Let’s Elope Stakes

Let's Elope Stakes, Flemington Racecourse

Looking for early info on this year’s Let’s Elope Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 1,400 metres, the Let’s Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race taking place at Flemington Racecourse. With a $200,000 prize purse, it attracts a quality line-up of mares each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and takes place on Makybe Diva Stakes Day in mid-September. 

From 1987-1993 the event ran as the Milady Stakes before being renamed in honour of Let’s Elope who won the 1991 Melbourne Cup.

The Let’s Elope Stakes has held its current Group 2 status since 2009 and serves as an excellent lead up into the Empire Rose Stakes, a Group 1 race formerly known as the Myer Classic. Rose Of Portland (1996) was the last to complete the Let’s Elope Stakes – Empire Rose Stakes double. 

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, September 12th, 2020 
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights (with penalties)
  • Qualification: Mares four years and over (maidens ineligible)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Flemington Racecourse
  • Prize Purse: $200,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1987
  • 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes Winner: Pretty Brazen

let’s elope stakes 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 12, 2020.

  1. #3 Pretty Brazen
  2. #1 Arcadia Queen
  3. #7 Bonvicini

The 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes results saw an upset win by the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Sandown Guineas winner Pretty Brazen ($20) who improved on her first-up run to flash home and defeat Group 1 champ Arcadia Queen ($3.80) ahead of a potential seven day back-up into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 9 58kg $20
2 1 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0.2L 12 58kg $3.80
3 7 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0.95L 3 57kg $21
4 9 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Ben Melham 1.05L 1 55kg $16
5 11 SOUTHBANK Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 2.55L 5 55kg $31
6 12 LADY LOFT Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 2.75L 7 55kg $101
7 10 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Craig Williams 3.25L 2 55kg $26
8 2 SAVATIANO James Cummings Mark Zahra 3.35L 4 58kg $2.70F
9 6 SPANISH REEF Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 3.55L 11 57kg $31
10 13 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Michael Dee 4.3L 13 55kg $21
11 5 MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 6.8L 6 58kg $7
12 8 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 8.05L 10 55kg $21
13 4 SHROUDED IN MIST Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 8.35L 8 58kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Let’s Elope Stakes Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Let’s Elope Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Let’s Elope Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Let’s Elope Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Let’s Elope Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Let’s Elope Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Let’s Elope Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Let’s Elope Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Let’s Elope Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Let’s Elope Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Let’s Elope Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Let’s Elope Stakes

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Let’s Elope Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Odds

Early market odds on the Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes here once betting opens. 

Which Horse Will Win The Let’s Elope Stakes

The best way to pick who will win the Let’s Elope Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Upsets Likely – A mixture of mares offering double and single digit odds have won this race in recent years, so don’t depend on the odds going into this one. The last double-figure winner to score an upset was Pretty Brazen ($20 in 2020). 
  • Best Lead Up -.Mares that went well in the Cockram Stakes are worth keeping an eye on. Because this is a four years and older race, you might want to check out if any of this year’s field did well in last year’s Let’s Elope Stakes field.

Let’s Elope Stakes Favourites

Early favourites for the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes include Group 1 winner Arcadia Queen who has been plagued with injuries of late and Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes heroine Savatiano for Godolphin. 

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Field

The official Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 field will be released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

Thirteen class mares make-up the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes final field including the favourite Savatiano for Godolphin coming off a Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes win and Group 1 winning Perth visitor Arcadia Queen looking to return to her best from a wide draw (12).

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 00×3091533 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Ben Melham 1 55kg 86
10 7421283×45 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 Beau Mertens 7 55kg 71
13 736x3133x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Michael Dee 13 55kg 76

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Tips

Favourite: #2 Savatiano ($2.50 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Savatiano 

Best Roughie: #5 My Gold Bracelet ($10 at time of publish) 

Our insider 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes tips will be detailed here the week of the race. You can also check out the Neds Blog for all the spring’s best betting tips and previews.

Let’s Elope Stakes Race Day

The Let’s Elope Stakes takes place on Saturday, the 12th of September, 2020 as part of Makybe Diva Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse. The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m). 

The other key support acts on the card include the:

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Barrier Draw

The 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and available in our above Let’s Elope Stakes Field section. 

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Nominations

Nominations close by 12:00 PM on Monday, the 7th of September, 2020.

The 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes nominations feature 21 mares including first-up Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner Savatiano, star WA-trained mare Arcadia Queen who also holds an entry for the Group 1 Makybe Diva and Group 1 placed Nudge for master Sydney horseman Chris Waller.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 736x3133x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER M 4 Dan O’Sullivan 76
2 3111x105x5 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
3 17104x180x BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
4 228×556150 EL QUESTRO M 7 Allison Sheehan 82
5 421x438P0x FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
6 x8333835x0 FIDELIA M 5 Robbie Griffiths
7 x17118x30x I AM ELOQUENT M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
8 1x8398x532 LADY LOFT M 6 Julius Sandhu 71
9 552x0540x0 MISSILE MANTRA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 41x11x3 MY GOLD BRACELET (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
11 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller
12 78x13116x4 PARADEE M 4 Danny O’Brien 82
13 481x0112x1 PERFECT JEWEL M 6 Grant & Alana Williams 106
14 81151x22x7 PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 01x12766x1 SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 111
16 00×3091533 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 86
17 228x10016x SHROUDED IN MIST M 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
18 11210×1 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 76
19 x1223x670x SOUTHBANK M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 82
20 130x53640x SPANISH REEF M 7 Ken & Kasey Keys
21 7421283×45 STREET ICON M 5 Kevin Corstens 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Weights

Set weights with penalties apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Monday, the 7th of September, 2020 and will be published in our above Let’s Elope Stakes Field section. 

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 9th of September, 2020 and will be available in our above Let’s Elope Stakes Field section

Let’s Elope Stakes 2020 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, the 9th of September, 2020 and will be published in our above Let’s Elope Stakes Field section. 

Let’s Elope Stakes Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 12th of September, 2020.

Let’s Elope Stakes Prize Money

The Let’s Elope Stakes prize purse is worth $200,000 in total, distributed from places first through eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $120,000
2nd $36,000
3rd $18,000
4th $9,000
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000

Let’s Elope Stakes Race Number

The Let’s Elope Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 3 at 1:05pm (AEST) on Saturday, the 12th of September, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Let’s Elope Stakes Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Let’s Elope Stakes has been released.

Let’s Elope Stakes Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 Let’s Elope Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Let’s Elope Stakes Winners

Winners of the Let’s Elope Stakes going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going further back in history, please visit our winners page for this race.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2020 Pretty Brazen Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 58 kgs 1:22.84
2019 Spanish Whisper David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Mark Zahra 58 kgs 1:22.23
2018 I Am A Star Shane Nichols Ben Melham 58 kgs 1:23.11
2017 Sword Of Light Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 56 kgs 1:23.50
2016 Don’t Doubt Mamma Tony McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 58 kgs 1:24.58
2015 Amicus Chris Waller Craig Newitt 58 kgs 1:23.07
2014 Commanding Jewel Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Oliver 59 kgs 1:23.61
2013 Commanding Jewel Leon Corstens Ben Melham 57 kgs 1:23.08
2012 Zurella Shaune Ritchie Craig Newitt 55 kgs 1:23.38
2011 Pinker Pinker Greg Eurell Glen Boss 56.5 kgs 1:23.80
2010 No Evidence Needed John Thompson James Winks 53.5 kgs 1:26.85
2009 Cats Whisker Mark Kavanagh Steven King 54.5 kgs 1:25.01
2008 Mimi Lebrock Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 56.5 kgs 1:23.25
2007 Devil Moon Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 55.5 kgs 1:23.45
2006 Rewaaya David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 53 kgs 1:24.28
2005 Dea Kevin Corstens Stephen Baster 57 kgs 1:23.36
2004 Beautiful Gem Lee Freedman Nick Ryan 55.5 kgs 1:24.44
2003 Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Barbara Joseph Damien Oliver 57 kgs 1:24.42
2002 Purple Groove Tony Noonan Nash Rawiller 55.5 kgs 1:24.90
2001 Flushed Ken Keys Noel Callow 58.5 kgs 1:24.56
2000 Mr. Innocent Mal Gerrard Glen Colless 57kg 1:20.55