The 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne each September during the Spring Racing Carnival. It’s a mares only race which is contested over a 1400m journey with $200,000 in prize money to greet the winners at the end.
The race is named after Let’s Elope, a former champion mare in her own right. Up until 1994 it was a Listed race known as the Milady Stakes and in 2005 it was granted Group 3 status. The Group 2 rating wasn’t achieved until 2009 when prize money was lifted to the current level.
The Let’s Elope Stakes is run under set-weight with the more proven race horses usually succeeding in the event.
Runners can come to the race from a few lead up events with the main one being the Group 3 Cockram Stakes held three weeks earlier at Caulfield Racecourse. Well performing mares have the option of moving from this event to another Group rated race, the Group 3 How Now Stakes on Underwood Stakes Day also at Flemington.
2009 champion Cats Whisker completed the Cockram Stakes, Let’s Elope Stakes double before running second in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley and then returning to Flemington to win the Group 2 Blazer Stakes on Turnbull Stakes Day.
Some of the best winners of the Let’s Elope Stakes include 1992 winner Mannerism, 2003 winner Ain’t Seen Nothin and 2010 winner No Evidence Needed.
2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Field
The Let’s Elope Stakes field usually attracts a range of horses from different racing backgrounds. The Let’s Elope Stakes field races over 1400m, making it an ideal event for horses stepping up and stepping down in distance. As the event is open only to mares, you tend to get a range of horses from interstate and very occasionally from overseas.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7113x1470x||BADAWIYA||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||8||59kg||96|
|2||613x1210x5||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||Tony McEvoy||Dwayne Dunn||1||58kg||91|
|3||7x311034x1||CATCH A FIRE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||3||58kg||88|
|4||1353x110x2||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Ryan Maloney||9||57kg||85|
|5||0x151123x2||C’EST BEAU LA VIE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Luke Nolen||15||55.5kg||85|
|6||84537635×0||JESSY BELLE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||4||55kg||92|
|7||7111120×00||ALL CERISE||Chris Waller||Daniel Stackhouse||18||55kg||90|
|8||x43242372x||METAPHORICAL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Currie||11||55kg||93|
|9||28x13838x8||CHOOSE||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben E Thompson (a)||2||55kg||91|
|10||0x047x8822||MY SISTER LIL||John Price||Craig Williams||12||55kg||83|
|11||483141282x||MANAGERESS||Cindy Alderson||Chris Parnham||7||55kg||93|
|12||x444212213||TELOPEA (GB)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||19||55kg||90|
|13||7x1117x577||MISS SOFTHANDS||Colin Little||Steven King||17||55kg||82|
|14||1x56324x75||ROCKOLICIOUS||Darren Weir||Michael Dee (a)||16||55kg||85|
|15||x1111220x6||FRENCH EMOTION||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||6||55kg||85|
|16||7×08424762||NIMINYPIMINY||Russell Cameron||Dom Tourneur||14||55kg||75|
|17e||1x63464x26||CANA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||5||55kg||73|
|18e||x3131203x9||EGYPT||Mark Kavanagh||Craig Williams||10||55kg||75|
|19e||x83334x912||CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL||Melissa Wells||–||13||55kg||70|
2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations will be made public on Monday, September 7th. The 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations will be provided below.
Let’s Elope Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Let’s Elope Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2016||1 Don’t Doubt Mamma||2 Thames Court||3 Manageress||1:24.5|
|2015||1 Amicus||2 Precious Gem||3 May’s Dream||1:23.0|
|2014||1 Commanding Jewel||2 Dear Demi||3 Nautical||1:23.6|
|2013||1 Commanding Jewel||2 Catkins||3 A Time For Julia||1:23.1|
|2012||1 Zurella||2 Hi Belle||3 Total Attraction||1:23.4|
|2011||1 Pinker Pinker||2 Mid Summer Music||3 Parables||1:23.8|
|2010||1 No Evidence Needed||2 Response||3 Live In Sin||1:26.8|
|2009||1 Cats Whisker||2 Romneya||3 Symphony Miss||1:25.0|
|2008||1 Mimi Lebrock||2 Bellini Rose||3 Devil Moon||1:28.2|
|2007||1 Devil Moon||2 Eskimo Queen||3 Bellini Rose||1:23.4|
|2006||1 Rewaaya||2 Be Delicious||3 Celtic Bloom||1:24.2|
|2005||1 Dea||2 Timbourina||3 Catscan||1:23.3|
|2004||1 Beautiful Gem||2 Galvanized||3 Demerger||1:24.4|
|2003||1 Ain’t Seen Nothin||2 Classic Patches||3 Reactive||1:24.4|
|2002||1 Purple Groove||2 Tickle My||3 Crimson Gem||1:24.9|
|2001||1 Flushed||2 Miss Power Bird||3 Lolita Star||1:24.5|
|2000||1 Tickle My||2 Love’s Choice||3 Monterosso||1:28.4|