Let’s Elope Stakes 2017

Saturday September 16, 2017

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 16, 2017 .

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sword Of Light
  • 2nd: #11 Swampland
  • 3rd: #16 Lovani

Let’s Elope Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
  • 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.

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Odds

The updated Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 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 close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Field

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers are out on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below as soon as announced.

In 2017 the Let’s Elope Stakes field attracted a capacity line-up of mares including returning Queensland Derby third placegetter Ana Royale, the reigning Myer Classic winner I Am A Star and the Mick Price-trained Oregon’s Day coming off a 1400m win at Caulfield a fortnight ago.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x271183x47 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 5 59kg 107
2 x4x101x438 SERENELY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 9 58kg 79
3 9x23815x81 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 16 57kg 90
4 172233183x ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Luke Currie 6 57kg 91
5 1113x256x6 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 2 57kg 77
6 60471x67x2 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 8 56kg 93
7 5x342117x5 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 13 56kg 84
8 849x30411x EXOCET Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 15 56kg 85
9 11x1380x00 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 12 55kg 94
10 1226411194 SCHISM Ciaron Maher Beau Mertens (a) 1 55kg 95
11 5×43261112 SWAMPLAND (NZ) Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 4 55kg 82
12 6x577683x5 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Daniel Stackhouse 10 55kg 80
13 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 11 55kg 92
14 x641037444 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 14 55kg 78
15 x21331551x LET HER RIP (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Dwayne Dunn 18 55kg 88
16 115×402110 LOVANI Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 7 55kg 72
17e 11x350x173 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell TBA 3 55kg 86
18e 25x34067x7 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Ben Melham 17 55kg 82

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.

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 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).

2017 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2017 results and finishing order will be available below once the race takes place on Makybe Diva Stakes Day, held on Saturday September 16, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 12 56kg $18
2 11 SWAMPLAND (NZ) Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 0.4L 4 55kg $5.50
3 16 LOVANI Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 1.15L 6 55kg $41
4 14 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 1.55L 13 55kg $81
5 12 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Daniel Stackhouse 2.55L 9 55kg $41
6 10 SCHISM Ciaron Maher Beau Mertens (a) 2.85L 1 55kg $9.50
7 1 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 3.05L 5 59kg $3.70F
8 5 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3.15L 2 57kg $14
9 2 SERENELY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 3.25L 8 58kg $31
10 8 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 3.35L 14 56kg $31
11 15 LET HER RIP (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Dwayne Dunn 3.85L 16 55kg $41
11 6 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 3.85L 7 56kg $26
13 13 HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 4.6L 10 55kg $26
14 17e WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell Ben Melham 4.8L 3 55kg $15
15 3 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 5L 15 57kg $5.50
16 9 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5.3L 11 55kg $101
18e PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Ben Melham 0
4 ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Luke Currie 0

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