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Lightning Stakes

The Lightning Stakes is a Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race at Weight for Age, run over a distance of 1000 metres at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne in February. Prizemoney is AUD$500,000. The Lightning Stakes forms the first leg of the three leg Autumn sprint series over the Melbourne carnival, preceded by the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m, open handicap) at Caulfield Racecourse on the third Saturday in February and the G1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m, open handicap), Australia's most famous sprinting handicap, also run at Flemington on the first Saturday in March. Horses contesting this race may also head to the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse, run at 1200m at weight-for-age on the second Saturday in February.

Contents

Race History

Distance

  • 1955 - 1972 held over 5 furlongs
  • 1973 onwards held over 1000 metres

Class

  • 1955 - 1979 was a Principal race
  • 1980 - 1986 was a Group 2 race
  • 1987 onwards was a Group 1 race

The winners

  • 2010 - Nicconi [1]
  • 2004 - Regimental Gal
  • 2003 - Choisir
  • 2002 - Spinning Hill
  • 2001 - Sports
  • 2000 - Testa Rossa
  • 1999 - Isca
  • 1998 - General Nediym
  • 1996 - Gold Ace
  • 1994 - Keltrice
  • 1993 - Schillaci
  • 1992 - Schillaci

  • 1989 - Zeditave
  • 1988 - Special
  • 1986 - Hula Chief
  • 1985 - River Rough
  • 1984 - River Rough
  • 1983 - Demus
  • 1982 - He's A Haze
  • 1981 - Countess Marizza
  • 1980 - Sportscast
  • 1979 - The Judge
  • 1978 - Maybe Mahal
  • 1977 - Maybe Mahal
  • 1976 - Desirable
  • 1975 - Cap D'antibes
  • 1974 - Century

  • 1973 - Make Mine Roses
  • 1972 - Zambari
  • 1971 - Dual Choice
  • 1970 - Black Onyx
  • 1969 - Mister Hush
  • 1968 - Begonia Belle
  • 1966 - Citius
  • 1965 - Marmion
  • 1964 - Wenona Girl
  • 1963 - Wenona Girl
  • 1959 - Ritmar
  • 1958 - Misting
  • 1957 - Copper Year
  • 1956 - Apple Bay
  • 1955 - Gay Vista

References

Australian Studbook - VRC Lightning Stakes Race Winners




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