Surround Stakes 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Surround Stakes is a nice lead-up to the Coolmore Classic each autumn

The Surround Stakes is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early February each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Chipping Norton Stakes Day. The event was previously a Group 2 race, but gained Group 1 status for the first time in 2018.

The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) is the headline race at the meeting, which also features a number of Group 2 support acts on the card.

Run over 1400m at set weights, the Surround Stakes now offers a lucrative $500,000 in prize money.

The race is named in honour of former champion filly Surround who took out the 1976-1977 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year award. Fillies that run well in the Surround Stakes may back up and step up in class for a shot at the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.

The latest edition of the Surround Stakes took place on Saturday February 29, 2020 and was won by in-form Kiwi filly Probabeel.  

Surround Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1979

2020 Surround Stakes Results

The full Surround Stakes 2020 results including the Surround Stakes winner and margins will be known below on Saturday February 29, 2020.

  • 1st: #5 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #4 Funstar
  • 3rd: #8 Xilong

The in-form Jamie Richards-trained Karaka Millions winning filly Probabeel broke through for her maiden Group 1 win returning to Australia to fly home late and dominate the 2020 Surround Stakes results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 5 56kg $4.60
2 4 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 0.2L 11 56kg $4.60
3 8 XILONG Tony & Calvin McEvoy Glen Boss 0.7L 10 56kg $31
4 2 LYRE Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 2 56kg $8
5 6 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1.4L 1 56kg $31
6 1 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.6L 7 56kg $2.60F
7 9 AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 3.8L 9 56kg $41
8 11 HEART OF THE OAK Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 5.8L 3 56kg $18
9 3 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6L 6 56kg $31
10 14 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 6.7L 4 56kg $151
11 13 SAAS FEE Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 7.6L 8 56kg $81
7 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0
10 BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller Jason Collett 0
12 EMERALDS John Sargent Ben Melham 0

Surround Stakes Betting & Odds

Surround Stakes odds are released after the field is out on the Wednesday before the race.

In-form fillies coming off good lead-up runs in Sydney earlier in the autumn dominate the Surround Stakes betting markets. Favourites have a strong recent record in the Surround Stakes and the markets are led by Light Fingers Stakes graduates that ran in the first three last time out a fortnight before.

Since More Joyous (2010) completed the Light Fingers Stakes – Surround Stakes double, the only winners of the latter to finish worse than fourth in the lead-up were Thump (2014) who improved on a Light Fingers seventh to win and Shoals (2018) who atoned for a first-up eighth in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1600m) to post her second Group 1 success.

Nakeeta Jane (2019) was the last filly to do the Light Fingers Stakes – Surround Stakes double winning the latter as the $3.60 favourite in Surround Stakes betting.

2020 Surround Stakes Odds

The season’s top Surround Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available right here so stay tuned for access to our autumn racing markets.


Surround Stakes Field
Surround Stakes betting odds open at Ladbrokes.com.au

First Seal (2015) was odds-on in Surround Stakes betting for her win that led into a Coolmore Classic second. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Surround Stakes field features a line-up of the season’s best middle-distance fillies that are looking to step up to a mile or further over the autumn. Many fillies in the field come out of the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) held two weeks earlier, which is the traditional lead-up race to the Surround Stakes.

The latest fillies to complete the Light Fingers Stakes – Surround Stakes double are Nakeeta Jane (2019), More Joyous (2010) and Gold Edition (2007).

Surround Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2020 Surround Stakes Field

The official Surround Stakes 2020 field and barriers for the Chipping Norton Stakes Day Group 2 support race will be available below once announced the Wednesday before the race so stay tuned.

The 2020 Surround Stakes final field attracted 14 class fillies including the undefeated How Womantic; and the Godolphin-raced trio of Group 1 winners Flit, Lyre and Kiamichi who ran the trifecta in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes first-up.

  • Scratchings: #7 How Womantic (13), #10 Betcha Flying (10), #12 Emeralds (8)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 312x2914x1 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 56kg 105
2 113x4274x2 LYRE Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 2 56kg 101
3 41130x05x3 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6 56kg 100
4 11x211x FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 14 56kg 100
5 165x422x11 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 5 56kg
6 11x5552x0 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1 56kg
7 1111 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 13 56kg
8 13x1131x XILONG Tony & Calvin McEvoy Glen Boss 12 56kg 84
9 23x2111x7 AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 11 56kg 81
10 612x522x BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 56kg
11 211×1 HEART OF THE OAK Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 3 56kg 73
12 0x21346x5 EMERALDS John Sargent Ben Melham 8 56kg 70
13 3x123x SAAS FEE Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 9 56kg 70
14 76x22917x ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 4 56kg 64

Surround Stakes Tips

Surround Stakes tips are led each autumn by the fillies that ran first four in the Light Fingers Stakes two weeks earlier.

The Light Fingers Stakes has produced more Surround Stakes winners than any other lead-up including all but four of the 12 winners from 2009 – 2020.

2020 Surround Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Surround Stakes 2020 tips and betting selections on which fillies to back and sack in the Group 2 this autumn will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Surround Stakes Form Guide

The Surround Stakes form guide lists all of the crucial information like barriers, jockeys and trainers punters need to consider before placing a bet on the fillies’ only feature. The Surround Stakes form has held up in better autumn classics over the years including the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000).

In 2015 First Seal won the Surround Stakes before finishing second in both of those elite level features for the female gallopers. In 2014 Lucia Valentina ran third in the Surround Stakes before winning the Vinery Stud Stakes two starts later and running third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

2020 Surround Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Surround Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Surround Stakes Results

The Surround Stakes results have been dominated by the favourites in recent years.The most notable upset in the past decade was Thump who saluted at $25 in 2014 and Shoals ($13 in 2018).

Standout Surround Stakes winners include First Seal (2015), Streama (2012), More Joyous (2010) and Gold Edition (2007).

Surround Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Probabeel Funstar Xilong 1:21.3
2019 Nakeeta Jane Fundamentalist El Dorado Dreaming 1:21.8
2018 Shoals Torvill Rimraam 1:23.4
2017 La Bella Diosa Omei Sword Global Glamour 1:25.6
2016 Ghisoni Single Gaze Stay With Me 1:21.3
2015 First Seal Supara Slightly Sweet 1:22.9
2014 Thump Real Surreal Lucia Valentina 1:23.5
2013 Dear Demi Driefontein Longport 1:22.2
2012 Streama Sea Siren Hallowell Belle 1:24.7
2011 Parables Red Tracer Rose Of Peace 1:22.3
2010 More Joyous Hurtle Myrtle So Anyway 1:23.6
2009 Portillo Romneya Rocha 1:21.8
2008 Chinchilla Rose Occurrence Mimi Lebrock 1:24.2
2007 Gold Edition Tuesday Joy Just Dancing 1:22.3
2006 Regal Cheer Mnemosyne Star Mystic 1:22.8
2005 Lotteria Shania Dane Johan’s Toy 1:22.8
2004 Only Words Ike’s Dream Shamekha 1:25.9
2003 Bollinger Bumptious Sunday Joy 1:23.1
2002 Hosannah Heritiere Quays 1:22.8
2001 On Type Maitland Gold Miss Kournikova 1:22.7
2000 Ad Alta Spinning Hill Camena 1:24.0