Let’s Elope Stakes

Let’s Elope Stakes

Group Two Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2024
Location: Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $300,000
Distance: 1400m

The Let’s Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares which features during the Melbourne Spring Carnival at Flemington.

Run over 1400m for a stake of $300,000, the Let’s Elope Stakes is held in mid-September under set weight and penalty conditions. It is typically won by classy mares which have good form coming into the race and punters often find a good price for the winner.

One of the most famous wins came in 2011 when the ill-fated Pinker Pinker won the Let’s Elope Stakes before winning the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley later that spring.

There has been plenty of spring carnival form come out of the Let’s Elope for races such as the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and other top thoroughbred races.


2024 Let’s Elope Stakes Betting Odds

Odds for the 2024 Let’s Elope Stakes are currently unavailable.


Best Let’s Elope Stakes bookmakers

The Let’s Elope isn’t one of the star races of the spring carnival, so bookmakers won’t open early all-in markets. Bookmakers will open markets for the Let’s Elope throughout the week of the race, but punters will still get great odds and the best value.

All of our recommended bookmakers offer betting on the Let’s Elope and bookmaker bonuses will also be available in the days leading up to the race.

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Latest Let’s Elope Stakes News

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Let’s Elope Stakes form guide

The Cockram Stakes is a good form guide for the Let’s Elope Stakes. Held two weeks prior, the Cockram Stakes hasn’t produced any recent winners of the Let’s Elope, but there has been some quality placings recorded.

Mid Summer Music won the Cockram in 2011 before finishing second in the Let’s Elope behind subsequent Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker. That was followed by Lady Melksham in 2012 which won well in the Cockram and wasn’t entirely disappointing when running third behind Zurella.

Commanding Jewel used the Cockram as a warm-up for the Let’s Elope and in 2014 it finished third before running two weeks later and winning its second Let’s Elope Stakes. It’s a race punters should definitely look at as a good form guide.

Amicus entered the race on the back of winning the Toy Show Quality at Randwick. Held in mid-August, the Toy Show is a group three over 1300m and the likes of Hidden Kisses and Red Tracer have been winners, so it could pay to follow form out of that race.

Horses that run in the Let’s Elope have also performed well later in the spring. We have mentioned Pinker Pinker winning the Cox Plate, but Dear Demi finished seventh in 2013 before running third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.

Mid Summer Music ran second in the Let’s Elope in 2011 before running third in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint and the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington. It would later win a Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm which is form that should be respected.


2024 Let’s Elope Stakes Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Let’s Elope Stakes final field is released.


Previous Let’s Elope Stakes Field

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Amelia’s Jewel
    Simon Miller
    Damian Lane
    15
    58.5kg
    2 Silks
    See You In Heaven
    Richard & Chantelle Jolly
    Craig Williams
    8
    57.5kg
    3 Silks
    Shuffle Dancer
    Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
    Luke Nolen
    12
    57.5kg
    4 Silks
    Caste
    Ben, Will & JD Hayes
    Michael Dee
    11
    57.5kg
    5 Silks
    Foxy Frida
    Andrew Noblet
    Billy Egan
    4
    57kg
    6 Silks
    Wrote To Arataki
    Matthew Williams
    Mark Zahra
    3
    57kg
    7 Silks
    Papillon Club
    Greg Eurell
    Ben Melham
    14
    57kg
    8 Silks
    El Patroness
    Danny O’Brien
    Jye McNeil
    2
    55kg
    9 Silks
    Sparkle
    Danny O’Brien
    Jye McNeil
    1
    55kg
    10 Silks
    Elusive Express
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Jamie Kah
    7
    55kg
    11 Silks
    Toregene
    Matthew Williams
    John Allen
    5
    55kg
    12 Silks
    Pride Of Jenni
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Declan Bates
    10
    55kg
    13 Silks
    Pippali
    Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
    Carleen Hefel
    6
    55kg
    14 Silks
    Life Lessons
    Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
    Daniel Stackhouse
    9
    55kg
    15 Silks
    Tajneed
    Peter & Paul Snowden
    TBC
    13
    55kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Yearning
    Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
    Damien Thornton
    8
    59kg
    2 Silks
    Glint Of Hope
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Blake Shinn
    10
    59kg
    3 Silks
    La Dragontea
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    Jamie Kah
    15
    58kg
    4 Silks
    Elusive Express
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    Craig Williams
    2
    58kg
    5 Silks
    Kissonallforcheeks
    Nick Ryan
    Mark Zahra
    14
    57kg
    6 Silks
    Flying Mascot
    Tom Dabernig
    Blaike McDougall
    5
    57kg
    7 Silks
    Rich Hips
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Michael Dee
    6
    57kg
    8 Silks
    Daisies
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Ethan Brown
    1
    57kg
    9 Silks
    Steinem
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Jye McNeil
    13
    57kg
    10 Silks
    Foxy Frida
    Andrew Noblet
    Damien Oliver
    8
    56kg
    11 Silks
    Lady Of Honour
    Ben & JD Hayes
    Jake Noonan
    3
    56kg
    12 Silks
    Fortunate Kiss
    Daniel Bowman
    Harry Coffey
    7
    55kg
    13 Silks
    Tokorangi
    Mike Moroney
    Daniel Stackhouse
    11
    55kg
    14 Silks
    I Am Bene
    Andrew Clarken
    Ben Melham
    4
    55kg
    15 Silks
    Cuban Link
    Greg Eurell
    Damian Lane
    12
    55kg

2023 Let’s Elope Stakes result


1stAmelia’s Jewel (-105.26)
2ndLife Lessons (+510)
3rdEl Patroness (+1700)

Recent Let’s Elope Stakes winners

  • Amelia’s Jewel ($1.90) has coasted home in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday, kicking-off what’s bound to be an impressive trip to the eastern states for the mare trained out of Western Australia. Jockey Damien Lane went straight to the rear of the field from a wide draw (14) but ensured the four-year-old gained a three-wide position with cover throughout the contest. It was a one-act affair turning for home as Amelia’s Jewel powered over the top of his rivals, barely seeing the daughter of Siyouni get out of first gear to round them up over the 1400m.
  • Jockey turned trainer Nick Ryan celebrated his maiden Group success when WA mare Kissonallforcheeks saluted in the 2022 Let’s Elope Stakes. Kissonallforcheeks ($3.60) became eligible for a $1 million bonus if she wins the Empire Rose Stakes when she wore down leader Lady Of Honour ($13) at Flemington. Kissonallforcheeks firmed from $5 to start at $3.60, accounting for more than 30 per cent of the bookmakers’ hold on the race and she duly rewarded her supporters. Despite still needing to make up three-lengths with 200m to go, Mark Zahra managed to get every bit out of the classy mare to wear down the leader and in doing so managed to fend off the fast-finishing Yearning ($31).
  • The Maddie Raymond-trained Turaath was forced to travel three wide with no cover up on speed, but proved too strong late for her rivals in the 2021 Let’s Elope Stakes. The mare looked to have enjoyed racing in clear air despite being wide upon settling, but the $5.50 chance managed to kick clear of her rivals late on to secure her maiden Group success. Tasmanian pair Mystic Journey ($14)and Still A Star ($6) managed to fill the placings, but they were never a winning chance at Turaath would go on to win by 1.25 in somewhat arrogant fashion.
  • Sent around as a $20 outsider, the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Pretty Brazen was back to her best in the Let’s Elope Stakes. Aided by a beautiful ride under Luke Currie, the Brazen beau mare was there to bounce on vulnerable leaders 200m out from home. Once she hit the front, she put a length or two on her rivals in quick time and despite peaking on her run late, Pretty Brazen had enough of a break to hold out the smart Arcadia Queen ($3.80) by a neck. Fellow outsider Bonvicini ($21) ran on with intent, but it was all honours to Pretty Brazen.
  • Former Kiwi mare Spanish Whisper was at her professional best when securing the 2019 Let’s Elope Stakes. Sent around as a $6.50 chance, the Lindsay Park prospect was aided by a perfect run in transit under Mark Zahra where the pair lobbed in the one-one position throughout the 1400m event. Despite the official margin back to Miss Siska ($13) being a half-length and a further nose back to Fidelia ($3.60), the win was much more impressive than what it might read on paper. Placed in Group 1 company in New Zealand, co-trainer Tom Dabernig suggest post-race that the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) would be a nice race for Spanish Whisper.
  • It was back-to-back double figure priced winners in the Let’s Elope Stakes after I Am A Star gripped on to win in a photo finish. Similar to the year before the winner and the second placed runner Bella Martini looked to be fighting out the finish, but it was the $10 I Am A Star that prevailed in a head bobbing finish.
  • It was a huge upset in the 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes as Sword Of Light raced away to win at odds of $17. Racing on the pace for the majority of the contest, co-leader Lovani and the eventual winner looked to be the only two chances coming into the latter stages of the race but it was the Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained runner which delivered when it mattered most.
  • Don’t Doubt Mamma scored the biggest win of its career in the 2016 Let’s Elope Stakes. The mare defied a track bias at Flemington by winning along the fence, which was playing off throughout the day. Thames Court and Manageress filled the placings. Read the full report here.
  • The first four positions were filled with horses paying double figures odds and it was the Chris Waller-trained Amicus which came out on top. The four-year-old settled back and produced a big finish with Craig Newitt in the saddle. The $500,000 sales purchase paid $15 to win over Precious Gem ($41) and May’s Dream ($13). Race favourite Noble Protector finished 13th.
  • Commanding Jewel made it back-to-back wins in the Let’s Elope Stakes with a narrow victory. The five-year-old was the race favourite at $2.60 and held off the late challenge from Dear Demi to record a short-neck margin. It carried 59kg to victory and beat quality runners such as Gregers, Solicit and Lorna May.
  • Commanding Jewel won its first Let’s Elope Stakes in 2013 by seeing off the always-consistent Catkins by a half-length. It carried a lighter weight of 57kg on this occasion and paid $9 for the win. Bookmakers couldn’t decide on a firm favourite which ended up being A Time For Julia at an incredible $8. Three New Zealand-bred runners were entered with the best result coming with the John Sargent-trained Quintessential in fifth place.
  • Zurella was another upset winner at odds of $10. The four-year-old mare by Zabeel didn’t jump well, but jockey Craig Newitt showed his class by picking a path through the field and shooting away in the final 100m. The Kiwi runner trained by Shaune Ritchie carried a nice weight of only 55kg to victory and although it wasn’t the strongest field in history, it did manage to beat Hi Belle, Yosei and race favourite Lady Melksham.
  • Pinker Pinker won the Let’s Elope Stakes in 2011 prior to winning the Cox Plate at massive odds later in the year. The Greg Eurell-trained mare was respected in the market at $6.50 and it showed its fighting qualities by holding off Mid Summer Music by a neck. Race favourite and the highly-touted Parables finished a length back in third. The win gave three-time Melbourne Cup-winning rider Glen Boss another memorable win during the spring carnival.

Let’s Elope Stakes winners

Let’s Elope Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Amelia’s Jewel Damian Lane Simon Miller
2022 Kissonallforcheeks Mark Zahra Nick Ryan
2021 Turaath Damian Lane Maddie Raymond
2020 Pretty Brazen Luke Currie Tony & Calvin McEvoy
2019 Spanish Whisper Mark Zahra David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2018 I Am A Star Ben Melham Shane Nichols
2017 Sword Of Light Damian Lane Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2016 Don’t Doubt Mumma Dwayne Dunn Tony McEvoy
2015 Amicus Craig Newitt Chris Waller
2014 Commanding Jewel Damien Oliver Leon & Troy Corstens
2013 Commanding Jewel Ben Melham Leon Corstens
2012 Zurella Craig Newitt Shaune Ritchie
2011 Pinker Pinker Glen Boss Greg Eurell
2010 No Evidence Needed James Winks John Thompson
2009 Cats Whisker Steven King Mark Kavanagh
2008 Mimi Lebrock Michael Rodd Bart Cummings
2007 Devil Moon Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2006 Rewaaya Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
2005 Dea Stephen Baster Kevin Corstens
2004 Beautiful Gem Nick Ryan Lee Freedman
2003 Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Damien Oliver Barbara Joseph
2002 Purple Groove Nash Rawiller Tony Noonan
2001 Flushed Noel Callow Ken Keys
2000 Tickle My Darren Gauci Bruce Purcell

Let’s Elope Stakes winners pre-2000

Let’s Elope Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Zapeace
1998 Skyrocket
1997 Derobe
1996 Rose Of Portland
1995 Tolanda
1994 Amuse Us
1993 Rose Of Marizza
1992 Mannerism
1991 Shavano Miss
1990 Natural Wonder
1989 Rancheetah
1988 Riva Gleam
1987 Take My Picture
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