Let’s Elope Stakes 2018

Saturday September 15, 2018

Ladbrokes Tip: Let’s Elope Stakes graduates often continue onto the Myer Classic

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 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and recently upgraded Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m). Contested over 1400m at set weights plus penalties, the Let’s Elope Stakes offers $200,000 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). The Let’s Elope Stakes – Myer Classic double was last achieved by Rose Of Portland (2006).

The latest edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes took place on Saturday September 15, 2018.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Let’s Elope Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 15, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1987

Let’s Elope Stakes Betting & 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.

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.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The updated Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 betting odds and links to our Flemington Makybe Diva Stakes Day markets will be available right here the week of the race.

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 Myer Classic 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.

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.

Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

Let’s Elope Stakes nominations closed on Monday September 10, featuring the likes of Matt Laurie’s Moonlover and Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra’s four-year old mare Sheezdashing.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x477100x43 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 5 Shane Nichols 1 58kg 106
2 1x311161x4 BELLA MARTINI M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 58kg 93
3 4x650610x0 SPECIAL ALERT M 4 Andrew Noblet 3 58kg 78
4 73211x209x PAYROLL M 6 Shawn Mathrick 4 57kg 102
5 x31164x60x QUILATE M 6 Michael Kent 5 57kg 95
6 x701003310 MISS GUNPOWDER M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 55kg 100
7 1311214x0x KENEDNA M 5 Darren Weir 7 55kg 93
8 720x2220x8 SAMOVARE M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 55kg 97
9 90x446x5x1 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 55kg 104
10 6126x55x41 MERRIEST M 5 Danny O’Brien 10 55kg 94
11 56x687x580 JENNIFER LYNN M 5 John McArdle 11 55kg 76
12 0x121216x1 MRS GARDENIA (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 12 55kg 92
13 0x85313336 MOONLOVER M 5 Matt Laurie 13 55kg 82
14 5x4542223x SHEEZDASHING M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 14 55kg 88
15 x32446x3x4 PETITION M 5 Anthony Freedman 15 55kg 89
16 9×64436541 SPANNER HEAD M 5 Archie Alexander 16 55kg 80
17 1510×30251 BELLARIA (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 17 55kg 91

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Field

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 Final Field & Barriers are out on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below as soon as announced.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x477100x43 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 13 58kg 106
2 1x311161x4 BELLA MARTINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 58kg 93
3 73211x209x PAYROLL Shawn Mathrick Brett Prebble 5 57kg 102
4 x31164x60x QUILATE Michael Kent Ethan Brown (a) 3 57kg 95
5 x701003310 MISS GUNPOWDER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 11 55kg 100
6 1311214x0x KENEDNA Darren Weir 2 55kg 93
7 720x2220x8 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jordan Childs 12 55kg 97
8 6126x55x41 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 55kg 94
9 90x446x5x1 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 1 55kg 104
10 56x687x580 JENNIFER LYNN John McArdle Jamie Mott 8 55kg 76
11 0x121216x1 MRS GARDENIA (NZ) Darren Weir 4 55kg 92
12 5x4542223x SHEEZDASHING Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 6 55kg 88
13 x32446x3x4 PETITION Anthony Freedman Jye McNeil 9 55kg 89
14 1510×30251 BELLARIA (NZ) Darren Weir 10 55kg 91

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.

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.

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 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.

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 Amicus ($13 in 2015). 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).

2018 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2018 results and finishing order will be available below once the race takes place on Makybe Diva Stakes Day, held on Saturday September 15, 2018.

Let’s Elope Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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