How Now Stakes
Winners and Past Results for the How Now Stakes
The How Now Stakes is a Group 3 race hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club.
The event is exclusively for mares four year old and upwards and is held annually at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne during the spring racing carnival in mid-September.
The race is held under set weight plus penalty conditions where horses travel over a distance of 1200 metres for a shot at prize money worth $125,000. The Sportingbet Sprint Series- Heat 2 Stakes is the other name by which the How Now Stakes is also known. The other Group 1 races such as Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Underwood Stakes, and the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes and Thousand Guineas Prelude are also held on the same day as the How Now Stakes. The race usually favours above average horses that can take advantage of the set weight conditions.
How Now Stakes is a comparatively new event in the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar. The first title was won by Snippet's Lass in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, this event was classified as a Listed Race and earned a Group 3 status in 2005.
Over the years the How Now Stakes was held under several different names which include the VATC Cranbourne Daihatsu Stakes, VATC Dairy Farmer's Milk Stakes, MRC Dubai Convention Bureau Stakes, the MRC Emirates Racing Association Stakes, and the MRC Dubai International Stakes, Since 2006, it has been held as the MRC How Now Stakes.
The Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes held at Flemington Racecourse over 1400 metres and the Group 3 Cockram Stakes held at the Caulfield track under similar conditions serve as lead up events for the How Now Stakes. Top sprinters in the event may continue their journey to the next level in the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes held over an extended distance of 1400 metres in October. Others may tackle the Group 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Winner in 2011, Sister Madly went on to finish runner's up in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes over the same distance at Moonee Valley, followed by another second spot in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield and a victory in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes at Flemington in October. Runner up, Valentine Miss, went on to finish sixth in the Sportingbet Series Final. Third placed Lone Rock, won the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington before making an entry in the How Now Stakes.
2012 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat (formerly How Now Stakes)
In form jockey Glen Boss settled Detours midfield as they left the gates, and while the mare was three-wide through the early and middle stages of the 1200 metre race she did have the benefit of some cover. At the 400 metre mark, Detours was asked for extra effort and pushed forward, and as soon as the field hit the straight she piled on the pace with a decisive sprint that took her clear. Detours never looked threatened once she had made her move, going to the post well clear of her chasers to record a two length victory. Classy Chloe was second, half a length ahead of Mrs Onassis.
2012 (How Now Stakes) Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat result
2. Classy Chloe
3. Mrs Onassis
4. Soft Sand
6. Celebrity Girl
7. Total Attraction
8. Alberton Park
9. Hurtle Myrtle
10. Secret Liaison
11. Combat Kitty
12. Gossip Girl
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