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The Lets Elope Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares held at Flemington racecourse annually each September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Lets Elope Stakes was won by Don't Doubt Mamma from Thames Court with Manageress third.
Named after former champion mare 'Let's Elope', the race was previously a listed event known as the 'Milady Stakes' up until 1994 before becoming a Group 3 race in 2005. It was afforded Group 2 status in 2009 and takes place on the same day as the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
The Lets Elope Stakes is a race for mares only and the set weight & penalty conditions of the race favours the more talented females entered for the event. Those females with higher average prizemoney and better race records typically rise to the occasion for this event.
Generally a capacity field of above average mares will contest the Lets Elope Stakes and they may have come via a race such as the Gr3 Cockram Stakes held earlier in the carnival at Caulfield.
The upcoming Gr3 How Now Stakes held at Caulfield on Gr1 Underwood Stakes day or the Gr2 WH Stocks Stakes on Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes night at Moonee Valley may be next on the agenda for mares contesting this race. Catkins (2nd in 2013) won the How Now Stakes after finishing runner-up in the Let's Elope Stakes beforehand, while Fenway (9th in 2015) claimed the WH Stocks Stakes at her next start.
Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) ran fifth in the Cockram Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before scoring a fast finishing victory in this event and recent Let's Elope Stakes winners include Amicus (2015) and Commanding Jewel (2013-2014).
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Catkins (2nd in 2013) went on to have a very consistent spring winning the How Now Stakes at Caulfield and the Gr3 Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley, and placing in the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes and Gr1 Myer Classic at Flemington, the latter on Derby Day on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Classy mare Dear Demi (7th in 2013) ran third in both the Underwood Stakes and Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield before finishing runner-up in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.
Ill fated mare Pinker Pinker (2011) went on to finish runner-up in Gr 2 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley and Gr1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick before scoring an upset victory in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley courtesy of a brilliant Craig Williams ride.
Consistent mare Lady Lynette (4th in 2011) finished third in the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley, then won the Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington, before finishing third in the Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley.
Response (2nd in 2010) went on to win the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield and turned the tables on No Evidence Needed (2010) who finished second in the same race.
2016 Lets Elope Stakes result
1. $6.50 Don't Doubt Mamma 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $8.50 Thames Court 57.0 Ryan Maloney
3. $26.00 Manageress 55.0 Chris Parnham
4. $18.00 Jessy Belle 55.0 Patrick Moloney
5. $21.00 Metaphorical 55.0 Luke Currie
6. $20.00 Catch A Fire 58.0 Damian Lane
7. $10.00 French Emotion 55.0 Ben Melham
8. $5.50 Telopea 55.0 Damien Oliver
9. $13.00 Rockolicious 55.0 Michael Dee
10. $14.00 Egypt 55.0 Craig Williams
11. $12.00 C'est Beau La Vie 55.5 Luke Nolen
12. $21.00 My Sister Lil 55.0 Dom Tourneur
13. $8.50 Badawiya 59.0 Craig Newitt
14. $41.00 Choose 55.0 Ben E Thompson
15. $101.00 Champagne Cocktail 55.0 Darren Gauci
16 $26.00 All Cerise 55.0 Daniel Stackhouse
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.4 len Time: 1:24.58
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