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Lightning Stakes Tips - Can the Strip prove he is the world's fastest?

14 Feb 2020
Justin Darcy 14 Feb 2020
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2020 Lightning Stakes Tips
Nature Strip is the horse to beat in the Lightning Stakes (Getty Images)

Lightning Stakes Tips - Can the Strip prove he is the world's fastest?

The Lightning Stakes is a Group One sprinting event at Flemington run over 1000m, often seeing many high quality runners resuming for a campaign targeting the Newmarket and the TJ Smith.

Nature Strip resumes en route to a potential UK trip while old champ in Redzel looks to be running alongside Loving Gaby and the up and coming Gytrash.

Lightning Stakes Information

  • DateSat 18 Feb, 2023
  • Race Time05:30
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance1000 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$1,000,000

Lightning Stakes Betting Odds

Nature Strip$1.60
Loving Gaby$6.50
Santa Ana Lane$13
Hey Doc$17
I Am Immortal$21

Odds provided by Sportsbet and were correct on February 10 at 11am AEDT 

Lightning Stakes Best Bet - Nature Strip

Simply sublime is how I would describe the way he finished off last campaign.

The Waller stable learned quickly not to mess around with him and let him free roll out in front.

They let him roll in the Moir which he won, then he rolled along in the Everest and finished fourth before showing a dynamic turn of foot in the VRC Sprint over 1200m which many have questioned him at.

Royal Ascot is on the agenda for him and this campaign will tell is whether a King Stand or Diamond Jubilee is the better option.

He looks as if he will have an easy lead in this race, hopefully drawing away from Redzel who we know kicks forward, and going down the straight only adds to the confidence considering his record.

He is short but does look the winner.

Nature Strip - $1.60Lightning Stakes Best BetBet now
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Lightning Stakes Value Bet - Redzel

He was only nutted on the line in this race two years ago and he goes well first-up.

The champion has only missed the top two once from 10 starts when resuming, but Nature Strip is at the peak of his powers so he may the quinella horse with him.

He has had two trials coming into the race, a second placing and a win, which will have him ready to perform on Saturday.

Prizemoney of over $16 million, 15 wins, two Group One wins and two Everest crowns shows he is still in the top echelon of sprinters in the country and will again put up a brave fight in this race.

Redzel - $7Lightning Stakes Value BetBet now
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Lightning Stakes

When is the Lightning Stakes?

The Lightning Stakes is run on February 15 at Flemington race course over 1000m.
It is the second Group One race of the new year.

Who won last year's Lightning Stakes?

Last year's Lightning Stakes was won by In Her Time, beating perennial Group One place getter Osbourne Bulls.

Where is the Lightning Stakes?

The Lightning Stakes is the second Group One race of the new year and is run every year at Flemington racecourse.

What is the prizemoney for the Lightning Stakes?

There is a total prize pool of $750,000 for the Group One Lightning Stakes, with the majority of the cash going to the winner. 



We will be having 13 units on Nature Strip and just the two on Redzel as a saver for the race.

Nature Strip is a great multi loader if you are not keen to bet on the race.

Best Bet: Nature Strip To Win @3/5 at Neds - 13 Units
Value Bet: Redzel To Win @6/1 at RobWaterhouse - 2 Units
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