2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations Released

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.

Thames Court

Thames Court is one of the key 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations for this Saturday at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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.

Check out the full Let’s Elope Stakes 2016 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to open a new account quoting the code BETBONUS when you first deposit for up to $500 in bonus bets (excluding NSW / T&Cs apply).

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
2 7113x1470x BADAWIYA M 4 Mick Price 96
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
9 x3131203x9 EGYPT M 4 Mark Kavanagh 75
10 x1111220x6 FRENCH EMOTION M 5 Chris Waller 85
11 84537635×0 JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
12 483141282x MANAGERESS M 5 Cindy Alderson 93
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
16 7×08424762 NIMINYPIMINY M 6 Russell Cameron 75
17 1x56324x75 ROCKOLICIOUS M 5 Darren Weir 85
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


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