Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes Day, Saturday March 5, 2011, will feature nine quality fillies in the 2011 Surround Stakes field.
The Group 2 Surround Stakes will run as Race 5 at 3.42pm (AEDST) and will be worth a tidy $200,000.
The 2011 Surround Stakes will be run over a distance of 1,400 metres and is open to three-year-old fillies only.Headlining the talented field of fillies is the multiple Group winning More Strawberries.
More Strawberries has drawn barrier three for the 2011 Surround Stakes and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller.
Gai Waterhouse’s More Strawberries is fresh off a third placing in the Listed Triscay Stakes, where she ran a fantastic race despite being allocated four kilograms more than the majority of the field.
The three-year-old filly won her last race over the 1,400 metres distance and will be second-up in the 2011 Surround Stakes.
Also in the final field is Bart Cumming’s Kim Heaven, who has had only one previous win in a Canterbury maiden.
Kim Heaven will be ridden by regular jockey Hugh Bowman and has drawn barrier one in the 2011 Surround Stakes.
Bart Cumming’s grandson and foreman, James Cummings, said that his grandfather has the utmost confidence in Kim Heaven and believes that despite her lack of experience, she has the ability to tackle the big guns.
“Look at a filly like Secret Admirer, she was able to go from winning a maiden to beating this same group of fillies to win the Group 1 Flight Stakes in her first preparation,” James Cummings said.
“She (Secret Admirer) proves it can be done if you have a horse with the ability. We have always thought a fair bit of (Kim Heaven), she was trained up and ready to race six months ago but Bart decided to give her a little bit more time to mature.”
James Cummings said that the placement of Kim Heaven in this race was as much about timing as it was about ability.
“We brought her back and were able to knock off a maiden first-up but there are no really suitable races for her,” he said.
“Our hands have been tied a little because she is going to have to transform the potential into ability very quickly against the good fillies.”
Peter Snowden’s Parables will also be contesting the 2011 Surround Stakes, after a first-up third place finish in the Light Fingers Stakes on February 12.
Parables has won two of her eight career starts and has never failed to finish in the placings.
The Lonhro filly has drawn barrier seven in the 2011 Surround Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Corey Brown.
Also in the final field is Chris Waller’s Red Tracer, who finished second ahead of Parables in the Light Fingers Stakes, and David Pfieffer’s Gai’s Choice.
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2011 Surround Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|1||MORE STRAWBERRIES||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||3||56||98|
|2||PARABLES||Peter Snowden||Corey Brown||7||56||94|
|3||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Nathan Berry (a)||2||56||84|
|4||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer||Tommy Berry (a)||9||56||77|
|5||M’LADY PEDRILLE||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||5||56||75|
|6||WHO’S READY||Alan Scorse||Joshua Parr||8||56||73|
|7||ROSE OF PEACE||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||6||56||68|
|8||KIM HEAVEN||Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman||1||56||67|
|9||POTIONS||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||4||56||–|
Photo courtesy (c) Steve Hart Photographics