Named to honour one of the great racing mares in Australian Turf history and still the only 3YO filly to win the Cox Plate, the Surround Stakes is conducted by the Australian Turf Club. The race is for 3YO Fillies held with the conditions of set weights. In 2016 the race will be held at Randwick and has been switched between Warwick Farm and Randwick over the years.
Total stakes for the race are $175,000 with the winner set to receive $105,000. Held over 1400m the race was first held in 1979 when won by Impede and was raised to its current Group 2 status in 1986.
Some of the better fillies to have won the race include Skating (1993), Staging (1998), Lotteria (2005), Gold Edition (2007) and More Joyous (2010).
The Surround Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Surround Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 27th February 2016|
|Race Time:||14:05 AEST|
|Race Type||3YOF SW|
|Previous Winner:||First Seal|
|2016 Surround Stakes Odds|
|1||SINGLE GAZE||2ND||$3.90 (p)|
|3||STAY WITH ME||3RD||$1.40 (p)|
A winner at her only 2 career starts in November last year, Ghisoni is a strong favourite with UBET having met with strong support. Her first win was against her own age and sex in winning a set weights maiden at Warwick Farm and 2nd up she was successful in a Benchmark 73 event. A member of the powerful Godolphin racing and trained by John O’Shea the filly will look to emulate the deeds of her dam Portillo who won this race in 2009.
1st up in the G2 Light Fingers last start, she was sent out favourite and struggled to get into the race when settling at the rear of the field. That run was her 1st since running 6th in the Group 1 Myer Classic at Flemington in the Spring. Prior to the Myer Classic she defeated subsequent Oaks winner Jameka in the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. She draws well in gate 4 and is expected to take marked improvement for her 1st up effort.
Finishing too well for her opponents to land the win in the Light Fingers, the Gerald Ryan trained runner looks well placed to make it back-to-back wins. Her Spring campaign featured 3 starts that culminated with 3rd in the Flight Stakes. Having raced in Group Races exclusively since running 5th in the Magic Millions Classic as a 2YO, she has 1 win from 2 attempts when 2nd up and has the services of top hoop Hugh Bowman.
The John Thompson trained filly placed 2nd at her last 4 runs in succession during the Spring and has won 2 races from 9 attempts in her career. Taking on some of the best in the Spring she did a great job finishing runner-up in 4 Group events including the G1 Flight Stakes and the G1 VRC Oaks. She has trialled twice in preparation for her return and while she will be looking for longer she will certainly be one to watch for races later in the carnival. 1st up here at a long quote, she can run a cheeky race.
The Surround Stakes is a Group 2 race held on Chipping Norton Stakes Day. One of the prominent Group 2 races featured in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, it is run over a distance of 1400m. The event is for three-year-old fillies and is contested under set weight conditions. The Surround Stakes is generally used as a lead up to more prestigious three-year-old events such as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and the Group 1 Arrowfield Stud Stakes later in the carnival.
Starting off as a Group 3 in 1979, the race was granted Group 2 status in 1986. It is named after 1976/77 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, Surround, the only three-year-old filly in history to win the Cox Plate. Notable winners of the Surround Stakes include Skating (1993), Staging (1998), Gold Edition (2007) and More Joyous (2010).
|2016||GHISONI||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:21.3|
|2015||FIRST SEAL||BLAKE SHINN||JOHN P THOMPSON||01:22.9|
|2014||THUMP||JIM CASSIDY||KRIS LEES||01.23.5|
|2013||DEAR DEMI||JIM CASSIDY||CLARRY CONNERS||01.22.2|
|2012||STREAMA||HUGH BOWMAN||GUY WALTER||01.24.7|
|2011||PARABLES||ROD QUINN||PETER SNOWDEN||01.22.3|
|2010||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.23.6|
|2009||PORTILLO||COREY BROWN||PETER SNOWDEN||01.21.8|
|2008||CHINCHILLA ROSE||STEPHEN BASTER||STEELE RYAN||01.24.2|
|2007||GOLD EDITION||JIM CASSIDY||RON MAUND||01.22.3|
|2006||REGAL CHEER||GLEN BOSS||JOE PRIDE||01.22.8|