13 LIGHTNING LEGACY He was narrowly beaten in The Hong Kong Classic Cup HKG1 (1800m) and was sent out favourite for the Derby (2000m), disappointingly finishing down the track. David believed there was more in him than met the eye, feet issues being one of the master trainer’s concerns. In 2018, he roared down the Flemington straight and not only redeemed his reputation, but also established himself as a world-class sprinter. He became the first horse to win a Newmarket Handicap fresh from a spell since Polycrates did it in 1917, some hundred years earlier. The Black Caviar Lightning remains in the upper echelon of horse races in the country and the world. The 2022 edition was rated the best sprint race in the world at the Longines World Racing Awards, and 2023’s race ranked as the second-best sprint race in the world behind the Group 1 Yulong Newmarket Handicap (1200m). Not one year in this race’s decorated history can we see a drop off in class or a victory by an ordinary horse. David Hayes sums up the great race below.... FAMILY AFFAIR: (L-R) JD, Ben, Will And David Hayes continue the Lindsay Park legacy in Australia and Hong Kong. (Justin McManus/Fairfax) It’s the first glimpse of our very best sprinters and sometimes champion middle-distance racehorses getting ready for richer events. It’s run on a straight track over 1000 metres where rarely an excuse can be found. At the end of the day another outstanding sprinter will make its way into history. ” “