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The 2017 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.

2017 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 x271183x47 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 5 59kg 107
2 x4x101x438 SERENELY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 9 58kg 79
3 9x23815x81 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 16 57kg 90
4 172233183x ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Luke Currie 6 57kg 91
5 1113x256x6 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir 2 57kg 77
6 60471x67x2 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 8 56kg 93
7 5x342117x5 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 13 56kg 84
8 849x30411x EXOCET Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 15 56kg 85
9 11x1380x00 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 12 55kg 94
10 1226411194 SCHISM Ciaron Maher Beau Mertens (a) 1 55kg 95
11 5×43261112 SWAMPLAND (NZ) Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 4 55kg 82
12 6x577683x5 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Daniel Stackhouse 10 55kg 80
13 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 11 55kg 92
14 x641037444 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 14 55kg 78
15 x21331551x LET HER RIP (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Dwayne Dunn 18 55kg 88
16 115×402110 LOVANI Robert Smerdon 7 55kg 72
17e 11x350x173 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell 3 55kg 86
18e 25x34067x7 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Ben Melham 17 55kg 82

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations will be made public on Monday, September 11th. The 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations will be provided below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 172233183x ANA ROYALE M 4 Stuart Webb 91
2 213x3116x CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 94
3 849x30411x EXOCET M 4 Anthony Freedman 85
4 60471x67x2 FLYING JESS M 4 John Moloney 93
5 x641037444 GIVE US A GO M 6 Craig Anderson 78
6 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
7 x271183x47 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 107
8 1113x256x6 JENNIFER LYNN M 4 Darren Weir 77
9 x21331551x LET HER RIP (NZ) M 5 Shaune Ritchie 88
10 115×402110 LOVANI M 4 Robert Smerdon 72
11 395x5134x6 MERRIEST M 4 Danny O’Brien 80
12 97010x90x5 MINNIE DOWNS M 9 Luke Oliver 84
13 9x23815x81 OREGON’S DAY M 4 Mick Price 90
14 25x34067x7 PURE PRIDE (NZ) M 5 Murray Johnson 82
15 1x6371728x QUILATE M 5 Michael Kent 71
16 11x1380x00 RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
17 1226411194 SCHISM M 5 Ciaron Maher 95
18 x4x101x438 SERENELY DISCREET M 4 Phillip Stokes 79
19 6x577683x5 SMART AS YOU THINK M 4 John McArdle 80
20 5×43261112 SWAMPLAND (NZ) M 4 Henry Dwyer 82
21 5x342117x5 SWORD OF LIGHT M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 84
22 3x75430x46 TAHANEE (ARG) M 5 Darren Weir 83
23 11x350x173 WRITTEN ERA M 6 Aaron Purcell 86

Let’s Elope Stakes Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Let’s Elope Stakes since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Sword of Light 2 Swampland 3 Lovani 1:23.5
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

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