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.

2019 Let's Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Spanish Whisper
  • 2nd: #8 Miss Siska
  • 3rd: #9 Fidelia



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 double in the same season however since Rose Of Portland (1996).

The latest edition of the 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on Saturday September 14, 2019 and was won by Spanish Whisper. 

2019 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: Saturday September 14, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Spanish Whisper
  • 2nd: #8 Miss Siska
  • 3rd: #9 Fidelia

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order immediately following the conclusion of the race.

The 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes winner by a half-length was the Lindsay Park-trained Spanish Whisper who improved on a lead-up second in the Cockram Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4 58kg $6.50
2 8 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Brett Prebble 0.5L 6 55kg $13
3 9 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 0.6L 5 55kg $3.60F
4 10 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Dean Yendall 1.1L 8 55kg $10
5 7 MY PENDANT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.3L 10 55kg $7
6 6 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 2.55L 7 55kg $3.80
7 1 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 2.65L 2 59kg $14
8 12 CAMELLE (NZ) Pat Carey Beau Mertens 3.4L 3 55kg $151
9 5 ALOISIA (NZ) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 4.4L 9 55kg $21
10 4 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Ben Allen 6.15L 1 57kg $31
11 11 BELLARIA (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Jamie Mott 6.9L 11 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $71
13 ZOUBO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 0
3 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes John Allen 0

2019 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

The 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes Field is down to 12 after the early withdrawal of #3 Music Bay (8). It shapes up as an open race with Fidelia leading betting to return to her previous winning form after a first-up fifth in the Cockram Stakes. My Pendant out wide in barrier 12 (into 11) still presents as the danger chasing a third win on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21x71116x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 2 59kg 98
2 200x2196x2 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4 58kg 95
3 99x22141x3 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes John Allen 8 58kg 92
4 8x441257x0 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Ben Allen 1 57kg 102
5 002x7509x9 ALOISIA (NZ) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 10 55kg 99
6 x432200x39 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 7 55kg 102
7 221118×211 MY PENDANT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 12 55kg 90
8 10532x147x MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Brett Prebble 6 55kg 96
9 50x41111x5 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 5 55kg 85
10 x217148712 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Dean Yendall 9 55kg 90
11 2510x38x26 BELLARIA (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Jamie Mott 13 55kg 84
12 9457711482 CAMELLE (NZ) Pat Carey Beau Mertens 3 55kg 72
13 11x839x2 ZOUBO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 11 55kg 72

2019 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2019 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

The official 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations attracted 15 class mares including the Robbie Griffiths-trained Flemington specialist Fidelia who is undefeated at the track, Lindsay Park’s Randwick Guineas runner-up from the autumn Fundamentlist coming back in grade, and in-form Pins four-year-old My Pendant chasing a third win on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 002x7509x9 ALOISIA (NZ) M 5 Anthony Freedman 99
2 x217148712 AMBERDI M 5 Sue Jaensch 90
3 2510x38x26 BELLARIA (NZ) M 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 84
4 9457711482 CAMELLE (NZ) M 4 Pat Carey 72
5 50x41111x5 FIDELIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 85
6 x432200x39 FUNDAMENTALIST M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
7 10532x147x MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 96
8 99x22141x3 MUSIC BAY M 4 Phillip Stokes 92
9 221118×211 MY PENDANT (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 90
10 21x71116x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 4 David Brideoake 98
11 x4857x622x SNOGGING M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
12 8x441257x0 SPANISH REEF M 6 Ken Keys 102
13 200x2196x2 SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
14 1x1115x513 SYLVIA’S MOTHER M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 89
15 11x839x2 ZOUBO M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 72

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
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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