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.

2017 Let's Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sword Of Light
  • 2nd: #11 Swampland
  • 3rd: #16 Lovani

Let’s Elope Stakes News

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It is a big afternoon of racing at Flemington on 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes Day today and we will be covering the results as they happen at Races.com.au. All but one of the races on Makybe Diva Stakes Day will be contested at black type level and some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting horses…

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) back at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The latest edition of the 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on September 16, 2017.

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: September 16, 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sword Of Light
  • 2nd: #11 Swampland
  • 3rd: #16 Lovani

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, the race won in an upset by $18 local shot Sword Of Light who improved on a Cockram Stakes fifth to narrowly defeat Swampland by a quarter-length. More value was added to the winning Let’s Elope Stakes trifecta in 2017 by the third-placed Robert Smerdon-trained roughie Lovani ($41). Race favourite, I Am A Star ($3.70), struggled under the 59kg top weight crossing third in a mid-field seventh.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 12 56kg $18
2 11 SWAMPLAND (NZ) Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 0.4L 4 55kg $5.50
3 16 LOVANI Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 1.15L 6 55kg $41
4 14 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 1.55L 13 55kg $81
5 12 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Daniel Stackhouse 2.55L 9 55kg $41
6 10 SCHISM Ciaron Maher Beau Mertens (a) 2.85L 1 55kg $9.50
7 1 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 3.05L 5 59kg $3.70F
8 5 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3.15L 2 57kg $14
9 2 SERENELY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 3.25L 8 58kg $31
10 8 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 3.35L 14 56kg $31
11 15 LET HER RIP (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Dwayne Dunn 3.85L 16 55kg $41
11 6 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 3.85L 7 56kg $26
13 13 HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 4.6L 10 55kg $26
14 17e WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell Ben Melham 4.8L 3 55kg $15
15 3 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 5L 15 57kg $5.50
16 9 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5.3L 11 55kg $101
18e PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Ben Melham 0
4 ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Luke Currie 0

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 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.

2017 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 2017 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

The 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Final Field attracted a capacity line-up of 16 confirmed starters plus two emergencies. Carrying 59kg topweight is reigning Myer Classic winner I Am A Star, while Flying Jess comes off a good second in the Cockram Stakes first-up.

# Form (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 Brad Rawiller 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 Ryan Maloney 7 55kg 72
17e 11x350x173 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell TBA 3 55kg 86
18e 25x34067x7 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Ben Melham 17 55kg 82

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x271183x47 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 1 59kg 107
2 x4x101x438 SERENELY DISCREET M 4 Phillip Stokes 2 58kg 79
3 9x23815x81 OREGON’S DAY M 4 Mick Price 3 57kg 90
4 172233183x ANA ROYALE M 4 Stuart Webb 4 57kg 91
5 1113x256x6 JENNIFER LYNN M 4 Darren Weir 5 57kg 77
6 60471x67x2 FLYING JESS M 4 John Moloney 6 56kg 93
7 5x342117x5 SWORD OF LIGHT M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 7 56kg 84
8 849x30411x EXOCET M 4 Anthony Freedman 8 56kg 85
9 213x3116x CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 9 56kg 94
10 395x5134x6 MERRIEST M 4 Danny O’Brien 10 55.5kg 80
11 97010x90x5 MINNIE DOWNS M 9 Luke Oliver 11 55kg 84
12 11x1380x00 RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 55kg 94
13 1226411194 SCHISM M 5 Ciaron Maher 13 55kg 95
14 5×43261112 SWAMPLAND (NZ) M 4 Henry Dwyer 14 55kg 82
15 3x75430x46 TAHANEE (ARG) M 5 Darren Weir 15 55kg 83
16 6x577683x5 SMART AS YOU THINK M 4 John McArdle 16 55kg 80
17 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 55kg 92
18 x641037444 GIVE US A GO M 6 Craig Anderson 18 55kg 78
19 x21331551x LET HER RIP (NZ) M 5 Shaune Ritchie 19 55kg 88
20 115×402110 LOVANI M 4 Robert Smerdon 20 55kg 72
21 11x350x173 WRITTEN ERA M 6 Aaron Purcell 21 55kg 86
22 1x6371728x QUILATE M 5 Michael Kent 22 55kg 71
23 25x34067x7 PURE PRIDE (NZ) M 5 Murray Johnson 23 55kg 82

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
2018
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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