How Now Stakes

The 2019 How Now Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse on Naturalism Stakes Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2019 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Manicure
  • 2nd: #6 Angelic Ruler
  • 3rd: #10 Dawn Dawn



The Ladbrokes How Now 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, along with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) that is also sponsored by leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

Raced over 1200, the How Now Stakes is held under set weights with penalties conditions and offers $160,000 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 2019 How Now Stakes ran on Saturday September 21, 2019 and was won by the Godolphin-raced Manicure first-up. 

How Now Stakes
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Manicure
  • 2nd: #6 Angelic Ruler
  • 3rd: #10 Dawn Dawn

The official Ladbrokes How Now Stakes 2019 Results saw the Royal Blue of Godolphin flash home for the win by $12 shot Manicure, the Exceed And Excel mare first-up after a third in April’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown. It was a juicy How Now Stakes trifecta with Angelic Ruler ($18) in second and $21 outsider for Team Hawkes Dawn Dawn running third in a race where things went amiss for the odds-on favourite Pippie (11th).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 MANICURE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 12 56kg $12
2 6 ANGELIC RULER Daniel & Ben Pearce Dean Yendall 1.5L 4 56kg $18
3 10 DAWN DAWN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 2.25L 3 55kg $21
4 8 BELLA MARTINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3L 5 55kg $8
5 2 DIVINE QUALITY Robbie Griffiths Beau Mertens 4.25L 10 57kg $31
6 7 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Michael Walker 4.45L 8 56kg $31
7 1 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 5.2L 9 59kg $101
8 13 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Craig Williams 6.45L 2 55kg $31
9 3 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 6.55L 11 57kg $19
10 9 GREY SHADOW Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 7.05L 7 55kg $20
11 4 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Ben Melham 7.15L 6 57kg $1.95F
12 11 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 9.9L 1 55kg $6.50
12 VICTORY KINGDOM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 0

2019 How Now Stakes Odds

The spring’s top How Now Stakes 2019 betting odds and Group 3 Caulfield racing links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week leading up to Naturalism Stakes Day.

2019 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 2019 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Ladbrokes How Now Stakes 2019 Field attracted 13 runners before the early withdrawal of #12 Victory Kingdom (6). The hot favourite in Now Now Stakes betting approaching odds-on territory is the flying Pippie chasing a third win on the trot after her last start Cockram Stakes success.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 211x33306x ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 10 59kg 100
2 274x1x800x DIVINE QUALITY Robbie Griffiths Beau Mertens 11 57kg 97
3 4811317×44 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 12 57kg 88
4 127×111 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Ben Melham 7 57kg 95
5 23x122303x MANICURE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 13 56kg 98
6 2x1131232x ANGELIC RULER Daniel & Ben Pearce Dean Yendall 4 56kg 82
7 12131740×6 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Michael Walker 9 56kg 92
8 2974x4703x BELLA MARTINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 5 55kg 99
9 1152x103x1 GREY SHADOW Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 8 55kg 93
10 3121x76x21 DAWN DAWN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 3 55kg 80
11 2152×41 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 1 55kg 79
12 21320×38 VICTORY KINGDOM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 6 55kg 78
13 9x211x251 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Craig Williams 2 55kg 74

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
2019
How Now Stakes
1st Manicure 1 minute 10.41 seconds
2nd Angelic Ruler
3rd Dawn Dawn
2018
How Now Stakes
1st Winter Bride 1 minute 9.94 seconds
2nd Ellicazoom
3rd Platinum Angel
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

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