The Let’s Elope Stakes is a Group 2 1400m race for mares four years and older at Flemington racecourse in Victoria.
In 2020 it will be run on Saturday, September 12, the same day as the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
The prize pool for Let’s Elope Stakes is $200,000 and it is run with set weights plus penalties. In 2019 it was won by Spanish Whisper with Mark Zahra on board. She beat out Miss Siska and Fidelia in what was a tight and exciting finish.
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The first Let’s Elope Stakes was run in 1987 and was won by Take My Picture. Back then it was known as the Milady Stakes, however, in 1994 it was renamed the Let’s Elope Stakes in honour of former Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup winner Let’s Elope.
Only one horse has ever won the race in consecutive years, with Commanding Jewel saluting in 2013 and 2014 for Leon Corstens.
Spanish Whisper. A quality mare takes out the Let's Elope Stakes.
A double for Lindsay Park Racing. pic.twitter.com/leccpkcEg2
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 14, 2019
Let’s Elope Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||3111x105x5||ARCADIA QUEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||12||58kg||110|
|2||01x12766x1||SAVATIANO||James Cummings||Mark Zahra||4||58kg||111|
|3||81151x22x7||PRETTY BRAZEN||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||9||58kg||90|
|4||228x10016x||SHROUDED IN MIST||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||John Allen||8||58kg||93|
|5||41x11x3||MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Damien Oliver||6||58kg||84|
|6||130x53640x||SPANISH REEF||Ken & Kasey Keys||Craig Newitt||11||57kg||101|
|7||17104x180x||BONVICINI||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||3||57kg||84|
|8||x8333835x0||FIDELIA||Robbie Griffiths||Dean Yendall||10||55kg||91|
|9||00x3091533||SHE SHAO FLY||Kevin Corstens||Ben Melham||1||55kg||86|
|10||7421283x45||STREET ICON||Kevin Corstens||Craig Williams||2||55kg||83|
|11||x1223x670x||SOUTHBANK||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Billy Egan||5||55kg||82|
|12||1x8398x532||LADY LOFT||Julius Sandhu||7||55kg||71|
|13||736x3133x5||AFFAIR TO REMEMBER||Dan O'Sullivan||Michael Dee||13||55kg||76|
The Let’s Elope Stakes has been a great race for those punters who have been able to find a winner, with the last five winners all recording a starting price of $6.50 or higher.
Last year’s winner, Spanish Whisper clocked an excellent time of 1:22.23 over the Flemington 1400m, and it stands as the best time in the race over the last 20 years. Despite the great time, it was still a long way behind Lovey’s course record at Flemington over 1400m, which is 1:20.60.
LET’S ELOPE STAKE WINNERS
2019 – Spanish Whisper (1:22.23)
2018 – I Am A Star (1:23.11)
2017 – Sword of Light (1:23.50)
2016 – Don’t Doubt Mamma (1:24.58)
2015 – Amicus (1:23.07)
2014 – Commanding Jewel (1:23.61)
2013 – Commanding Jewel (1:23.08)
2012 – Zurella (1:23.80)
2011 – Pinker Pinker (1:26.85)
2010 – No Evidence Needed (1:25.01)