How Now Stakes

The 2017 How Now Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse on Naturalism Stakes Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is known as the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes.

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2017 Naturalism Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report

2017 Naturalism Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report

A key early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up meeting takes place at Caulfield Racecourse today and below are the complete Naturalism Stakes Day 2017 scratchings and track report. There are scattered thunderstorms predicted in Melbourne this afternoon, with a 38% chance of rain from around 1pm – 3pm meaning there could be a downgrade to…

The How Now Stakes – known as the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes – is a Group 3 sprint race run at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse during mid to late-September each year. The How Now Stakes forms an integral part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is open only to mares aged four-years-old and over.

The How Now Stakes shares the race card with the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), which offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winning stayer.

Raced over 1200, the How Now Stakes is held under set weights with penalties conditions and offers $150,000 in total prize money.

One of the better recognised lead-up races to the How Now Stakes is the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) in August, run over 1200m. Savanna Amour (2017) was the last mare to complete the Cockram Stakes – How Now Stakes double. The Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) under the same conditions is also a good indicator of mares likely to remain in Melbourne to contest the How Now Stakes.

The 2017 How Now Stakes ran on Saturday September 23, 2017 and was known as the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes.

How Now Stakes
Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares SWP
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Savanna Amour
  • 2nd: #4 Legless Veuve
  • 3rd: #6 Ravi

Check out the official How Now Stakes 2017 Results below, the race won narrowly in an upset by $15 outsider Savanna Amour who came off a lead-up win in the Cockram Stakes and held off Legless Veuve ($16) for the win, while the favourite Ravi ($2.90) was far from disgraced just a quarter-length off the winner in a blanket finish.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 SAVANNA AMOUR Chris Meagher Brad Rawiller 11 58kg $15
2 4 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Luke Currie 0.2L 3 58kg $16
3 6 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 0.3L 4 57kg $2.90F
4 7 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 0.5L 12 56kg $4.60
5 1 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 0.6L 1 58kg $11
6 12 NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 0.9L 2 55kg $21
7 9 ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1.65L 10 56kg $21
8 5 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 2.65L 5 57kg $10
9 14 DEJA BLUE Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 2.75L 7 55kg $61
10 10 I AM ZELADY Phillip Stokes Noel Callow 4.5L 6 55kg $19
11 13 SELITA Mark Newnham Luke Nolen 5.5L 9 55kg $81
12 11 MISS COVER GIRL Darren Weir Damian Lane 9L 13 55kg $20
13 2 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 10.75L 8 58kg $61
16 MODERN WONDER Leon & Troy Corstens Michael Walker 0
17e SAVAJU (NZ) Shaun Dwyer Ms Nikita Beriman 0
8 MISS GUNPOWDER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 0
15 MOONLITES CHOICE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 0

2017 How Now Stakes Odds

The spring’s top How Now Stakes 2017 betting odds and Group 3 Caulfield racing links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week leading up to Naturalism Stakes Day.

2017 How Now Stakes Field

The How Now Stakes field attracts a line-up of quality mares each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, many coming off a lead-up run at the same track / distance in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) a fortnight earlier.

Many mares often kick-off their spring campaigns in the How Now Stakes field first-up following autumn – winter preparations that may have included runs in tougher races including Brisbane’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1350m).

The official 2017 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2017 Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes Field has drawn a capacity line-up of 16 confirmed starters plus an emergency runner for the race registered as the How Now Stakes. Among the top contenders for the win are Missrock with work to do from a wide barrier, Ravi and the returning Miss Gunpowder.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21x242212x PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 58kg 101
2 431311214x KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 10 58kg 93
3 17731x1x71 SAVANNA AMOUR Chris Meagher Brad Rawiller 14 58kg 99
4 110x15028x LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Luke Currie 4 58kg 92
5 11410x21x7 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 6 57kg 95
6 2451x493x1 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 5 57kg 102
7 5x19242x14 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 15 56kg 107
8 430x10210x MISS GUNPOWDER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 11 56kg 95
9 1122x2220x ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 13 56kg 82
10 70x2766x74 I AM ZELADY Phillip Stokes Noel Callow 7 55kg 90
11 300x3097x0 MISS COVER GIRL Darren Weir Damian Lane 16 55kg 99
12 134x48x04x NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 2 55kg 95
13 4x26x52x35 SELITA Mark Newnham Luke Nolen 12 55kg 81
14 101715763x DEJA BLUE Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 8 55kg 83
15 6x4651512x MOONLITES CHOICE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 3 55kg 78
16 23x2908x42 MODERN WONDER Leon & Troy Corstens Michael Walker 17 55kg 73
17e 7x1702134x SAVAJU (NZ) Shaun Dwyer Ms Nikita Beriman 9 55kg 71

2017 How Now Stakes Nominations

The 2017 How Now Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday September 18 and feature a bumper 29 mares including the returning Gai Waterhouse-trained Tattersall’s Tiara runner-up Prompt Response, Darren Weir’s Queensland Oaks fourth placegetter Kenedna and Team Snowden’s last start Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) winner Ravi.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21x242212x PROMPT RESPONSE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 58kg 101
2 431311214x KENEDNA M 4 Darren Weir 2 58kg 93
3 17731x1x71 SAVANNA AMOUR M 4 Chris Meagher 3 58kg 99
4 110x15028x LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) M 4 Stuart Webb 4 58kg 92
5 11410x21x7 FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 57kg 95
6 2451x493x1 RAVI M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 57kg 102
7 74x563530x SELENIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 7 57kg 76
8 5x19242x14 MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 8 56kg 107
9 430x10210x MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 56kg 95
10 1122x2220x ELLICAZOOM M 4 Neville Parnham 10 56kg 82
11 395x5134x6 MERRIEST M 4 Danny O’Brien 11 56kg 80
12 138x12121x SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer 12 56kg 90
13 70x2766x74 I AM ZELADY M 6 Phillip Stokes 13 55kg 90
14 300x3097x0 MISS COVER GIRL M 6 Darren Weir 14 55kg 99
15 134x48x04x NOW OR LATER (IRE) M 5 Robert Smerdon 15 55kg 95
16 7xL3711236 DULVERTON M 5 Robert Smerdon 16 55kg 83
17 580x7334x7 JALAN JALAN M 5 Colin Little 17 55kg 77
18 4x26x52x35 SELITA M 6 Mark Newnham 18 55kg 81
19 101715763x DEJA BLUE M 5 Robbie Griffiths 19 55kg 83
20 1x165512x1 FRAGONARD M 4 James Cummings 20 55kg 80
21 6x4651512x MOONLITES CHOICE M 4 Darren Weir 21 55kg 78
22 0x08x340x8 ALMIGHTY GIRL M 5 Joseph Pride 22 55kg 84
23 23x2908x42 MODERN WONDER M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 23 55kg 73
24 15×4021103 LOVANI M 4 Robert Smerdon 24 55kg 78
25 2110x9036x LEOTIE M 4 Henry Dwyer 25 55kg 73
26 043135215x STORMSABREWING (NZ) M 5 Henry Dwyer 26 55kg 74
27 10813×2851 ADALITA M 5 Grahame Begg 27 55kg 72
28 1129x4x23x LOVE DAYS M 5 Clinton McDonald 28 55kg 68
29 7x1702134x SAVAJU (NZ) M 4 Shaun Dwyer 29 55kg 71

How Now Stakes History

The How Now Stakes was inaugurated in 1999, with Snippet’s Lass taking out the race that year. While the How Now Stakes doesn’t hold the long and storied history of other Caulfield events, it still stands up on its own as a respectable and worthy event.

In 2005 there was a dead heat between Sarah Michelle and Brindabella. In the same year, the How Now Stakes was upgraded from a listed race to a Group 3 event, a status it has retained since.

The How Now Stakes has been known by a variety of names throughout its short history. These include the Cranbourne Diahatsu Stakes, Dubai Convention Bureau Stakes, Dubai International Stakes and Emirates Racing Association Stakes. In 2006, the How Now Stakes returned to its correct name. Then in 2013, the race became known as the Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2, a name that it continued to hold throughout 2014.

Notable How Now Stakes winners include Piavonic (2000), Valentine Miss (2010), Catkins (2013) and Secret Agenda (2016) who went on to win the following year’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide. How Now Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

How Now Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
How Now Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
How Now Stakes
1st Savanna Amour 1 minute 9.42 seconds
2nd Legless Veuve
3rd Ravi
2016
How Now Stakes
1st Secret Agenda 1 minute 12.2 seconds
2nd Every Faith
3rd Exclusive Lass
2015
How Now Stakes
1st Politeness 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Griante
3rd Jessy Belle
2014
How Now Stakes
1st Girl Guide 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd A Time For Julia
3rd Shamal Wind
2013
How Now Stakes
1st Catkins 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Hi Belle
3rd Flash Of Doubt
2012
How Now Stakes
1st Detours 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Classy Chloe
3rd Mrs Onassis
2011
How Now Stakes
1st Sister Madly 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Valentine Miss
3rd Lone Rock
2010
How Now Stakes
1st Valentine Miss 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd I’m A Hussy
3rd Red Flair
2009
How Now Stakes
1st Velocitea 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Neroli
3rd Dollops
2008
How Now Stakes
1st Vivacious Spirit 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Benatar
3rd Vormista
2007
How Now Stakes
1st Miss Judgement 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Juste Momente
3rd Flying Object
2006
How Now Stakes
1st Queen Of The Hill 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Megadeal
3rd Nuclear Free
2005
How Now Stakes
=1st Sarah Michelle 1 minute 13.9 seconds
=1st Brindabella
3rd Little Chloe
2004
How Now Stakes
1st Strikeline 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Solar Antiquity
3rd Skewiff
2003
How Now Stakes
1st Lovely Jubly 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Infinite Grace
3rd Astaroth
2002
How Now Stakes
1st Taimana 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Calming
3rd Galapagos Girl
2001
How Now Stakes
1st Miss Power Bird 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Purple Groove
3rd Dynamic Love
2000
How Now Stakes
1st Piavonic 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nova Clause
3rd Clemens Belle