Who Will Be 'Fast As' In Lightning?

Image courtesy of: Getty Images/Mark Dadswell
Nellie won her race, the Black Caviar Lighting, three times. Image courtesy of: Getty Images/Mark Dadswell

With just a field of six, the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday looms as a battle between the tried and tested and two rising stars of the turf.

Australian Horse of the Year, Lankan Rupee , faces a fresh challenge from the unbeaten Deep Field and classy three-year-old Brazen Beau .

The winner of ten of his 20 starts and $3.67m in prize money, Lankan Rupee resumes in this 1000m dash, a journey at which he's had seven starts for four wins and the placings. At Flemington over the five-furlongs, the five-year-old has a win and a second from just two starts. And Mick Price's gelding has won three of his five first up starts as well.

In the spring, he faced challenges from Chautauqua and Terravista, but this time there are two new kids on the block chasing for sprinting glory.

Deep Field is a four-year-old trained by Team Hawkes who has won all his five outings. The last came in the spring at Group 2 level at this track. The son of Northern Meteor has won four races at 1100m and another over 1200m. His handful of victories have netted connections $315,300 in stakes.

And with four wins and two seconds from eight starts, there's no doubting Brazen Beau's class. The son of I Am Invincible has won over 1100m and three times at 1200m, with two of the victories first up. He's resuming after taking out the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes against fellow three-year-olds. He's already banked $712,825.

Unfortunately for classy Perth visitor Watermans Bay , the top three in betting look too slick for him at 1000m, while greybeard Fab Fevola and handy sprinter The Quarterback appear outclassed.

For those who love facts and figures, Tatts Stats has uncovered more interesting details on the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. 


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