SAJC Lightning Stakes Race Information

The SAJC Lightning Stakes is a 1050 metre set weights race for two and three-year-olds run by the South Australian Jockey Club in late July. It is held at Morphettville as the feature race of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1050 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights, 2YOS & 3YOs
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Prizemoney: $100,000
  • Date: Saturday 31 July 2021

SAJC Lightning Stakes Race History

It is the last black-type race of the racing year in Australia.

The race was first held over 1000m at Cheltenham in 1974 when it was won by a horse called Storm Duke trained by Bart Cummings and ridden by Bill Sharp. It was held at that track and distance until 2008, apart from 1982 when it was held over 1000m at Victoria Park. In 2009 it was moved to the current distance and track of 1050m at Morphettville. It has previously been known as the Dermody Stakes and was a Group 3 race that was downgraded to its current Listed status in 2006.

Useful Facts

Last filly to win: Parlophone (2020)

Fastest time (1050m): Nature Strip (2018) 1:00:68

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the SAJC Lightning Stakes

Winners of past SAJC Lightning Stakes include horses that go on to win major spring races.

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Parlophone Streetcar Stranger Just Zerene
2019 Assertive Approach Behemoth Excess Funds
2018 Nature Strip Sunlight Fancy Rumble
2017 Bandipur Arkham Knight Mystified
2016 Viddora Ocean Embers Showpero
2015 Wild Rain Cashed Trupt
2014 Buddy Bundy Herenoa Pistolier
2013 Prettyhappyaboutit Thermal Current Heart Of A Lion
2012 Avoid Lightning Vatican Le Societe
2011 Kulgrinda Amy’s Glen Obsidian Dragon
2010 Streetcar Magic General Truce Obsidian Dragon
2009 Augusta Proud Cerberus Gal Orbiting Belle
2008 Morgan Dollar Distinctive Lass Gold Chant
2007 Lisson Grove Diplomatic Force Zupaone
2006 Reshuffles Aadelaidee Follow The Till
2005 Emlozza Dinkum Star Seidnazar
2004 Our Quivira Barabba Road Grace And Power
2003 Dantana Maybe McLaren Keetah’s Lady
2002 Innovation Girl Dual Spark Presumed Innocent
2001 Raja Lane Obadele Star Hit
2000 Vargna Stand By Me Freedom Funds