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.
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|
|6||x701003310||MISS GUNPOWDER||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||6||55kg||–||100|
|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|
|11||56x687x580||JENNIFER LYNN||M||5||John McArdle||11||55kg||–||76|
|12||0x121216x1||MRS GARDENIA (NZ)||M||5||Darren Weir||12||55kg||–||92|
|14||5x4542223x||SHEEZDASHING||M||4||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||14||55kg||–||88|
|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|
|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
|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|