Let’s Elope Stakes 2021

Saturday September 11, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Let’s Elope Stakes graduates often continue onto the Empire Rose Stakes

The Let’s Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares aged four-years-old and above run at Flemington Racecourse on Makybe Diva Stakes Day in September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and also features the recently upgraded Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m). Contested over 1400m at set weights plus penalties, the Let’s Elope Stakes offers $300,000 in total prize money, was upgraded to a Group 2 race in 2009 and is named in honour of the 1991 Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup winner Let’s Elope.

Many mares in the Let’s Elope Stakes field head towards a run back at the track during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), now known as the Empire Rose Stakes. The Let’s Elope Stakes – Myer Classic double was last achieved by Rose Of Portland (2006).

In 2020 the Let’s Elope Stakes runner-up Arcadia Queen went on to complete the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes – Mackinnon Stakes double over 2000m in Melbourne that spring.

The latest edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes took place on Saturday September 11, 2021 and was won by the progressive Turaath. 

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 results and finishing order will be available below once the race takes place on Makybe Diva Stakes Day, held on Saturday September 11, 2021.

  • 1st: #14 Turaath
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #5 Still A Star

The Maddie Raymond-trained Turaath ($5.50) enjoyed a fourth win on the trot rising in grade to defeat inaugural All-Star Mile winner Mystic Journey (2nd) and Still A Star (3rd) in the Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 results.

Let’s Elope Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1987

Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

Let’s Elope Stakes betting markets are traditionally led by the class mares in the race with good lead-up form in a race like the Cockram Stakes.

Pretty Brazen (7th in 2020) was the last Let’s Elope Stakes winner to come out of a lead-up run in the Cockram at Caulfield.

Proven Group 1 performers, those with a good Flemington track record and mares with winning form over 1400m – 1600m also dominate the Let’s Elope Stakes odds each year.

Upsets are not uncommon in the Let’s Elope Stakes and often laying the favourite can prove profitable, like in 2017 when Sword Of Light scored an upset at Let’s Elope Stakes odds of $18 and in 2020 when Pretty Brazen saluted at $20.

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The updated Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our Flemington Makybe Diva Stakes Day markets will be available right here the week of the race.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Let's Elope Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Let’s Elope Stakes Field

The Let’s Elope Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s best mares, many heading towards the Empire Rose Stakes back at Flemington over the mile in November. Runners from Sydney may come off an earlier spring run in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick, a double achieved by Amicus in 2015.

The main Melbourne lead-up into the Let’s Elope is the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) held the month before. Commanding Jewel came off a third in the Cockram Stakes before her 2014 Let’s Elope win, successfully defending her title in the latter. In 2017 Sword Of Light improved off a lead-up fifth in the Cockram Stakes to win the Let’s Elope Stakes.

Most recently the 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes winner Spanish Whisper improved on a Cockram Stakes second in the lead-up, while the following year Pretty Brazen won the 2020 Let’s Elope off her seventh in the Cockram.

Let's Elope Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes

Pinker Pinker completed the 2011 Let’s Elope Stakes – Cox Plate double. Photo Credit: Taron Clarke.

In 2013 A Time For Julia ran second in the Cockram Stakes and third in the Let’s Elope. The next traditional run for mares out of the Let’s Elope Stakes field is the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Moir Stakes Night.

In 2015 May’s Dream ran third in the Let’s Elope and second in the Stocks Stakes. The previous year Commanding Jewel won the Let’s Elope Stakes for a second time in 2014 before a Stocks Stakes third.

In 2011 the Let’s Elope winner Pinker Pinker finished second in the Stocks Stakes before heading to Sydney where she was runner-up in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and then won the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back in Melbourne.

More recently in 2017 I Am A Star improved on a lead-up seventh in the Let’s Elope Stakes to win the Stocks Stakes. She then won the following year’s Let’s Elope – Stocks Stakes double (2018).

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Field

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers are out the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes field features a capacity line-up of female gallopers including the Phillip Stokes-trained Robert Sangster Stakes winner Instant Celebrity carrying the top weight from a wide gate second-up off a Cockram Stakes third.

  • Scratched: #10 Annavisto (15)

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

Let’s Elope Stakes nominations for 2021 close on the Monday of race week and will be provided in full below.

The 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations drew 27 early entries with Robert Sangster Stakes winning mare Instant Celebrity leading all-in betting.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 20x5x73422 AIDENSFIELD M 4 Ben & JD Hayes 74
2 80x12113x2 ANNAVISTO (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
3 5x2330x312 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
4 180x38478x BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
5 21x3618x1 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller 77
6 212x BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg 78
7 90×9153172 CHASSIS M 5 John Price 84
8 310x52160x CHICA FUERTE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 87
9 8262315533 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS M 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 77
10 1x1x4339x4 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
11 1113x412x3 INSTANT CELEBRITY M 4 Phillip Stokes 108
12 796×614224 JENNEVEE M 6 Patrick Keane 62
13 50x45729x2 LOVE SENSATION M 4 Kevin Corstens 74
14 831x3088x5 LUNAKORN M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
15 7x17x705x6 MISS GUGGENHEIM M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 62
16 x8017x225x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 6 Adam Trinder 109
17 x65619317x ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 88
18 33112x26x PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 72
19 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 104
20 181x1960x6 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
21 236x1313x RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell 81
22 159x4216x8 SNICKERDOODLEDANDY M 4 Peter G Moody 80
23 111x8510x0 SOVEREIGN AWARD M 6 Danny O’Brien 101
24 1111x1021x STILL A STAR M 5 Bill Ryan 103
25 3610×32111 TURAATH (GB) M 5 Maddie Raymond 81
26 3330x2910x TYCHE GODDESS M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
27 0x14115x45 ZOU DANCER M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 86
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Let’s Elope Stakes Form Guide

The Let’s Elope Stakes form guide gives punters all the must know information on the race and its runners like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs. A Cockram Stakes run last time out and ability at Flemington are key pointers to look out for in the form guide.

Let’s Elope Stakes form has stacked up in better races plenty of times over the years. In 2013 Dear Demi (7th) went on to run third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) as well as running second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) that spring.

Also in 2013 the Let’s Elope Stakes runner-up Catkins went on to run second to stablemate Red Tracer in the Myer Classic later that campaign.

In 2020 the upset Let’s Elope Stakes winner Pretty Brazen ran a next-up third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, while the runner-up Arcadia Queen further franked the form running third in the Underwood before winning both the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) in the subsequent weeks.

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Let’s Elope Stakes Tips

Let’s Elope Stakes tips include looking for the best mares out of the Cockram Stakes with proven form at the Flemington track and over 1400m. Mares that contested the previous year’s Let’s Elope Stakes race and ran well also make a good tip, as do those coming off winning form in other Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up races.

2021 Let’s Elope Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Let’s Elope Stakes 2021 betting tips and Group 2 predictions will be detailed in full below a day or two out from race day so stay tuned for the mares to back this spring.

  • Best Roughie: #3 Quantum Mechanic ($20 at time of publish) 

Love the 19/1 price first-up for this consistent Deep Field mare who is proven at HQ (4:1-2-1). She was so good when constantly underrated going around at similar odds all autumn only to “surprise” again and again. Last run at Flemington produced a second behind Sovereign Award in the Group 3 Matron Stakes before she went to The Valley to claim the Group 2 Sunline Stakes. Two late autumn runs were back-to-back thirds in Sydney including the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. No doubt a mile is her preferred, but fresh at 1400m she’s a genuine hope at big odds.

Let’s Elope Stakes Results

A mix of single and double-figure runners have won the Let’s Elope Stakes in the past decade and the most notable recent upset was by Pretty Brazen ($20 in 2020).

Noteworthy Let’s Elope Stakes winners include Commanding Jewel (2013-14), Pinker Pinker (2011) and Mannerism (1992).

Notable recent McEwen Stakes winners include Chautauqua (2015), Buffering (2011), Hay List (2010) and Miss Andretti (2006).

Let’s Elope Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Turaath Mystic Journey Still A Star 1:23.6
2020 Pretty Brazen Arcadia Queen Bonvicini 1:22.8
2019 Spanish Whisper Miss Siska Fidelia 1:22.2
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
2005 Dea Timbourina Catscan 1:23.3
2004 Beautiful Gem Galvanized Demerger 1:24.4
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