How Now Stakes

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

2023 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Rose Quartz
  • 2nd: #9 Ghaanati
  • 3rd: #2 She Dances



The How Now Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race run at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse during mid to late-November having been moved ahead of the 2023 edition from its earlier September time-slot .

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 now shares the race card with the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

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 form was franked with the winner Bella Nipotina going on to enjoy a stellar spring carnival that included a second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and third to Nature Strip in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m).

The 2022 How Now Stakes winner Zapateo went on to frank the form the following year running third in both the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes and Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide in May of 2023.

The 2023 How Now Stakes ran on Saturday November 18, 2023 as part of Caulfield’s new look Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day card held at the tail end of the spring carnival and was won narrowly by the consistent Grahame Begg-trained Rose Quarts ($6.50). 

How Now Stakes
Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 How Now Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Rose Quartz ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #9 Ghaanati
  • 3rd: #2 She Dances

The Grahame Begg-trained Written Tycoon six-year-old Rose Quartz ($6.50) continued her consistent spring form with a deserving Group 3 win narrowly taking out the 2023 How Now Stakes results at her pet distance.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 ROSE QUARTZ Grahame Begg Michael Dee 4 55kg $6.50
2 9 GHAANATI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.3L 7 55kg $13
3 2 SHE DANCES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Linda Meech 0.6L 6 57kg $2.40F
4 4 UNUSUAL CULTURE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 2.85L 8 55kg $10
5 1 QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Damien Oliver 4.6L 5 57kg $3.10
6 8 HOLLY LOLLY Clinton McDonald Blaike McDougall 5.35L 3 55kg $51
7 6 FORTUNATE KISS Daniel Bowman Daniel Moor 7.35L 2 55kg $26
8 11 LADY DI DI Cliff Brown Beau Mertens 7.65L 1 55kg $26
7 MY YANKEE GIRL Vincent Malady Billy Egan 0
10 MISS MIDDLE PARK Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0
5 STARLIGHT SCOPE Pat Carey & Harris Walker Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 How Now Stakes Betting Odds

The spring’s top How Now Stakes 2023 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.

2023 How Now Stakes Field

The How Now Stakes field attracts a line-up of quality mares each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The official 2023 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

2023 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
2023
How Now Stakes
1st Rose Quartz 1 minute 09.28 seconds
2nd Ghaanati
3rd She Dances
2022
How Now Stakes
1st Zapateo 1 minute 13.29 seconds
2nd Lavish Girl
3rd Chain Of Lightning
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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