How Now Stakes 2023

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

2022 How Now Stakes winner Zapateo

2022 How Now Stakes winner Zapateo. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The set weights plus penalties race was moved from September to the later time slot ahead of the 2023 edition as part of the new-look Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.

Racing at the meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Other Black-Type events on the card include the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m).

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 relatively short history including  Lovely Jubly (2003), Catkins (2013), and Secret Agenda (2016).

The $1 million The Hunter race is held at Newcastle on the same day in Sydney.

The latest edition of the How Now Stakes ran on Saturday November 18, 2023 as part of the later Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day card at the tail end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and was won by the Grahame Begg-trained Rose Quartz ($6.50).

2023 How Now Stakes Results

The official How Now Stakes 2023 results & finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 18, 2023.

2023 How Now Stakes winner Rose Quartz

2023 How Now Stakes winner Rose Quartz. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #3 Rose Quartz
  • 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.

How Now Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
  • 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). 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.

2023 How Now Stakes Odds

The latest How Now Stakes 2023 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 2024 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.

2023 How Now Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider How Now Stakes 2023 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: TBD

How Now Stakes Field

The How Now Stakes race field attracts a line-up of the season’s quality short-distance mares.

2023 How Now Stakes Field

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

2023 How Now Stakes Nominations

The How Now Stakes 2023 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 including in 2021 with the winner Bella Nipotina going on to run second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and third to Nature Strip in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) that campaign.

The 2022 How Now Stakes from was franked with the winner Zapateo heading to Adelaide in May of 2023 to finish third in both the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes and Group 1 The Goodwood.

2023 How Now Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed How Now Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

How Now Stakes Results

Notable recent How Now Stakes winners include: Bella Nipotina (2021), Winter Bride (2018), Secret Agenda (2016), Politeness (2015), Catkins (2013), Sister Madly (2011), Velocitea (2009), and Lovely Jubly (2003).

Past How Now Stakes Winners

Recent How Now Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 1999 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Rose Quartz Ghaanati She Dances
2022 Zapateo Lavish Girl Chain Of Lightning
2021 Bella Nipotina Chassis La Mexicana
2020 Felicia Broadwayandfourth Fiesta
2019 Manicure Angelic Ruler Dawn Dawn
2018 Winter Bride Ellicazoom Platinum Angel
2017 Savanna Amour Legless Veuve Ravi
2016 Secret Agenda Every Faith Exclusive Lass
2015 Politeness Griante Jessy Belle
2014 Girl Guide A Time For Julia Shamal Wind
2013 Catkins Hi Belle Flash Of Doubt
2012 Detours Classy Chloe Mrs Onassis
2011 Sister Madly Valentine Miss Lone Rock
2010 Valentine Miss I’m A Hussy Red Flair
2009 Velocitea Neroli Dollops
2008 Vivacious Spirit Benatar Vormista
2007 Miss Judgement Juste Momente Flying Object
2006 Queen Of The Hill Megadeal Nuclear Free
2005 Sarah Michelle
(Dead Heat)
 – Little Chloe
2004 Strikeline Solar Antiquity Skewiff
2003 Lovely Jubly Infinite Grace Astaroth
2002 Taimana Calming Galapagos Girl
2001 Miss Power Bird Purple Groove Dynamic Love
2000 Piavonic Nova Clause Clemens Belle
1999 Snippets Lass Rose Of Dane Blazing Aura