Surround Stakes 2012 Field Released

One of the three exciting Group race features running at Warwick Farm for Chipping Norton Stakes Day this Saturday is the fillies-only 2012 Surround Stakes, the field for which has now been released by Racing NSW.

Streama

Streama has drawn well in barrier four for her second-up run in the 2012 Surround Stakes on Saturday

Scheduled to run as Warwick Farm Race 4 at 2:55pm (NSW), the $175,000 Group 2 Patinack Farm Surround Stakes (1400m) has drawn a final field of nine three-year-old fillies, the same number of acceptors the day’s marquee event, the $350,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), also attracted for 2012.

It is a smart field of Group performers engaged for the Surround Stakes this year making this the perfect race for savvy punters to enjoy a bet online for through bookmaker.com.au.

The top-rated of the contenders in the Patinack Farm-sponsored event is Guy Walter’s Stratum filly Streama who drew nicely in the Surround Stakes barrier draw with gate four.

After winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last October by an easy six and a half lengths, Streama resumed with a good first-up second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).

Going up to the 1400-metres at Warwick Farm for the Surround, Streama could be hard to beat as she took out the Group 2 Furious Stakes at the track and distance last September.

The Furious Stakes was the opening race in the three-event Princess Series that Streama collected the Triple Crown in thanks to her subsequent Tea Rose Stakes and Flight Stakes wins.

“I was disappointed she didn’t win (first-up) but not disappointed in her,” Walter said.

“She ran well and has done well since.

“She didn’t win her first start last time either.”

Also happy with Streama’s first-up effort despite the defeat was jockey Hugh Bowman who retains the ride on Saturday.

“I was delighted with her first-up and if she does the same as she did in the spring you would expect her to be very hard to beat,” Bowman said.

Walter will also be represented in the Surround Stakes by his up-and-coming Commands filly Appearance drawn wide in gate eight with Rod Quinn engaged for her maiden stakes assignment.

The filly that brought Streama’s winning streak to an end, Light Fingers Stakes winner Sea Siren has also been accepted for the 2012 Surround Stakes field.

John O’Shea’s consistent Fastnet Rock three-year-old may be searching for her fourth win on the trot, but Sea Siren has suffered an early blow drawn barrier nine.

Still, she cannot be discounted and is worth a definite look in at the Surround Stakes odds as she jumped from a similar barrier (eight) to beat Streama last start.

Light Fingers Stakes third placegetter Hallowell Belle will also get another chance at a Group 2 win on Saturday with Gai Waterhouse’s daughter of Starcraft to start from barrier seven.

The Light Fingers was Hallowell Belle’s first run back in Waterhouse’s care following an eight-start stint with premier Victorian horseman Peter moody that produced three Group 1 top four finishes including a second to Streama in the Flight Stakes.

Other notable Surround Stakes chances include John Thompson’s out-of-form Pane In The Glass (barrier two), Peter Snowden’s promising Ad Valorem filly Detours (barrier five) coming off a win at Rosehill last Saturday, and the Peter Moody-trained Cute Emily drawn on the rails and last seen running third in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Below punters will find the full 2012 Patinack Farm Surround Stakes final field and barrier draw.

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2012 Patinack Farm Surround Stakes Field & Barriers

Warwick Farm Race 4 – 2:55pm – 10/03/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 32X14277X0 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson Blake Shinn 2 56kg 94
2 261X3111X2 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 4 56kg 104
3 2X122224X3 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 7 56kg 94
4 1X04420X03 CUTE EMILY Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 1 56kg 82
5 3111 SEA SIREN John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 9 56kg 100
6 1X1335X21 DETOURS Peter Snowden 5 56kg 87
7 2X177X0 KNEELING John P Thompson Joao Moreira 3 56kg 81
8 12X14 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Rod Quinn 8 56kg 74
9 24X711X27 FOX Adam Duggan Joshua Parr 6 56kg 73