Lets Elope Stakes

Let's Elope Stakes 2014

Sat, 13 September 2014

The Let's Elope Stakes is run at Flemington each year in September for mares aged four years and older with set weights and penalties. The race is run over the 1400 metre circuit which starts in a chute with about 200 metres of straight track before the first bend. The bend is the longest of the two at Flemington, when it finishes horses have the 450 metre straight left to run. Historically races between the 1400 and 2500 metres at Flemington tend to favour the inside barriers.

The Let's Elope Stakes is a Group 2 race and was previously called the Milady Stakes before being renamed after the giant chestnut mare, who in 1991became famous for becoming the first mare in 50 years to get the Caulfield Cup - Melbourne Cup double. The race was reclassified as a Group 3 race in 2005 from its previous listed class, and then elevated to a Group 2 race in 2009. The race offers total prize money of $200,000 and strong momentum into other major races during the Australian Spring Carnival racing season.

In 2013 the race was won by Commanding Jewel paying $9, who was second-up after a ten month spell. Second in the race was Catkins $10 followed by A Time For Julia $8. Won of the best examples of horses who have used this race to spring board their Spring Carnival campaings is 2011 winner Pinker Pinker who went on to win the Cox Plate in the same year.

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