Let’s Elope Stakes

The Let's Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares held at Flemington Racecourse in September as part of Makybe Diva Stakes Day.

2020 Let's Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Pretty Brazen
  • 2nd: #1 Arcadia Queen
  • 3rd: #7 Bonvicini



Held during the early stages of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes is named in honour of racing champion and 1991 Melbourne Cup winner Let’s Elope.

The 1400m race takes place at Flemington Racecourse in early – mid September on Makybe Diva Stakes Day and is worth $200,000 in prize money. Many of the Let’s Elope Stakes runners will come via the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) held earlier at Caulfield and could continue onto the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) – now known as the Empire Rose Stakes – back at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

No mare has completed the Let’s Elope Stakes – Myer Classic (now Empire Rose Stakes) double in the same season however since Rose Of Portland (1996).

The latest edition of the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on Saturday September 12, 2020 and was won in an upset by Pretty Brazen ($20). 

2020 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: Saturday September 12, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Pretty Brazen
  • 2nd: #1 Arcadia Queen
  • 3rd: #7 Bonvicini

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order immediately following the conclusion of the race.

The 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes results saw the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Sandown Guineas winner from last season Pretty Brazen ($20) return to her best second-up with a flashing win over star WA mare Arcadia Queen ($3.80) ahead of a potential back-up into the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke.

Click here to read more on the upset Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 win by Pretty Brazen.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 9 58kg $20
2 1 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0.2L 12 58kg $3.80
3 7 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0.95L 3 57kg $21
4 9 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Ben Melham 1.05L 1 55kg $16
5 11 SOUTHBANK Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 2.55L 5 55kg $31
6 12 LADY LOFT Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 2.75L 7 55kg $101
7 10 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Craig Williams 3.25L 2 55kg $26
8 2 SAVATIANO James Cummings Mark Zahra 3.35L 4 58kg $2.70F
9 6 SPANISH REEF Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 3.55L 11 57kg $31
10 13 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Michael Dee 4.3L 13 55kg $21
11 5 MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 6.8L 6 58kg $7
12 8 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 8.05L 10 55kg $21
13 4 SHROUDED IN MIST Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 8.35L 8 58kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 betting markets and links to the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au on the hopeful mares racing in the Group 2 Flemington race will be provided for punters below once released.

2020 Let’s Elope Stakes Field

The Let’s Elope Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of mares each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival who may have had an earlier run in the Cockram Stakes a fortnight prior, which is the traditional lead-up into the Flemington clash.

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner Savatiano and Perth Group 1 winner Arcadia Queen are the standout two mares in the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes field of 13 for this weekend.

Click here to read more on the best in the Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 betting markets.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 MAKYBE DIVA STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3111x105x5 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 12 58kg 110
2 01x12766x1 SAVATIANO James Cummings Mark Zahra 4 58kg 111
3 81151x22x7 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 9 58kg 90
4 228x10016x SHROUDED IN MIST Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 8 58kg 93
5 41x11x3 MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 6 58kg 84
6 130x53640x SPANISH REEF Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 11 57kg 101
7 17104x180x BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3 57kg 84
8 x8333835x0 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 10 55kg 91
9 00×3091533 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Ben Melham 1 55kg 86
10 7421283×45 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Craig Williams 2 55kg 83
11 x1223x670x SOUTHBANK Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 5 55kg 82
12 1x8398x532 LADY LOFT Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 7 55kg 71
13 736x3133x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Michael Dee 13 55kg 76

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

Injury-plagued Perth Group 1 winner Arcadia Queen leads the 21 mares nominated for the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes with the Grant & Alana Williams-trained star also holding an entry for the Makybe Diva Stakes on the card.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 736x3133x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER M 4 Dan O’Sullivan 76
2 3111x105x5 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
3 17104x180x BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
4 228×556150 EL QUESTRO M 7 Allison Sheehan 82
5 421x438P0x FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
6 x8333835x0 FIDELIA M 5 Robbie Griffiths
7 x17118x30x I AM ELOQUENT M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
8 1x8398x532 LADY LOFT M 6 Julius Sandhu 71
9 552x0540x0 MISSILE MANTRA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 41x11x3 MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
11 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller
12 78x13116x4 PARADEE M 4 Danny O’Brien 82
13 481x0112x1 PERFECT JEWEL M 6 Grant & Alana Williams 106
14 81151x22x7 PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 01x12766x1 SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 111
16 00×3091533 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 86
17 228x10016x SHROUDED IN MIST M 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
18 11210×1 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 76
19 x1223x670x SOUTHBANK M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 82
20 130x53640x SPANISH REEF M 7 Ken & Kasey Keys
21 7421283×45 STREET ICON M 5 Kevin Corstens 83
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Let’s Elope Stakes History

Originally a Listed race from 1987 to 2004, the Let’s Elope Stakes then elevated to Group Three status from 2005 to 2008 and in 2009 it finally reached Group Two status. Previously known as the Milady Stakes, the event’s fastest winning time was recorded in 2013 when Commanding Jewel won in a sharp 1:22.5. Commanding Jewel returned to take out the race again in 2014.

The Let’s Elope Stakes retains an important place in the Spring Racing Carnival as a reasonably accurate form indicator for punters in later Group 1 races, including in 2011 when the winner Pinker Pinker won the Cox Plate that October.

Recent Let’s Elope Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Pretty Brazen 1 minute 22.84 seconds
2nd Arcadia Queen
3rd Bonvicini
2019
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Spanish Whisper 1 minute 22.23 seconds
2nd Miss Siska
3rd Fidelia
2018
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st I Am A Star 1 minute 23.11 seconds
2nd Bella Martini
3rd Sheezdashing
2017
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Sword Of Light 1 minute 23.50 seconds
2nd Swampland
3rd Lovani
2016
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Don’t Doubt Mamma 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd Thames Court
3rd Manageress
2015
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Amicus 1 minute 23.07 seconds
2nd Precious Gem
3rd May’s Dream
2014
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Commanding Jewel 1 minute 23.61 seconds
2nd Dear Demi
3rd Nautical
2013
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Commanding Jewel 1 minute 23.08 seconds
2nd Catkins
3rd A Time For Julia
2012
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Zurella 1 minute 23.38 seconds
2nd Hi Belle
3rd Total Attraction
2011
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Pinker Pinker 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Mid Summer Music
3rd Parables
2010
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st No Evidence Needed 1 minute 26.85 seconds
2nd Response
3rd Live In Sin
2009
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Cats Whisker 1 minute 25 seconds
2nd Romneya
3rd Symphony Miss
2008
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Mimi Lebrock 1 minute 28.2 seconds
2nd Bellini Rose
3rd Devil Moon
2007
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Devil Moon 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Eskimo Queen
3rd Bellini Rose
2006
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Rewaaya 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Be Delicious
3rd Celtic Bloom
2005
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Dea 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Timbourina
3rd Catscan
2004
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Beautiful Gem 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Galvanized
3rd Demerger
2003
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Ain’t Seen Nothin 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Classic Patches
3rd Reactive
2002
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Purple Groove 1 minute 24.9 seconds
2nd Tickle My
3rd Crimson Gem
2001
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Flushed 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd Miss Power Bird
3rd Lolita Star
2000
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Tickle My 1 minute 28.4 seconds
2nd Love’s Choice
3rd Monterosso

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