Surround Stakes 2018

Saturday March 3, 2018

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 March 3, 2018 as a support act to Winx winning her third Chipping Norton Stakes.

2018 Surround Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Shoals
  • 2nd: #7 Torvill
  • 3rd: #5 Rimraam

Surround Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 3, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1979

2018 Surround Stakes Results

The full Surround Stakes 2018 results including the Surround Stakes winner and margins will be known below on Saturday March 3, 2018.

The official 2018 Surround Stakes Results saw Anthony Freedman’s Myer Classic winning filly from last spring return to her best form with an upset victory as a $13 chance.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 SHOALS Anthony Freedman Joshua Parr 4 56kg $13
2 7 TORVILL Clarry Conners Christian Reith 0.5L 11 56kg $18
3 5 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 0.7L 3 56kg $26
3 6 SHUMOOKH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.7L 1 56kg $4
5 10 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1.5L 2 56kg $20
6 2 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1.8L 10 56kg $2.70F
7 11 TOUCH OF MINK Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King (a) 2.5L 8 56kg $101
8 9 YULONG XINGSHENG Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 3.7L 6 56kg $51
9 3 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Hugh Bowman 3.8L 9 56kg $9.50
10 4 FROLIC Edward O’Rourke Jason Collett 4.7L 5 56kg $9
11 8 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jay Ford 7.6L 7 56kg $12

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.

2018 Surround Stakes Odds

The season’s top Surround Stakes 2018 betting odds will be available right here so stay tuned for access to our autumn racing markets.

Surround Stakes Field

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 last filly to complete the Light Fingers Stakes – Surround Stakes double was More Joyous (2010) and before her 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.

2018 Surround Stakes Field

Surround Stakes betting odds open at

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 official Surround Stakes 2018 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 2018 Surround Stakes Final Field attracted 11 hopeful three-year-old fillies including the Godolphin-raced favourite Alizee coming off a first-up Light Fingers Stakes win. Alizee is drawn wide in barrier 10, while the early Surround Stakes market mover Shumookh has come up trumps with barrier one looking to improve on her lead-up second in the Light Fingers Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 111x1221x8 SHOALS Anthony Freedman Joshua Parr 4 56kg 106
2 5x124113x1 ALIZEE James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 56kg 105
3 1x110x3615 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Hugh Bowman 9 56kg 101
4 221127×4 FROLIC Edward O’Rourke Jason Collett 5 56kg 100
5 2x221237x1 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3 56kg 86
6 122 SHUMOOKH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56kg 84
7 x0212310x3 TORVILL Clarry Conners Christian Reith 11 56kg 83
8 72x111x UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 56kg 78
9 1x44241x9 YULONG XINGSHENG Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 6 56kg 76
10 1x623x131 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 2 56kg 73
11 643x3253x2 TOUCH OF MINK Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King (a) 8 56kg

2018 Surround Stakes Nominations

The early Surround Stakes 2018 Nominations close the Monday of race week and the full list of entries will be published here as soon as available.

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 three of the 10 winners from 2009 – 2018.

2018 Surround Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Surround Stakes 2018 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.

  • 1st: #2 ALIZEE ($2.20)
  • 2nd: #3 MELODY BELLE ($12)
  • 3rd: #5 RIMRAAM ($18)

Sticking with the short-priced favourite ALIZEE who won the Light Fingers Stakes first-up over a short distance and will eat-up the 1400m second-up. Presents fitter, loves the track and has beaten these before. A Group 1 winner over similar rivals at a mile here in the spring and is the one to beat. Soft track works in favour of the Kiwi MELODY BELLE whose unplaced Light Fingers run was solid. She’s unbeaten at the distance and a gun on Soft – Heavy going, plus Hugh Bowman rides in another plus. RIMRAAM is Lindsay Park-trained and having her Sydney debut. Only needs to handle this way of racing to be competitive on the back of beating a class line-up in The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington last time out.

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).

2018 Surround Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Surround Stakes 2018 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
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