Saturday’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) has attracted a total of 16 entries with some quality sprinters set to scorch the Flemington turf.
Three-time Group 1 winner Flamberge is the highest rated sprinter (112) among nominations, and he’ll appreciate getting back to weight-for-age conditions after carrying 62.5kg when beaten 1.25 lengths in the Kensington Stakes (1000m) last start.
Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback and Coolmore Stud Stakes victor Flying Artie are rated next best on 110, just ahead of Fell Swoop on 109.
David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig are the only trainers with multiple entries for the $750,000 feature, with Faatinah, Miss Promiscuity and Sheidel being nominated.
As well as Flying Artie, the current crop of three-year-olds are also represented by Missrock and Star Turn.
Terravista is also nominated and will be looking to go one better this year after finishing runner-up to Chautauqua in 2016.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning nominations:
1. COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller
2. FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
3. FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale
4. FLAMBERGE Darren Weir
5. FLYING ARTIE Mick Price
6. HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
7. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis
8. MISS PROMISCUITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9. MISSROCK Robbie Laing
10. ORUJO Shawn Mathrick
11. SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12. SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys
13. STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
14. SUPIDO Michael Kent
15. TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride
16. THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths