Surround Stakes

Surround Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: February 27, 2021
Location: Royal Randwick
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1400m

The Group 1 Surround Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 1400m helps kickstart the blockbuster Sydney Autumn Carnival each year. The race is named after the 1976 Cox Plate winner, Surround, who is still to this day the only three-year-old filly to claim the converted weight-for-age title.

Held over 1400m at set weights, the Surround Stakes offers up a $500,000 in prize money to connections. Some of the names on the honour roll in recent times, such as Probabeel in 2020, Shoals in 2018 and More Joyous back in 2011, suggest the race has tendency to produce classy mares.

Having only become a Group 1 race in 2018, the Surround now holds a prominent place on the Sydney racing calendar.


2021 Surround Stakes Betting Odds

AWAY GAME
Away Game has competed at a high level for her whole career and is well supported in Surround Stakes betting markets.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Dame Giselle has come up favourite in Surround Stakes markets with online bookmakers at odds of $4.50. She put together a hat-trick of wins in the spring to begin her three-year-old season before running into the classy Montefilia prior to heading for a spell. Her first-up run for the autumn showed a little rust as she settled too far back in the running, yet she was only beaten a narrow margin.

The 2020 Magic Millions Classic winner Away Game is on the second line of Surround Stakes betting with odds of $7 available. The Maher & Eustace filly is always there or thereabouts when it matters most and has competed in a WFA Group 1 already, which suggests connections have big plans for her in years to come.

Classy runners Hungry Heart and La Mexicana share the third line of betting at $8 with the Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Montefilia, who is set to compete in the Surround Stakes first up from a spell.


Best Surround Stakes bookmakers

Online bookmakers will open all-in betting in January for the February feature and fixed odds betting will be available during the week of the race.

All of our bookmakers offer markets on the Group 1 Surround Stakes, so follow these links and keep an eye out as the race draws closer.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table


Surround Stakes betting guide

The Group 1 Surround Stakes has often been a launching pad for fillies to go to more Group 1 success with the Storm Queen Stakes, and the ATC Oaks all on the agendas of connections.

Finding the winner tends to be quite favourable for the punters with five of the last 10 winners saluting as favourites in the Surround Stakes.

The Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at at Randwick over 1200m a fortnight before has long be known as a strong form reference for the Sydney based gallopers heading to the Surround Stakes.

For runners from Victoria, coming out of the CS Hayes Stakes, The Vanity, or the Typhoon Tracy Stakes has seen success come from those races with many theories suggesting the fitness of the Victorian fillies giving them a slight advantage in the race.


2020 Surround Stakes result


1stProbabeel ($4.60)
2ndFunstar ($1.55)
3rdMister Xilong ($5.50)

Recent Surround Stakes winners

  • With the favourite Flit trapped three wide the trip, the Surround Stakes was set up perfectly for someone to take it away from the Godolphin galloper. Despite getting shuffled back to second last at the top of the straight, it was Probabeel who finished off the strongest under a well timed ride by Oppie Bosson to take out the 2020 Surround Stakes. With Funstar having gone past the kiwi filly at the top of the straight, Bosson had to angle Probabeel off the heels of Funstar and with the pair going stride for stride over the final 100m it was Probabeel who got the head down on the line to claim her first Group 1 in Australia.
  • It was a four-way go in the concluding stages of the 2019 Surround Stakes, but it was the fast finishing Nakeeta Jane who got her nose down on the claim to claim Group 1 success. With 100m to go it looked like Fundamentalist had enough of a gap to keep the backmarkers at bay but the race quickly changed in the final 50m with El-Dorado Dreaming the eventual winner Nakeeta Jane timing their run perfectly. Nakeeta Jane got up to win by the barest of margins, whilst only a half neck seperate third and fourth from the winner.
  • Having set a fast tempo in the early stages of the 2018 Surround Stakes, the $1.55 favourite Shumookh was always going to be vulnerable voer the concluding stages. Enter Shoals, who was sitting just off the leaders heels the entirety of the race and when asked for an effort at the 300m the Anthony Freedman-trained filly sustained a sprint that could not be caught once going past the race favourite. Boom filly Alizee was given every opportunity to sprint clear once she was balanced up in the home straight but simply could not go with the rest of the field.


Previous winners of the Surround Stakes

Surround Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Probabeel Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
2019 Nakeeta Jane Joshua Parr Mark Newnham
2018 Shoals Joshua Parr Anthony Freedman
2017 La Bella Diosa Jason Collett Amanda & Matt Brown
2016 Ghisoni James McDonald John O’Shea
2015 First Seal Blake Shinn John Thompson
2014 Thump Jim Cassidy Kris Lees
2013 Dear Demi Jim Cassidy Clarry Conners
2012 Streama Hugh Bowman Guy Walter
2011 Parables Rodney Quinn Peter Snowden
2010 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2009 Portillo Corey Brown Peter Snowden
2008 Chinchilla Rose Stephen Baster Steele Ryan
2007 Gold Edition Jim Cassidy Ron Maund
2006 Regal Cheer Glen Boss Joseph Pride
2005 Loterria Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2004 Only Words Rodney Quinn John Hawkes
2003 Bollinger Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse
2002 Hosannah Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2001 On Type Brian York Gai Waterhouse
2000 Ad Alta Darren Beadman Tony Gillies

Surround Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

Surround Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Savannah Success
1998 Staging
1997 Dashing Eagle
1996 Shame
1995 Princess D’Or
1994 So Keen
1993 Skating
1992 Office
1991 Let’s Hurry
1990 Ochiltree
1989 Glenview
1988 Judyann
1987 Khaptivaan
1986 Ma Chiquita
1985 Avon Angel
1984 La Caissiere
1983 Royal Regatta
1982 Lost World
1981 Hanalei
1980 Brava Jeannie
1979 Impede

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