A bumper line-up of older mares are nominated for a run in the Let’s Elope Stakes 2016 at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse this Saturday on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.
This year’s $200,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) has attracted 21 early entries including the in-form David Brideoake-trained Thames Court.
Thames Court also holds a nomination for Saturday’s $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400) at Flemington as well as the $125,000 Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) in Sydney.
A four-year-old daughter of Commands, she was last seen running a close second first-up to Ocean Embers in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 27.
Her latest win was from late March at Moonee Valley in the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) and if she runs in the Let’s Elope she will see Flemington for just the second time after her fifth to Badawiya in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) in October last year.
The Mick Price-trained Edward Manifold winner from last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Badawiya also features in the Let’s Elope Stakes for Saturday.
She backed up from her Group 2 win to finish a brave third to Stay With Me in Caulfield’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) before winning the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) over the Let’s Elope Stakes track and distance in the autumn.
Badawiya’s latest run was in Adelaide on May 7 when unplaced crossing only 4.4 lengths away 11th to Precious Gem in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), a run she can improve on first-up back in Melbourne.
Last year’s Let’s Elope Stakes winner was the Chris Waller-trained Amicus (2015), since retired, and Sydney’s ace trainer is back with two nominees this season.
He could vie for back-to-back victories in the set weights plus penalties clash with six-year-old All Cerise who hasn’t run in the money since a second to Heavens Above in Randwick’s Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) in early March and or French Emotion.
A five-year-old daughter of Snitzel, French Emotion comes off a last start sixth to Catch A Fire over 1200m at Moonee Valley beaten only 1.5 lengths on August 20.
Winner of that mares-only Benchmark 90, the Lindsay Park-trained Catch A Fire is also a Let’s Elope Stakes nominee for Saturday.
The four-year-old daughter of Sebring is also a Group 2 winner in Melbourne having taken out February’s Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) by a tidy 2.25 lengths.
Lindsay Park have also nominated for Group 1 performed Jessy Belle and the returning Metaphorical.
Other notable entries include Schweppes Oaks third placegetter C’est Beau La Vie, the Tony McEvoy-trained distance specialist Don’t Doubt Mamma (4-3-1-0) who won the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) here in February and Manageress who hasn’t raced since her second to Lucia Valentina in last November’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
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2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 10/09/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||7111120×00||ALL CERISE||M||6||Chris Waller||90|
|3||1x63464x26||CANA||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||73|
|4||7x311034x1||CATCH A FIRE||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||88|
|5||0x151123x2||C’EST BEAU LA VIE||M||4||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||85|
|6||x83334x912||CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL||M||5||Melissa Wells||70|
|7||28x13838x8||CHOOSE||M||6||Lee & Shannon Hope||91|
|8||613x1210x5||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||M||4||Tony McEvoy||91|
|10||x1111220x6||FRENCH EMOTION||M||5||Chris Waller||85|
|11||84537635×0||JESSY BELLE||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||92|
|13||x43242372x||METAPHORICAL||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||93|
|14||7x1117x577||MISS SOFTHANDS||M||7||Colin Little||82|
|15||0x047x8822||MY SISTER LIL||M||6||John Price||83|
|18||675462102x||ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ)||M||7||Lee & Shannon Hope||88|
|19||4270695436||TAKEOVER (NZ)||M||9||Don Dwyer||67|
|20||x444212213||TELOPEA (GB)||M||6||Darren Weir||90|
|21||1353x110x2||THAMES COURT||M||4||David Brideoake||84|