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.

2023 Let's Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Amelia's Jewel
  • 2nd: #14 Life Lessons
  • 3rd: #8 El Patroness



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 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Mystic Journey also running second in that year’s Empire Rose Stakes results.

In 2022 the Let’s Elope Stakes winner Kissonallforcheeks went on to finish runner-up at Ascot in Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 $1.5 million The Gold Rush (1400m) that summer.

The latest edition of the 2023 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on Saturday September 16, 2023 and was won first-up by Simon Miller’s Group 1 winning WA mare Amelia’s Jewel ($1.95F) in her first run outside of Perth. 

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order below following the event.

  • 1st: #1 Amelia’s Jewel ($1.95F)
  • 2nd: #14 Life Lessons
  • 3rd: #8 El Patroness

The brilliant Group 1 winning Perth raider Amelia’s Jewel ($1.95F) was too good for her rivals first-up in her interstate debut when beginning her late run at the clocktower, letting down at the 150m to charge home for an impressive win over roughie hopefuls Life Lessons ($31) and El Patroness ($101) in the Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Damian Lane 14 58.5kg $1.95F
2 14 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Daniel Stackhouse 1L 9 55kg $31
3 8 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1.5L 2 55kg $101
4 2 SEE YOU IN HEAVEN Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 2.75L 8 57.5kg $8.50
5 4 CASTE Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 2.85L 11 57.5kg $9
6 12 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Declan Bates 3.15L 10 55kg $14
7 7 PAPILLON CLUB Greg Eurell Ben Melham 3.25L 13 57kg $17
8 3 SHUFFLE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 4L 12 57.5kg $71
9 13 PIPPALI Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 5L 6 55kg $61
10 5 FOXY FRIDA Andrew Noblet Billy Egan 5.2L 4 57kg $12
11 10 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 7.7L 7 55kg $81
12 6 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) Matthew Williams Mark Zahra 7.9L 3 57kg $9.50
13 11 TOREGENE (NZ) Matthew Williams John Allen 15.9L 5 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $26
14 9 SPARKLE (JPN) Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 22.9L 1 55kg $51
15 TAJNEED Peter & Paul Snowden 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes Betting Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 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.

Kissonallforcheeks ($3.60 in 2022) and Amelia’s Jewel ($1.95 in 2023) are the latest Let’s Elope Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 LET’S ELOPE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes Form

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2023 Let’s Elope Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 Tips on the September showdown at Flemington this season.

  • To Win: #1 Amelia’s Jewel ($1.85 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Excellent edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes, but even with a wide alley first-up the odds-on favourite Amelia’s Jewel over from Perth is impossible to bet against here. The Group 1 Northerly Stakes winner from last summer has seven wins from nine starts. She is yet to finish worse than second and is a genuine star. She was last seen finishing runner-up to Overpass in the inaugural $4 million The Quokka slot race in April, and she has been brought-on fitness-wise with a couple of nice trials at home. Fresh for the spring she makes her four-year-old debut heading interstate for the first time. After such a dominant WA record she is deserving of a shot in Sydney and looks like she’ll get the job done ahead of the spring majors.

2023 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 2023 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

The 2023 Let’s Elope Stakes final field features a quality line-up of mares led in betting by the Group 1 winning Amelia’s Jewel in her first run outside of WA.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x1211x12x AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Damian Lane 15 58.5kg 111
2 9731x22x12 SEE YOU IN HEAVEN Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 8 57.5kg 99
3 6x3121146x SHUFFLE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 12 57.5kg 86
4 127x111x CASTE Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 11 57.5kg 96
5 405x12116x FOXY FRIDA Andrew Noblet Billy Egan 4 57kg 105
6 49x33112x3 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) Matthew Williams Mark Zahra 3 57kg 98
7 2x11321x5 PAPILLON CLUB Greg Eurell Ben Melham 14 57kg 83
8 81x847014x EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 2 55kg 103
9 7x0x93110x SPARKLE (JPN) Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 1 55kg 89
10 x92906x57x ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 7 55kg 93
11 1x112x200x TOREGENE (NZ) Matthew Williams John Allen 5 55kg 91
12 1537x4298x PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Declan Bates 10 55kg 99
13 24x0300x64 PIPPALI Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 6 55kg 90
14 x1112x74x4 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Daniel Stackhouse 9 55kg 80
15 139x8x735 TAJNEED Peter & Paul Snowden 13 55kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x1211x12x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller 1 58.5kg 111
2 9731x22x12 SEE YOU IN HEAVEN M 4 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 2 57.5kg 99
3 127x111x CASTE M 4 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 3 57.5kg 96
4 11614x64x9 BOOGIE DANCER M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 4 57.5kg 88
5 6x3121146x SHUFFLE DANCER M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 5 57.5kg 86
6 1223x31x22 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 6 57kg 112
7 405x12116x FOXY FRIDA M 6 Andrew Noblet 7 57kg 105
8 49x33112x3 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) M 5 Matthew Williams 8 57kg 98
9 2x11321x5 PAPILLON CLUB M 4 Greg Eurell 9 57kg 83
10 x5112813x3 PARTY PRINCESS M 4 Andrew Gluyas 10 56kg 76
11 81x847014x EL PATRONESS M 5 Danny O’Brien 11 55kg 103
12 1537x4298x PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 55kg 99
13 804x3421x8 THUNDER BEAUTY (IRE) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 55kg 98
14 x92906x57x ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 55kg 93
15 1x112x200x TOREGENE (NZ) M 5 Matthew Williams 15 55kg 91
16 24x0300x64 PIPPALI M 6 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 16 55kg 90
17 7x0x93110x SPARKLE (JPN) M 6 Danny O’Brien 17 55kg 89
18 122x689x2 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) M 4 Phillip Stokes 18 55kg 80
19 211333898x FORBIDDEN CITY M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 19 55kg 80
20 x1112x74x4 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 20 55kg 80
21 x345x61817 STARLIGHT SCOPE M 6 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 21 55kg 79
22 139x8x735 TAJNEED M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 22 55kg 78
23 1153×21 NUNTHORPE M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 23 55kg 77
24 38×9111 OUR RED MORNING (NZ) M 4 Greg Eurell 24 55kg 75
25 x877x1192x IN DE SUMMERTIME M 5 Keith Dryden 25 55kg 73

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
2023
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Amelia’s Jewel 1 minute 23.33 seconds
2nd Life Lessons
3rd El Patroness
2022
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st Kissonallforcheeks 1 minute 25.32 seconds
2nd Lady Of Honour
3rd Yearning
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

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