Let's Elope legacy lives on
Twenty years after her Cups double, Let’s Elope is still making a name for herself with the success of her four-year-old son Outback Joe at Mildura. The Patrick Payne-trained gelding became just the fifth foal from the 1991 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup heroine to win, taking out the Centrebet Membership Offer Maiden Plate (2000m) on Monday.
The son of Elvstroem stormed home from the rear of the field to score by a half head from Shadow Dance.
Let’s Elope has been a disappointment at stud after a promising start with her first four foals – Yes I Will (1996), Over The Moon (1997), Ustinov (1998) and Caught Courting (1999) – all winners.
Since 2000, twice she has slipped her foals, once she missed, one died and four are unraced.
Ustinov is by far the most successful of her progeny, having won the Group Two AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley.
He also finished second in the Caulfield Guineas after also finishing runner-up in the Group One Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old.
A former Australian Racehorse of the Year, Let’s Elope won 11 races from 1400 metres to 3200 metres and more than $3.2 million in prize money.