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.

2021 Let's Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Turaath
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #5 Still A Star



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 $300,000 in prize money as of 2021. 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 Let’s Elope Stakes form has stacked-up in tougher races many times however including in 2020 when the runner-up Arcadia Queen went on to complete the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes – Mackinnon Stakes double that spring.

The latest edition of the 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on Saturday September 11, 2021 and was won by the in-form Turaath. 

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Turaath
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #5 Still A Star

The in-form Turaath ($5.50) handled a notable rise in grade to take her winning streak to four straight for Warrnambool trainer Maddie Raymond in the 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes results.

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order below following the event.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 14 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 6 55kg $5.50
2 2 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Luke Nolen 1.25L 11 58kg $14
3 5 STILL A STAR Bill Ryan Luke Currie 1.55L 2 57kg $6
4 16 LOVE SENSATION Kevin Corstens Damien Thornton 1.85L 1 55kg $51
5 6 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 2.15L 15 57kg $21
6 1 INSTANT CELEBRITY Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 2.25L 12 59kg $4F
7 8 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Oliver 2.45L 10 57kg $7
8 17e BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 2.85L 3 55kg $15
9 13 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 2.95L 4 55kg $18
10 15 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 3.7L 9 55kg $31
11 11 RIPPER RITA Greg Eurell Jamie Mott 3.8L 14 55kg $19
12 3 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 4.2L 5 58kg $21
13 4 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 4.3L 7 58kg $61
14 9 TYCHE GODDESS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Thomas Stockdale (a) 5.55L 13 57kg $201
15 7 CHICA FUERTE Anthony & Sam Freedman Fred Kersley 5.75L 8 57kg $101
12 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King (a) 0
10 ANNAVISTO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

A capacity line-up of mares will face off in Saturday’s 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes field including the widely-drawn favourite Instant Celebrity carrying top weight second-up off a Cockram Stakes third to Probabeel.

  • Scratched: #10 Annavisto (15)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1113x412x3 INSTANT CELEBRITY Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 13 59kg 108
2 x8017x225x MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Luke Nolen 12 58kg 109
3 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 6 58kg 104
4 x65619317x ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 8 58kg 88
5 1111x1021x STILL A STAR Bill Ryan Luke Currie 2 57kg 103
6 181x1960x6 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 17 57kg 100
7 310x52160x CHICA FUERTE Anthony & Sam Freedman Fred Kersley 9 57kg 87
8 0x14115x45 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Oliver 11 57kg 86
9 3330x2910x TYCHE GODDESS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Thomas Stockdale (a) 14 57kg 78
10 80x12113x2 ANNAVISTO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 15 56kg 84
11 236x1313x RIPPER RITA Greg Eurell Jamie Mott 16 55kg 81
12 8262315533 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King (a) 4 55kg 77
13 180x38478x BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 5 55kg 89
14 3610×32111 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 7 55kg 81
15 1x1x4339x4 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 10 55kg 80
16 50x45729x2 LOVE SENSATION Kevin Corstens Damien Thornton 1 55kg 74
17e 212x BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 3 55kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

The 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 27 mares led in pre-field betting by the Phillip Stokes-trained Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner in Adelaide Instant Celebrity.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 20x5x73422 AIDENSFIELD M 4 Ben & JD Hayes 74
2 80x12113x2 ANNAVISTO (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
3 5x2330x312 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
4 180x38478x BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
5 21x3618x1 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller 77
6 212x BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg 78
7 90×9153172 CHASSIS M 5 John Price 84
8 310x52160x CHICA FUERTE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 87
9 8262315533 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS M 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 77
10 1x1x4339x4 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
11 1113x412x3 INSTANT CELEBRITY M 4 Phillip Stokes 108
12 796×614224 JENNEVEE M 6 Patrick Keane 62
13 50x45729x2 LOVE SENSATION M 4 Kevin Corstens 74
14 831x3088x5 LUNAKORN M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
15 7x17x705x6 MISS GUGGENHEIM M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 62
16 x8017x225x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 6 Adam Trinder 109
17 x65619317x ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 88
18 33112x26x PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 72
19 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 104
20 181x1960x6 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
21 236x1313x RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell 81
22 159x4216x8 SNICKERDOODLEDANDY M 4 Peter G Moody 80
23 111x8510x0 SOVEREIGN AWARD M 6 Danny O’Brien 101
24 1111x1021x STILL A STAR M 5 Bill Ryan 103
25 3610×32111 TURAATH (GB) M 5 Maddie Raymond 81
26 3330x2910x TYCHE GODDESS M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
27 0x14115x45 ZOU DANCER M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 86
   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
2021
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Turaath 1 minute 23.69 seconds
2nd Mystic Journey
3rd Still A Star
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

Spring Racing

2021 Caulfield Cup Winner: Inc...

The Everest Results 2021: Natu...

The Everest Results 2021: Nature Strip Wins, Defeats Masked Crusader & Eduardo

The Chris Waller-trained champion sprinter Nature Strip finally saluted in The...

Cox Plate 2021 Option For Tris...

Cox Plate 2021 Option For Tristarc Stakes Winner Colette

A quick back-up into the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate could be on the cards...

2021 The Kosciuszko Results: A...

2021 The Kosciuszko Results: Art Cadeau Defeats Handle The Truth

A terrific late run by Art Cadeau set the crowd alight on The Everest Day as...

Caulfield Classic Winner Gunst...

Caulfield Classic Winner Gunstock Fires Ahead of 2021 Victoria Derby

Gunstock was firing on all cylinders getting a lovely soft run before...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Caulfield Cup Winner: Inc...

The Everest Results 2021: Natu...

The Everest Results 2021: Nature Strip Wins, Defeats Masked Crusader & Eduardo

The Chris Waller-trained champion sprinter Nature Strip finally saluted in The...

Cox Plate 2021 Option For Tris...

Cox Plate 2021 Option For Tristarc Stakes Winner Colette

A quick back-up into the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate could be on the cards...

2021 The Kosciuszko Results: A...

2021 The Kosciuszko Results: Art Cadeau Defeats Handle The Truth

A terrific late run by Art Cadeau set the crowd alight on The Everest Day as...

Caulfield Classic Winner Gunst...

Caulfield Classic Winner Gunstock Fires Ahead of 2021 Victoria Derby

Gunstock was firing on all cylinders getting a lovely soft run before...

Race Results

2021 Caulfield Cup Winner: Incentivise By 3.5 Lengths

The Everest Results 2021: Nature Strip Wins, Defeats Masked Crusader & Eduardo

Cox Plate 2021 Option For Tristarc Stakes Winner Colette

2021 The Kosciuszko Results: Art Cadeau Defeats Handle The Truth

Caulfield Classic Winner Gunstock Fires Ahead of 2021 Victoria Derby

Race Previews

The Everest Day 2021: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Caulfield Cup Day: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

Caulfield Cup 2021 Tips & Exotic Selections

The Everest 2021 Tips & Exotic Selections

2021 Caulfield Cup Betting Update: Incentivise Favourite, She’s Ideel Firms

Fields & Form

The Everest Day 2021: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Caulfield Cup Day: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

Caulfield Cup 2021 Tips & Exotic Selections

2021 Caulfield Cup Betting Update: Incentivise Favourite, She’s Ideel Firms

2021 The Everest Betting Update: Nature Strip New Favourite