Guelph Included In 2014 Surround Stakes Nominations

Classy filly Guelph will have the opportunity to return to the winners circle this weekend after being included in the nominations for the 2014 Surround Stakes that will be run at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Guelph will have the opportunity to bounce back from her disappointing performance first-up when she contests the Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm this weekend.

Guelph will have the opportunity to bounce back from her disappointing performance first-up when she contests the Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm this weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Guelph was the star filly of the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, winning both the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), but failed to fire when she returned to the races in the Group 2 Light Finger Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on February 22.

The daughter of Exceed And Excel blundered at the start and was caught wide in the early stages race before racing home fairly to finish eighth behind Sweet Idea and Gypsy Diamond.

Sweet Idea and Guelph are set to battle again this weekend; with Sweet Idea searching for her fourth straight victory after returning to the races at the end of 2013 following a three month ban incurred for bleeding during the running of the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).

The Snitzel filly resumed with a narrow win over Weinholt in the Wyong Magic Millions Stakes (1200m) on December 19 and scored an all the way victory in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast before her impressive Light Finger Stakes victory.

Runner-up Gypsy Diamond, Chris Waller-trained Champagne Cath, 2012 Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal, David Vandyke-trained Arabian Gold, the talented Thump, Crown Oaks runner-up Zanbagh and Patinack Farm-owned Another Prayer are also a chance to back-up from the Light Finger Stakes in the 2014 Surround Stakes this weekend.

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller is set to have a strong hand in the Surround Stakes; with Chateau Lafaite, Made To Order and Marmelo joining Champagne Cath in the nominations for the Group 2 event.

Australian Oaks hopeful Made To Order is set to return to the races for the first time since he took out the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1800m) at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day and impressed jockey Nash Rawiller with his performance in trackwork this morning, while Chateau Lafaite and Marmelo will both be making their debuts at Group level if they are included in the final acceptances for the race.

The 2014 Surround Stakes final field and barrier draw will be released on Monday.

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2014 Surround Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ANOTHER PRAYER John P Thompson 17 56kg 68
2 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 5 56kg 88
3 BROOK ROAD Bart & James Cummings 14 56kg 74
4 CHAMPAGNE CATH Chris Waller 8 56kg 89
5 CHATEAU LAFAITE Chris Waller 9 56kg 79
6 GUELPH Peter Snowden 2 56kg 111
7 GYPSY DIAMOND John O’Shea 4 56kg 91
8 INTERSPERSED Sam Kavanagh 19 56kg 67
9 LORNA MAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 56kg 68
10 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 15 56kg 80
11 MADE TO ORDER Chris Waller 13 56kg 74
12 MARMELO Chris Waller 11 56kg 72
13 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody 16 56kg 72
14 REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 56kg 89
15 SARALAGO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 56kg 73
16 SENSIBILITY Peter G Moody 10 56kg 76
17 SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse 1 56kg 104
18 THUMP Kris Lees 6 56kg 92
19 ZANBAGH Guy Walter 7 56kg 85


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