Let’s Elope Stakes

Group 2

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    Date: Sep 12, 2020
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    Racecourse: Flemington
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    Race Distance: 1,400m
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    Prize Money: $200,000

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.

Let’s Elope Stakes Field

NoLast 10HorseTrainerJockeyBarrierWeightPenaltyHcp Rating
13111x105x5ARCADIA QUEENGrant & Alana WilliamsWilliam Pike1258kg110
201x12766x1SAVATIANOJames CummingsMark Zahra458kg111
381151x22x7PRETTY BRAZENTony & Calvin McEvoyLuke Currie958kg90
4228x10016xSHROUDED IN MISTTony & Calvin McEvoyJohn Allen858kg93
541x11x3MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Damien Oliver658kg84
6130x53640xSPANISH REEFKen & Kasey KeysCraig Newitt1157kg101
717104x180xBONVICINICiaron Maher & David EustaceJye McNeil357kg84
8x8333835x0FIDELIARobbie GriffithsDean Yendall1055kg91
900x3091533SHE SHAO FLYKevin CorstensBen Melham155kg86
107421283x45STREET ICONKevin CorstensCraig Williams255kg83
11x1223x670xSOUTHBANKAnthony & Sam FreedmanBilly Egan555kg82
121x8398x532LADY LOFTJulius Sandhu755kg71
13736x3133x5AFFAIR TO REMEMBERDan O'SullivanMichael Dee1355kg76

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.


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)