Bennetta Tops Strong 2013 Surround Stakes Field

Exciting filly Bennetta will have to overcome a strong 2013 Surround Stakes (1400m) field if she is to claim a fourth consecutive win at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Bennetta has drawn the outside barrier for the Surround Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Grahame Begg-trained galloper heads into Saturday’s Group 2 three-year-old fillies’ race in terrific form and is coming off a two-length win in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes.

But it won’t be easy for Bennetta who will also have to overcome the outside barrier as well as some strong rivals in the 12-horse field.

Drawing far better is Clarry Conners’ Crown Oaks winner Dear Demi who will run second-up from barrier six.

The triple black-type winner began her autumn campaign in positive style with a third-place finish in the Light Fingers Stakes.

Stepping up in class but chasing a third-straight victory is Gary Frazer-trained filly Campania.

The emerging galloper put together back-to-back wins at Rosehill in December and January and will make her stakes debut this weekend.

Also after a third consecutive win but rising in grade is Song And Laughter who has recently been seen winning at Wyong and Canterbury.

Talented but needing to bounce back from a first-up eighth in the Light Fingers Stakes is the Patinack-owned Longport.

The Casino Prince filly won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes in the spring and also finished second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and fourth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.

Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Driefontein has yet to return to the heights that saw her win the Magic Millions Classic as a two-year-old but has still been solid so far this autumn.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock arrives in the race on the back of consecutive fourths in the Light Fingers Stakes and the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes.

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Surround Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 162x2x2344 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 2 56kg
2 x3143241x3 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 6 56kg
3 55×2111 BENNETTA Grahame Begg James McDonald 12 56kg
4 2x119124x8 LONGPORT John P Thompson Christian Reith 9 56kg
5 533x22741x MEIDUNG Peter Snowden TBA 11 56kg
6 210x5338x6 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 56kg
7 634×124611 CAMPANIA Garry Frazer Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 56kg
8 473x1232x7 BRAVE SOUL Joseph Pride Jason Collett 10 56kg
9 113 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Corey Brown 4 56kg
10 7x51146x5 CAMEO Peter Snowden TBA 7 56kg
11 49x7x1x1 IMPETUOUS Clarry Conners Hugh Bowman 8 56kg
12 Px11 SONG AND LAUGHTER Kevin Moses Blake Shinn 5 56kg