How Now Stakes


Date: Saturday 19th September 2015
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Mares – Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2014 Winner: Girl Guide

The How Now Stakes is an intensive and energy sapping Group 3 sprint race run under set weights at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne Victoria in South East Australia. The event is run over 1200M and is today worth up to $150,000 in prize money. The How Now Stakes is exclusive to mares only and for the last few years, the race was actually run as the Heat 2 Stakes.

In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the race will be held on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes which should be a great line up for thrilling racing. The How Now Stakes is often a stage for above average or more than handy sprinters looking to make a name in the Melbourne Spring. The Group 3 Cockram Stakes or the Let’s Elope Stakes are considered the best build up races for this event.

As for horses that perform well in the race, taking on the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes or the Group 2 Rose of Kingston Stakes can be a great progression. In recent years, the How Now Stakes has largely been won by in form and talented mares most of who have also gone on to make a mark in other big races in the Carnival. Mosheen back in 2012 came close to a How Now Stakes and Rose of Kingston Stakes double after finishing fifth in the former on course towards a well earned victory in the later.

In 2013, Catkins also was close to a double victory in both the How Now Stakes and the Let’s Elope Stakes after winning the How Now Stakes in 2013 on course towards a second placed finish in the Let’s Elope Stakes. The How Now Stakes in years to come is expected to continue playing an important role in unearthing remarkable sprinting talent from different parts of the country. In 2014 though, the event will be a major highlight in the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

How Now Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Girl Guide A Time For Julia Shamal Wind 1:10.2
2013 Catkins Hi Belle Flash Of Doubt 1:12.5
2012 Detours Classy Chloe Mrs Onassis 1:10.4
2011 Sister Madly Valentine Miss Lone Rock 1:10.3
2010 Valentine Miss I’m A Hussy Red Flair 1:09.3
2009 Velocitea Neroli Dollops 1:11.4
2008 Vivacious Spirit Benatar Vormista 1:10.5
2007 Miss Judgement Juste Momente Flying Object 1.09:8
2006 Queen Of The Hill Megadeal Nuclear Free 1:10.9
2005 Sarah Michelle =1 Brindabella =1 Little Chloe 1:13.9
2004 Strikeline Solar Antiquity Skewiff 1:10.5
2003 Lovely Jubly Infinite Grace Astaroth 1:09.0
2002 Taimana Calming Galapagos Girl 1:09.8
2001 Miss Power Bird Purple Groove Dynamic Love 1:11.3
2000 Piavonic Nova Clause Clemens Belle 1:10.3
1999 Snippets Lass Rose Of Dane Blazing Aura 1:10.0