How Now Stakes

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

2020 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Felicia
  • 2nd: #4 Broadwayandfourth
  • 3rd: #7 Fiesta



The 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).

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 2020 How Now Stakes ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 and was won by Felicia. 

How Now Stakes
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Felicia
  • 2nd: #4 Broadwayandfourth
  • 3rd: #7 Fiesta

Jockey Craig Williams made it a hat-trick of wins on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day saluting in the last aboard Felicia who drew clear over the final 100m for a powerful two length success second-up in the 2020 How Now Stakes results.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 FELICIA Dean Binaisse Craig Williams 12 55kg $6
2 4 BROADWAYANDFOURTH Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 2L 1 56kg $31
3 7 FIESTA Chris Waller Michael Walker 2.2L 10 55kg $12
4 3 IN GOOD TIME Tracey Bartley Michael Rodd 2.4L 2 56kg $51
5 9 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 2.9L 6 55kg $31
6 6 LYRE Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 3.65L 3 55kg $2.20F
7 13 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Craig Newitt 3.95L 11 55kg $31
8 8 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 4.15L 7 55kg $8.50
9 1 SPANISH WHISPER Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 4.55L 9 58kg $20
10 5 I AM ELOQUENT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 4.65L 8 56kg $31
11 2 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 4.95L 13 57kg $8.50
12 10 OUR CAMPANA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7.2L 5 55kg $61
13 11 JENTICO Tony & Calvin McEvoy Billy Egan 7.4L 4 55kg $101
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 How Now Stakes Odds

The spring’s top How Now Stakes 2020 betting odds and Group 3 Caulfield racing links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week leading up to Naturalism Stakes Day.

2020 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 2020 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The How Now Stakes 2020 field features a quality line-up of 13 mares led in betting by Anthony & Sam Freedman’s Group 1 winner Lyre looking to return to winning form after a string of frustrating minor placings in tough company.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1930x5659x SPANISH WHISPER Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 9 58kg 99
2 16x50201x6 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 13 57kg 99
3 397×041500 IN GOOD TIME Tracey Bartley Michael Rodd 2 56kg 93
4 x4846150x0 BROADWAYANDFOURTH Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 1 56kg 77
5 x17118x30x I AM ELOQUENT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 8 56kg 78
6 74x24423x2 LYRE Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 3 55kg 104
7 x080x2092x FIESTA Chris Waller Michael Walker 10 55kg 98
8 552x0540x0 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 7 55kg 90
9 0x48313124 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 6 55kg 86
10 3x2114x158 OUR CAMPANA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 55kg 87
11 16821139×7 JENTICO Tony & Calvin McEvoy Billy Egan 4 55kg 83
12 11x35321x2 FELICIA Dean Binaisse Craig Williams 12 55kg 88
13 x0259x1214 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Craig Newitt 11 55kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 How Now Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the How Now Stakes close the Monday leading-up to Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day and will be published below.

The 2020 How Now Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 25 mares including the flying Diamond Effort chasing a sixth win on the trot following a first-up victory in the Group 3 The Heath and Group 1 winner Lyre coming off a second in the same lead-up.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1930x5659x SPANISH WHISPER M 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 1 58kg 99
2 421x438P0x FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 58kg 84
3 27x52x320x EXHILARATES M 4 James Cummings 3 57kg 96
4 16x50201x6 HUMMA HUMMA M 5 John McArdle 4 57kg 99
5 180x1111x1 DIAMOND EFFORT M 5 Clinton McDonald 5 57kg 104
6 11118×1 HOW WOMANTIC M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 89
7 397×041500 IN GOOD TIME M 6 Tracey Bartley 7 56kg 93
8 x4846150x0 BROADWAYANDFOURTH M 4 Mitchell Freedman 8 56kg 77
9 x17118x30x I AM ELOQUENT M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 56kg 78
10 74x24423x2 LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 55kg 104
11 x080x2092x FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 11 55kg 98
12 3×56404728 MISS IANO M 7 Mark C Webb 12 55kg 85
13 552x0540x0 MISSILE MANTRA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 13 55kg 90
14 31x45145x3 FABRIC (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 14 55kg 84
15 0x48313124 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney 15 55kg 86
16 3x2114x158 OUR CAMPANA M 5 Peter G Moody 16 55kg 87
17 16821139×7 JENTICO M 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 17 55kg 83
18 6326420×42 PARMIE M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 18 55kg 76
19 2550x882x5 LA TIGERESA M 6 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 19 55kg 82
20 5x372421x9 CLARICE CLIFFS M 6 Greg Eurell 20 55kg 86
21 11x35321x2 FELICIA M 4 Dean Binaisse 21 55kg 88
22 7x25116x60 THE CLOSER M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 22 55kg 78
23 31311×6 CORDILLA M 4 Danny O’Brien 23 55kg 72
24 x0259x1214 BONS ABROAD M 4 Kevin Corstens 24 55kg 70
25 299x110x25 MONETIZING M 4 Brent Stanley 25 55kg 66

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
How Now Stakes
1st Felicia 1 minute 10.20 seconds
2nd Broadwayandfourth
3rd Fiesta
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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