How Now Stakes Race Information

The How Now Stakes is a 1200 metre set weights plus penalties race for mares four-years-old and upwards run by the Melbourne Racing Club in September. It is held at Caulfield on the same day as the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 4YO & upwards Mares
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 18 November 2023

How Now Stakes Race History

See the 2023 How Now Stakes Preview and results

See the 2022 How Now Stakes Preview and results

See the 2021 How Now Stakes Preview and results

See the 2020 How Now Stakes Preview and results

The race was first held in 1999 as a Listed race over 1200m and was won by Snippets Lass. It was upgraded to a Group 3 race in 2005.

It is named after the brilliant filly How Now, who won the 1976 Underwood Stakes. In 2023 it was moved from mid-September to mid-November.

How Now Stakes Facts

Multiple winners: none

Fastest time (1200m): Lovely Jubly (2003) 1:09:01

Interesting trivia: There was a deadheat in 2005 between Sarah Michelle and Brindabella.

Past winners of the How Now Stakes

Winners of past How Now Stakes include Winter Bride (2018), Secret Agenda (2016), Politeness (2015), Catkins (2013), Sister Madly (2011), Velocitea (2009), Queen Of The Hill (2006), Lovely Jubly (2003), Miss Power Bird (2001) and Piavonic (2000).

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Rose Quartz Ghaanati She Dances
2022 Zapateo Lavish Girl Chain Of Lightning
2021 Bella Nipotina Chassis La Mexicana
2020 Felicia Broadwayandfourth Fiesta
2019 Manicure Angelic Ruler Dawn Dawn
2018 Winter Bride Ellicazoom Platinum Angel
2017 Savanna Amour Legless Veuve Ravi
2016 Secret Agenda Every Faith Exclusive Lass
2015 Politeness Griante Jessy Belle
2014 Girl Guide A Time For Julia Shamal Wind
2013 Catkins Hi Belle Flash Of Doubt
2012 Detours Classy Chloe Mrs Onassis
2011 Sister Madly Valentine Miss Lone Rock
2010 Valentine Miss I’m A Hussy Red Flair
2009 Velocitea Neroli Dollops
2008 Vivacious Spirit Benatar Vormista
2007 Miss Judgement Juste Momente Flying Object
2006 Queen Of The Hill Megadeal Nuclear Free
2005 Sarah Michelle
 * dead-heat 1st Little Chloe
2004 Strikeline Solar Antiquity Skewiff
2003 Lovely Jubly Infinite Grace Astaroth
2002 Taimana Calming Galapagos Girl
2001 Miss Power Bird Purple Groove Dynamic Love
2000 Piavonic Nova Clause Clemens Belle
1999 Snippets Lass Rose Of Dane Blazing Aura