The Black Caviar Lightning 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. It was changed from the Lightning Stakes in 2012, to honour sprinting superstar Black Caviar, who won the race in 2011 and 2012. Prizemoney is A$500,000. The Lightning Stakes forms the first leg of the three leg Autumn sprint series over the Melbourne carnival. It precedes 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 over 1200m at weight-for-age in March.
- 1955 – 1972 held over 5 furlongs
- 1973 onwards held over 1000 metres
- 1955 – 1979 was a Principal race
- 1980 – 1986 was a Group 2 race
- 1987 onwards was a Group 1 race
Australian Studbook – VRC Lightning Stakes Race Winners