The Lets Elope Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares held at Flemington racecourse annually each September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2018 Lets Elope Stakes was won by I Am A Star from Bella Martini with Sheezdashing third.
Named after former champion mare 'Let's Elope', the race was previously a listed event known as the 'Milady Stakes' up until 1994 before becoming a Group 3 race in 2005. It was afforded Group 2 status in 2009 and takes place on the same day as the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 12th September 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||I Am A Star|
The Lets Elope Stakes is a race for mares only and the set weight & penalty conditions of the race favours the more talented females entered for the event. Those females with higher average prize money and better race records typically rise to the occasion for this event.
Generally a capacity field of above average mares will contest the Lets Elope Stakes and they may have come via a race such as the Gr3 Cockram Stakes held earlier in the carnival at Caulfield.
The upcoming Gr3 How Now Stakes held at Caulfield on Group 1 Underwood Stakes day or the Gr2 WH Stocks Stakes on Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes night at Moonee Valley may be next on the agenda for mares contesting this race. Don't Doubt Momma (2016) is the last mare to win the Let's Elope Stakes and WH Stocks Stakes double.
Classy mare Catkins (2nd in 2013) won the How Now Stakes after finishing runner-up in the Let's Elope Stakes beforehand, while Fenway (9th in 2015) claimed the WH Stocks Stakes at her next start.
Spanish Whisper (2019) finished runner-up in the Cockram Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before going one better in this event for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable at Euroa.
Recent Let's Elope Stakes winners include I Am A Star (2018) and Sword Of Light (2017).
I Am A Star (7th in 2017) and Don't Doubt Momma (2016) both won the Gr2 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley at their next start.
Catkins (2nd in 2013) went on to have a very consistent spring winning the How Now Stakes at Caulfield and the Gr3 Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley, and placing in the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes and Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington, the latter on Derby Day on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Quality mare Dear Demi (7th in 2013) ran third in both the Underwood Stakes and Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield before finishing runner-up in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.
Ill fated mare Pinker Pinker (2011) went on to finish runner-up in the WH Stocks Stakes and Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick before scoring an upset victory in the Group 1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley courtesy of a brilliant Craig Williams ride.
Peter Moody mare Mid Summer Music (2nd in 2011) ran third in the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield & Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington after running second here. The following winter in Brisbane she managed to win the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
Consistent mare Lady Lynette (4th in 2011) finished third in the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley, then won the Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington, before finishing third in the Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley.
Response (2nd in 2010) went on to win the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield and turned the tables on No Evidence Needed (2010) who finished second in the same race.
1. $6.50 Spanish Whisper 58.0 Mark Zahra
2. $13.00 Miss Siska 55.0 Brett Prebble
3. $3.60 Fidelia 55.0 Jye McNeil
4. $10.00 Amberdi 55.0 Dean Yendall
5. $7.00 My Pendant 55.0 Craig Williams
6. $3.80 Fundamentalist 55.0 Luke Nolen
7. $14.00 Princess Jenni 59.0 Damien Oliver
8. $151.00 Camelle 55.0 Beau Mertens
9. $21.00 Aloisia 55.0 Damian Lane
10. $31.00 Spanish Reef 57.0 Ben Allen
11. $71.00 Bellaria 55.5 Jamie Mott
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||I Am A Star||Bella Martini||Sheezdashing||1:23.1|
|2017||Sword Of Light||Swampland||Lovani||1:23.5|
|2016||Don't Doubt Mamma||Thames Court||Manageress||1:24.5|
|2015||Amicus||Precious Gem||May's Dream||1:23.0|
|2014||Commanding Jewel||Dear Demi||Nautical||1:23.6|
|2013||Commanding Jewel||Catkins||A Time For Julia||1:22.5|
|2012||Zurella||Hi Belle||Total Attraction||1:23.3|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Mid Summer Music||Parables||1:23.8|
|2010||No Evidence Needed||Response||Live In Sin||1:26.8|
|2009||Cats Whisker||Romneya||Symphony Miss||1:25.0|
|2008||Mimi Lebrock||Bellini Rose||Devil Moon||1:28.2|
|2007||Devil Moon||Eskimo Queen||Bellini Rose||1:23.4|
|2006||Rewaaya||Be Delicious||Celtic Bloom||1:24.2|
|2003||Ain't Seen Nothin||Classic Patches||Reactive||1:24.4|
|2002||Purple Groove||Tickle My||Crimson Gem||1:24.9|
|2001||Flushed||Miss Power Bird||Lolita Star||1:24.5|
|2000||Tickle My||Love's Choice||Monterosso||1:28.4|
|1999||Zapeace||Hula Wonder||Follow Gold||1:25.3|
|1998||Skyrocket||Wiggly Woo||Lisa's Game||1:23.4|
|1996||Rose Of Portland||Arctic Scent||Clicko||1:25.1|
|1993||Rose of Marizza||Azzurro||Bouverie Mist||1:25.7|
|1992||Mannerism||Swayaura||Pride Of Demus||1:25.9|
|1991||Shavano Miss||Make Up Lady||Blame||1:25.5|
|1990||Natural Wonder||Blame||Galaway Star||1:25.6|
|1989||Rancheetah||Memphis Blues||Hazy Pond||1:25.6|
|1988||Riva Gleam||Sister Shirley||Lady Violet||1:25.6|
|1987||Take My Picture||English Charm||Glowing Idol||1:23.0|