millions Flashback – Although it takes place almost six months earlier, if you can find any entrants that were place-getters in the Magic Millions, they just might be able to tackle this distance with flair.
  • Short Distance Specialists – The Lightning Stakes is run over just 1050m so is best suited to the short-distance specialists in the mix.

Lightning Stakes Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 Lightning Stakes betting include the Will Clarken-trained Group 2 performer Extremely Lucky and John Moloney’s filly Scorched Earth coming off back-to-back Group 3 placings in Melbourne. 

Nature Strip ($1.50 in 2018) and Parlophone ($4.20 in 2020) are the latest Lightning Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

Lightning Stakes 2022 Field

The official Lightning Stakes 2022 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be available here. 

Lightning Stakes 2022 Tips

Favourite: #5 Extremely Lucky ($4 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #10 Royal Dress ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #9  Calla Dream ($51 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our insider 2022 Lightning Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a detailed Lightning Stakes Day Betting Preview available on the Neds Blog.


Lightning Stakes 2022 Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of July, 2022. 

Lightning Stakes 2022 Barrier Draw

The 2022 Lightning Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Lightning Stakes Field section. 

Lightning Stakes 2022 Nominations

Nominations close at 12:30 PM on Monday, the 25th of July, 2022. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 442x110x6x KALLOS C 3 James Cummings 1 59kg 92
2 x364x1123x SCORCHED EARTH F 3 John Moloney 2 57kg 89
3 1x12x I AM BENE F 3 Andrew Clarken 3 57kg 75
4 11x15x UNFLINCHING C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 4 59kg 74
5 213×32811 OJOSAN F 3 David Bourne 5 57kg 73
6 11×1 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING F 3 Peter G Moody 6 57kg 73
7 526x12785x MAGIC MAX G 3 Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle 7 59kg 70
8 2187201131 CALLA DREAM F 3 Ron Daniel & Trish Stanbury 8 57kg 70
9 1x67x11 ROYAL DRESS F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 9 57kg 70
10 810x BERRY BUBBLY F 2 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 10 52kg 68
11 211x23x22 KEEP READING G 3 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 11 59kg 68
12 1x251x EXTREMELY LUCKY G 3 Will Clarken 12 59kg 67
13 11 MIETTA F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 13 57kg 67
14 429x WALTZ ON BY F 2 Peter G Moody 14 52kg 65
15 316425×443 JAAZEB G 3 Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle 15 59kg 62
16 37x EPIC CENTRE G 2 Clayton Douglas 16 54kg 61
17 332127×324 NO BABY NO F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 17 57kg 61
18 2138×7 NEVERSTANDINGSTILL F 3 Phil Sweeney 18 57kg 61
19 40x DEMON AWARD C 2 Leon & Troy Corstens 19 54kg 60
20 x198x37571 EXPRESS MASTER (NZ) G 3 Darryl Carrison 20 59kg 60
21 FAST STAR F 2 Leon & Troy Corstens 21 52kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Lightning Stakes 2022 Weights

Set weights apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, the 26th of July, 2022. 

Lightning Stakes 2022 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of July, 2022 and will be published in our above Lightning Stakes Field section. 

Lightning Stakes 2022 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of July, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Lightning Stakes Field section. 

Lightning Stakes 2020 Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 8:00 AM on Saturday, the 30th of July, 2022. 

Lightning Stakes Prize Money 2022

The 2022 Lightning Stakes prize purse is worth $107,250 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $57,975
2nd $19,125
3rd $8,625
4th $5,475
5th $4,425
6th $2,325
7th $2,325
8th $2,325
9th $2,325
10th $2,325

Lightning Stakes Race Number 2022

The 2022 Lightning Stakes is set to run as Morphettville Race 8 at 4:13pm (ACST) on Saturday the 30th of July, 2022. There are nine races in total that day at Morphettville Racecourse.

Lightning Stakes 2022 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Lightning Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Lightning Stakes Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Lightning Stakes live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National


Mobile: Neds App

Lightning Stakes Winners

Winners of the Lightning Stakes going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Beau Rossa Will Clarken Todd Pannell 59 kg 1:04.66
2020 Parlophone Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr. Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 52 kgs 1:01.93
2019 Assertive Approach Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Todd Pannell 59 kgs 1:01.92
2018 Nature Strip Darren Weir Damian Lane 59 kgs 1:00.68
2017 Bandipur James Cummings Dom Tourneur 54 kgs 1:03.48
2016 Viddora Lloyd Kennewell Matthew Neilson 57 kgs 1:02.79
2015 Wild Rain Mark Kavanagh Matthew Neilson 56.5 kgs 1:02.89
2014 Buddy Bundy Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 58 kgs 1:04.77
2013 Prettyhappyaboutit Robbie Griffiths Dom Tourneur 56 kgs 1:02.68
2012 Avoid Lightning David Jolly Adam McCabe 56 kgs 1:03.59
2011 Kulgrinda Peter Moody Linda Meech 56 kgs 1:02.15
2010 Streetcar Magic David Jolly Justin Potter 58 kgs 1:03.84
2009 Augusta Proud Leon Macdonald Chad Lever 56 kgs 1:01.82
2008 Morgan Dollar Stuart Gower Steven Arnold 58 kgs 0:57.50
2007 Lisson Grove David Hayes Craig Williams 52 kgs 0:58.48
2006 Reshuffles Jeremy Gask Matthew Neilson 55 kgs 0:58.19
2005 Emlozza Tony Noonan Brian Park 55 kgs 0:59.05
2004 Our Quivira Peter Moody Luke Nolen 55 kgs 1:00.19
2003 Dantana Rick Hore-Lacy Nash Rawiller 57.5 kgs 0:58.94
2002 Innovation Girl Brian Mayfield-Smith Kerrin McEvoy 49 kgs 0:57.95
2001 Raja Lane Leon Macdonald James Winks 49 kgs 0:57.49
2000 Vargna Gordon Richards Dwayne Dunn 51.5 kgs 0:59.58