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.

2021 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Bella Nipotina
  • 2nd: #6 Chassis
  • 3rd: #4 La Mexicana



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) and the two Guineas Prelude races.

Raced over 1200, the How Now Stakes is held under set weights with penalties conditions and offers $200,000 in total prize money as of 2021.

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 2021 How Now Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the favourite Bella Nipotina.  

How Now Stakes
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Bella Nipotina
  • 2nd: #6 Chassis
  • 3rd: #4 La Mexicana

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Pride Of Dubai four-year-old Bella Nipotina ($3.60F) saluted for the punters in the 2021 How Now Stakes results thanks to a patient ride by Craig Williams and a lovely late turn of foot over the final furlong by the mare.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 7 57kg $3.60F
2 6 CHASSIS John Price Michael Dee 0.75L 8 55kg $12
3 4 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 0.85L 11 57kg $5
4 9 GEIST James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.95L 3 55kg $8
5 13 ENCHANTINGLY Scott Westover Luke Currie 1.7L 6 55kg $17
6 7 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Teodore Nugent (a) 2.2L 13 55kg $20
7 14 SMOKIN’ VAL Jon O’Connor Dean Holland 2.5L 9 55kg $11
8 2 KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 3.25L 12 59kg $31
9 11 SHAIK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 3.35L 1 55kg $16
10 10 BELSIELLE David & Coral Feek Daniel Moor 3.65L 10 55kg $31
11 12 MALICORNE Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 4.9L 5 55kg $31
12 5 NIGHT RAID Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 8.9L 4 56kg $19
13 1 BONHAM Tony Gollan Jye McNeil 11.15L 2 59kg $20
8 MISS ALBANIA Enver Jusufovic Liam Riordan 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 How Now Stakes Odds

The spring’s top How Now Stakes 2021 betting odds and Group 3 Caulfield racing links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week leading up to Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.

Secret Agenda ($2.80 in 2016) followed by Bella Nipotina ($3.60 in 2021) are the latest How Now Stakes betting favourites to win.

2021 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.

The official 2021 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Fourteen mares face off in the How Now Stakes 2021 field to close the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day card at Caulfield with markets led by the consistent Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained four-year-old Bella Nipotina presenting fit for jockey Craig Williams and ready to fire from her good midfield draw.

  • Scratched: #8 Miss Albania (14)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11711x2x BONHAM Tony Gollan Jye McNeil 2 59kg 99
2 2121x0x KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 12 59kg 97
3 x52336x312 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 7 57kg 92
4 12x1101x24 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 11 57kg 88
5 x1140x710x NIGHT RAID Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 4 56kg 82
6 90×9153172 CHASSIS John Price Michael Dee 8 55kg 84
7 9x3455118x BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Teodore Nugent (a) 13 55kg 81
8 31112×313 MISS ALBANIA Enver Jusufovic Liam Riordan 14 55kg 82
9 1134235×21 GEIST James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 55kg 80
10 3262×12171 BELSIELLE David & Coral Feek Daniel Moor 10 55kg 76
11 x2141x04x2 SHAIK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 1 55kg 77
12 0x1222x0x4 MALICORNE Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 5 55kg 81
13 2527x22x11 ENCHANTINGLY Scott Westover Luke Currie 6 55kg 69
14 2x243254x2 SMOKIN’ VAL Jon O’Connor Dean Holland 9 55kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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.

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
2021
How Now Stakes
1st Bella Nipotina 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Chassis
3rd La Mexicana
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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