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.
Several mares are heading 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 next edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes takes place on Saturday 10th September, 2016.
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 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 in October.
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 close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.
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 rack 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.
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.
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 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).
2016 Let’s Elope Stakes Results
Let’s Elope Stakes Winners
|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|