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.

2018 Let's Elope Stakes Results

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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) back at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The latest edition of the 2018 Let’s Elope Stakes ran on September 15, 2018.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes
Date: September 15, 2018
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Mares 4YO & Over – Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Check out the official Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order immediately following the conclusion of the race.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 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.

2018 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x477100x43 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 13 58kg 106
2 1x311161x4 BELLA MARTINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 58kg 93
3 73211x209x PAYROLL Shawn Mathrick Brett Prebble 5 57kg 102
4 x31164x60x QUILATE Michael Kent Ethan Brown (a) 3 57kg 95
5 x701003310 MISS GUNPOWDER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 11 55kg 100
6 1311214x0x KENEDNA Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla (late alt) 2 55kg 93
7 720x2220x8 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jordan Childs 12 55kg 97
8 6126x55x41 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 55kg 94
9 90x446x5x1 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 1 55kg 104
10 56x687x580 JENNIFER LYNN John McArdle Jamie Mott 8 55kg 76
11 0x121216x1 MRS GARDENIA (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 4 55kg 92
12 5x4542223x SHEEZDASHING Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 6 55kg 88
13 x32446x3x4 PETITION Anthony Freedman Jye McNeil 9 55kg 89
14 1510×30251 BELLARIA (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 10 55kg 91

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 field & barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to Makybe Diva Stakes Day and will be published below once announced.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

The Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 nominations are released by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and will be available below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x477100x43 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 5 Shane Nichols 1 58kg 106
2 1x311161x4 BELLA MARTINI M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 58kg 93
3 4x650610x0 SPECIAL ALERT M 4 Andrew Noblet 3 58kg 78
4 73211x209x PAYROLL M 6 Shawn Mathrick 4 57kg 102
5 x31164x60x QUILATE M 6 Michael Kent 5 57kg 95
6 x701003310 MISS GUNPOWDER M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 55kg 100
7 1311214x0x KENEDNA M 5 Darren Weir 7 55kg 93
8 720x2220x8 SAMOVARE M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 55kg 97
9 90x446x5x1 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 55kg 104
10 6126x55x41 MERRIEST M 5 Danny O’Brien 10 55kg 94
11 56x687x580 JENNIFER LYNN M 5 John McArdle 11 55kg 76
12 0x121216x1 MRS GARDENIA (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 12 55kg 92
13 0x85313336 MOONLOVER M 5 Matt Laurie 13 55kg 82
14 5x4542223x SHEEZDASHING M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 14 55kg 88
15 x32446x3x4 PETITION M 5 Anthony Freedman 15 55kg 89
16 9×64436541 SPANNER HEAD M 5 Archie Alexander 16 55kg 80
17 1510×30251 BELLARIA (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 17 55kg 91

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
2018
Let’s Elope Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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