Lets Elope Champion Racehorse
Lets Elope Wins Melbourne And Caulfield Cup Double
Foaled in New Zealand in 1987, Let’s Elope will always be remembered for breaking a streak of more than 50 years where a mare had not won the equally rare feat of a Cups double-winning both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same season during 1991. This had not been done since 1939.
She was obtained for $16,500 in 1989, trained by Dave O’Sulllivan for a time, but unraced as a two-year-old. She won first up as a three-year-old in 1990, but did little beyond that, resulting in her sale, where she came under the tutelage of Bart Cummings.
Lets Elope’s sire was the American Nassipour and her dam was New Zealand’s Sharon Jane. Her lines extended all over the world, with Great Britain being especially well represented via Hyperion and 1915’s Gainsborough. Lets Elope Australian Thoroughbred
Let's Elope As A 4YO
As a four-year-old, Lets Elope struggled on wet tracks before winning seven consecutive, the Turnbull and the weight-for-age VRC Makinnon Stakes, Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, and then as a five-year-old, the Orr and St. George Stakes, followed by the Australian Cup.
She had to be spelled after an injury but by this time she was securely ensconced as the 1992 Horse of the Year.
Soon after, she won a match race against Better Loosen Up, but was a close second to Super Impose in the Cox Plate before being dropped to fifth place for interference.
Health issues again confronted her before Lets Elope tried her luck in Japan, where she again experienced problems. She then went to the United States, where she had minor success, but was forced into retirement by bleeding issues.
Lets Elope was considered something of a disappointment from a breeding perspective, producing only one Group 1 competitor. This was Ustinov, whose best result was a Group 2 win. She is still producing at this time.
None the less, Let’s Elope did produce some very impressive results over the course of her racing career. She had eleven wins of 26 starts, five thirds and 10 DNPs.
Career Earnings Over 3 Million
Her career earnings well exceeded $3 million, which places her in the top fifty on the list of earnings. Her record includes four Group 1 wins, three Group 2 victories, and one Group 3.
In addition to her 1992 Horse of the Year honours, Lets Elope was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.