2017 How Now Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

How Now Stakes

The 2017 How Now Stakes is a highly anticipated Group 3 race for thoroughbred mares held mid-way through the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Conducted at the scenic Caulfield Racecourse in late September, the Group 3 How Now Stakes is a set weights plus penalties race for mares run over a 1,200m sprint distance.

The How Now Stakes is also known as the Sportingbet Sprint Series – Heat 2 Stakes.How Now Stakes

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The 2017 How Now Stakes will be held on Saturday, September 23rd.

The How Now Stakes is worth $150,000 in prize money and is often contested by mares that previously competed in earlier spring races including the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Mares that run in the How Now Stakes may progress onto other similar distanced mares-only events such as the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1400m) in October.

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The How Now Stakes is one of three excellent group races headlining Underwood Stakes Day. The marquee race at the meeting is the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). The day also features the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

The How Now Stakes was previously held on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day, which now includes the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

In other racing news, the Queensland Oaks is scheduled for early June and it has become a very popular Brisbane Racing Winter Carnival race. Currently open to 3-year-old fillies, it flaunts a prize money pool totalling $400,000 over a distance of 2,400 metres. Eagle Farm Racecourse plays host to the Queensland Oaks and is open to not only local punters, but bettors all around the country. Starting in 1951, the race is run towards late May and early June each year.

How Now Stakes History

First run in 1999, the How Now Stakes is one of the youngest feature races during the spring racing season.

The inaugural How Now Stakes winner was Snippet’s Lass and since then some quality mares have claimed victory including Lovely Jubly (2003) who set the race record winning in 1:09.0 and Velocitea (2009).

Originally called the Cranbourne Daihatsu Stakes, the race has undergone a number of name changes due to sponsorship and has previously been registered as the Dubai Convetion Bureau Stakes, Emirates Racing Association Stakes and Dubai International Stakes before becoming known as its current title in 2006.

The How Now Stakes was elevated from a Listed race to a Group 3 event in 2005, when Sarah Michelle and Brindabella ran a dead heat.

How Now Stakes Betting

The best lead-up race to the How Now Stakes that punters should keep an eye when making their betting selections is the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) in August as it is run at the same track over the same distance and under the same conditions.

Other factors that will affect your betting selections are the distances that each horse specialises in, and whether they’ve successfully proven themselves over similar distances in the past.

Overall, the most important thing to remember when betting on the How Now Stakes is to enjoy it – this isn’t a massive group feature with million dollar bets riding on it. Have a casual punt, do your study, and you might make a solid bet!

How Now Stakes News

A talented field has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting fillies and mares. Tycoon Tara clearly needed the run when sixth in the in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) first-up…