How Now Stakes 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

Held on a weekend in mid to late September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield Racecourse, the How Now Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares aged four and above.

The set weights plus penalties race is one of five Group races at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1800m) and also featuring the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) races in 2021, along with the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) offering the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

The How Now Stakes has been run and won since 1999 and takes place over a 1200m sprint distance.

Offering $200,000 in total prize money, the event is named after former star filly and 1976 Underwood Stakes winner How Now.

It gained Group 3 status in 2005 and a number of nice mares have taken out the How Now Stakes over its realtively short history including  Lovely Jubly (2003), Catkins (2013) and Secret Agenda (2016).

The How Now Stakes also now serves as a potential lead-up into the $1 million The Hunter race held at Newcastle in November.

The latest edition of the How Now Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Bella Nipotina. 

2021 How Now Stakes Results

The official How Now Stakes 2021 results & finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 18, 2021.

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

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained four-year-old daughter of Pride Of Dubai, Bella Nipotina ($3.60F) returned to winning form saluting for the punters in the How Now Stakes 2021 results.

How Now Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Mares 4YOs and above – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1999

How Now Stakes Betting

How Now Stakes betting markets are dominated each year by in-form mares with a strong record over 1200m and those coming off good performances in key lead-up races like the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) held the previous month. Savanna Amour (2017) was the last mare to complete the Cockram Stakes – How Now Stakes double.

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

2021 How Now Stakes Odds

The latest How Now Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our Caulfield racing markets will be open below as soon as released so stay tuned for the top odds on the mares’ event this spring.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 How Now Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

How Now Stakes Tips

Good How Now Stakes tips include backing in-form mares coming off a top-three run in a similar grade Melbourne race earlier in the spring.

There’s been a number of recent How Now Stakes winners saluting at double-figure odds, so laying the favourite can also be profitable in How Now Stakes tipping as can backing proven Caulfield specialists at the track.

2021 How Now Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider How Now Stakes 2021 betting tips and Group 3 racing picks for the event will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the mares to lock-in for the win.

  • To Win: #3 Bella Nipotina ($5.50 at time of publish)

Hard to bet against this in-form Pride Of Dubai four-year-old from the Maher-Eustace stables. Craig Williams retains the ride from a favourable mid-field draw. She’s fit and improving and was good when runner-up in the Listed Chautauqua Stakes last time out. Slow conditions suit, excuses after being held up last time out at the 300m and if she handles the weight rise she’s your winner.

How Now Stakes Field

The How Now Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s quality short-distance mares heading towards tougher spring targets including the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) held on Caulfield Cup Day.

The Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m) run at the same track and distance on Caulfield Guineas Day is another good next-up option for mares out of the How Now Stakes field and Winter Bride (2018) was the last to do the double.

2021 How Now Stakes Field

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

The 2021 How Now Stakes field features a nice line-up of 14 mares led in betting by the ultra-consistent Bella Nipotina and La Mexicana racing third-up.

2021 How Now Stakes Nominations

The How Now Stakes 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and the list of early entries will be provided below once announced.

How Now Stakes Form Guide

The How Now Stakes form guide details to punters all the need-to-know information from trainers and jockeys to barriers and lead-up runs.

The How Now Stakes form has also stacked up in tougher spring races in recent years.

2021 How Now Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed How Now Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

How Now Stakes Results

Notable recent How Now Stakes winners include Winter Bride (2018), Secret Agenda (2016), Politeness (2015), Catkins (2013), Sister Madly (2011), Velocitea (2009) and Lovely Jubly (2003).

How Now Stakes Winners

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1stBella Nipotina1 minute 10.75 seconds
3rdLa Mexicana
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1stFelicia1 minute 10.20 seconds
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1stManicure1 minute 10.41 seconds
2ndAngelic Ruler
3rdDawn Dawn
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1stWinter Bride1 minute 9.94 seconds
3rdPlatinum Angel
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1stSavanna Amour1 minute 9.42 seconds
2ndLegless Veuve
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1stSecret Agenda1 minute 12.2 seconds
2ndEvery Faith
3rdExclusive Lass
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1stPoliteness1 minute 10.7 seconds
3rdJessy Belle
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1stGirl Guide1 minute 10.3 seconds
2ndA Time For Julia
3rdShamal Wind
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1stCatkins1 minute 12.5 seconds
2ndHi Belle
3rdFlash Of Doubt
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1stDetours1 minute 10.4 seconds
2ndClassy Chloe
3rdMrs Onassis
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1stSister Madly1 minute 10.3 seconds
2ndValentine Miss
3rdLone Rock
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1stValentine Miss1 minute 9.3 seconds
2ndI’m A Hussy
3rdRed Flair
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1stVelocitea1 minute 11.4 seconds
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1stVivacious Spirit1 minute 10.5 seconds
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1stMiss Judgement1 minute 9.8 seconds
2ndJuste Momente
3rdFlying Object
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1stQueen Of The Hill1 minute 10.9 seconds
3rdNuclear Free
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=1stSarah Michelle1 minute 13.9 seconds
3rdLittle Chloe
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1stStrikeline1 minute 10.5 seconds
2ndSolar Antiquity
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1stLovely Jubly1 minute 9.0 seconds
2ndInfinite Grace
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1stTaimana1 minute 9.8 seconds
3rdGalapagos Girl
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1stMiss Power Bird1 minute 11.3 seconds
2ndPurple Groove
3rdDynamic Love
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1stPiavonic1 minute 10.3 seconds
2ndNova Clause
3rdClemens Belle