Cosmic Endeavour Tops 2015 Let’s Elope Stakes Field

Dual Group 1 winner Cosmic Endeavour is the headline final acceptor for this weekend’s Let’s Elope Stakes 2015 field at Flemington Racecourse on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.

Cosmic Endeavour

Two-time Group 1 winning mare Cosmic Endeavour runs second-up in the 2015 Let’s Elope Stakes in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Northern Meteor five-year-old is one of a capacity field of mares in the 16-starter, two-emergency field for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) that runs as Flemington Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEST) on Saturday.

Drawn well in barrier five with Kerrin McEvoy booked for the ride, Cosmic Endeavour is after her first win since the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in Sydney in early March and is out to improve on a first-up seventh when beaten only one and a half lengths in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) on August 29 at Caulfield.

Cockram Stakes winner Madam Gangster is also backing up in the Let’s Elope Stakes on the weekend, the Lee & Shannon hope-trained Al Maher mare having won five of her past six starts including two Group 3s in Melbourne.

She overcame barrier 14 of 15 to take out the Cockram with Blake Shinn aboard last start and this weekend gets a better gate in six with Mark Zahra taking over for the ride.

Shinn meanwhile will ride stablemate Platinum Rocker who is another of the three Team Hope-trained runners in the mix.

Drawn one wider than Madam Gangster in barrier seven, eight-year-old Love A Dane mare Platinum Rocker has run second in her past two runs and is out to go one better in the Let’s Elope.

The former Western Australian-trained veteran was second to Group 1 winner Smokin’ Joey in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) on July 25 before being beaten under a length by Setinum in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in mid-August.

The third runner for the Hopes on Saturday is Fenway, the High Chaparral four-year-old drawn nicely in barrier two with Glyn Schofield to ride.

Winner of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in late March, Fenway was last seen crossing second in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide at the start of May and has won one of her two previous first-up runs.

A host of her rivals boast the fitness edge on the weekend though with nice lead-up form including the Darren Weir-trained Cockram Stakes fourth placegetter May’s Dream and Hazard who has the outside alley to overcome as she backs up from a third in the same race.

Along with the Cockram Stakes winner Madam Gangster there are four other last start winners in the mix including the Chris Waller-trained Amicus who took out the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) in Sydney and Niminypiminy who won over 1400m at Flemington five weeks back.

Other notable Let’s Elope Stakes runners include the Team Hawkes-trained grey Maastricht who was fourth to Amicus in the Toy Show on August 22 and Shamardal four-year-old Vezalay who was third in the Cockram Stakes on the back of a Caulfield win in non-black type company.

See below for the full Let’s Elope Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights plus penalties.

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2015 Let’s Elope Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 8 (4:45pm) – 12/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x421005x7 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 111
2 1x7348x0x4 MAY’S DREAM Darren Weir John Allen 8 58kg 101
3 0x171117x2 HAZARD Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 18 58kg 101
4 6434×14291 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien Opie Bosson 3 58kg 92
5 21x94460x1 AMICUS Chris Waller Craig Newitt 13 58kg 102
6 x1324x113x NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 1 58kg 105
7 143x4412x FENWAY Lee & Shannon Hope Glyn Schofield 2 58kg 102
8 x2111x14x1 MADAM GANGSTER Lee & Shannon Hope Mark Zahra 6 58kg 100
9 50x5306x22 PLATINUM ROCKER Lee & Shannon Hope Blake Shinn 7 56kg 98
10 6x811621x0 LOVED UP Brett Cavanough Luke Currie 16 56kg 87
11 213x178x31 TAWTEEN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 9 55.5kg 90
12 21x57540x4 PRECIOUS GEM Gwenda Johnstone Chris Parnham 11 55kg 86
13 80x888332x LADY CUMQUAT Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 17 55kg 87
14 2x453339x4 MAASTRICHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 14 55kg 78
15 1x2538x13 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Oliver 4 55kg 88
16 40×8232521 NIMINYPIMINY Russell Cameron Damian Lane 12 55kg 74
17e 1122×2 SARDAAJ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 15 55kg 82
18e 10×062831 AMARELA (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Michael Walker 10 55kg 68

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