Surround Stakes

The Surround Stakes is now a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies held at Royal Randwick on Chipping Norton Stakes Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Surround Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #4 Funstar
  • 3rd: #8 Xilong



The Surround Stakes is at one of the newest Group 1 races in Australia, the event elevated from its former Group 2 status for the first time in 2018. The Surround Stakes is held towards the start of the prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Chipping Norton Stakes Day at Royal Randwick in late February or early March. The meeting is also headlined by the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and features a host of other support races including the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes and Group 2 Skyline Stakes over the 1200m.

Run over 1400m, the Surround Stakes is a set weights race offering $500,000 in total prize money for three-year-old fillies. Fillies that previously contested the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick earlier in the autumn may be looking for a step up in distance here on their way to some of the other lucrative carnival features, including taking on the boys in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) the following week. The 2019 Surround Stakes winner Nakeeta Jane went on to run third behind The Autumn Sun in the Randwick Guineas that year.

Other possible runs for Surround Stakes fillies later in the season include the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) against the older mares and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill at the end of March.

The Surround Stakes 2020 took place on Saturday February 29, 2020 and was won by the Kiwi-trained filly Probabeel. 

2020 Surround Stakes
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Weight: 56kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1979

2020 Surround Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #4 Funstar
  • 3rd: #8 Xilong

Jamie Richards’ in-form Kiwi filly Probabeel backed-up from a big win back across the Tasman to break through for her maiden Group 1 success atoning for a close Flight Stakes second from last year at Randwick to salute in the Surround Stakes 2020 results in a fighting late finish with Funstar ($4.60) and the roughie hope who led the field around Xilong ($31).

Click here to read more on the impressive 2020 Surround Stakes winner Probabeel who has her sights set on the Vinery Stud Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 5 56kg $4.60
2 4 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 0.2L 11 56kg $4.60
3 8 XILONG Tony & Calvin McEvoy Glen Boss 0.7L 10 56kg $31
4 2 LYRE Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 2 56kg $8
5 6 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1.4L 1 56kg $31
6 1 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.6L 7 56kg $2.60F
7 9 AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 3.8L 9 56kg $41
8 11 HEART OF THE OAK Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 5.8L 3 56kg $18
9 3 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6L 6 56kg $31
10 14 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 6.7L 4 56kg $151
11 13 SAAS FEE Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 7.6L 8 56kg $81
7 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0
10 BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller Jason Collett 0
12 EMERALDS John Sargent Ben Melham 0

2020 Surround Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Surround Stakes 2020 odds and betting prices on the season’s top three-year-old fillies will be available below as soon as markets are out at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Surround Stakes Field

A line-up of the season’s best three-year-old fillies make up the Surround Stakes field each spring, even more so since the race gained Group 1 status for the first time in 2018. The fillies in the Surround Stakes field may come via lead-up runs in events like the Light Fingers Stakes a fortnight earlier at the track. Nakeeta Jane (2019) was the last filly to complete the Light Fingers – Surround Stakes double.

The 2020 Surround Stakes field is released on Wednesday February 26, 2020 and will be published in full below along with the Surround Stakes barrier draw.

The Surround Stakes 2020 final field is down to 13 after the early scratching of the undefeated How Womantic who suffered a minor setback but who is likely to race in Saturday week’s Kewney Stakes at Flemington.

The updated Surround Stakes field and betting markets are now led by Chris Waller’s returning Group 1 Flight Stakes champion Funstar. She gives the fitness edge away to a host of classy fillies however including the Godolphin-raced duo of Flit, Lyre and Kiamichi – all Group 1 winners who ran the trifecta first-up in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Surround Stakes field and betting markets led by Funstar and Flit.

Update: There are now 11 fillies left in the mix following the scratchings of #7 How Womantic (13), #10 Betcha Flying (10) and #12 Emeralds (8)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 312x2914x1 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 56kg 105
2 113x4274x2 LYRE Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 2 56kg 101
3 41130x05x3 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6 56kg 100
4 11x211x FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 14 56kg 100
5 165x422x11 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 5 56kg
6 11x5552x0 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1 56kg
7 1111 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 13 56kg
8 13x1131x XILONG Tony & Calvin McEvoy Glen Boss 12 56kg 84
9 23x2111x7 AKARI Brad Widdup Christian Reith 11 56kg 81
10 612x522x BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 56kg
11 211×1 HEART OF THE OAK Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 3 56kg 73
12 0x21346x5 EMERALDS John Sargent Ben Melham 8 56kg 70
13 3x123x SAAS FEE Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 9 56kg 70
14 76x22917x ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 4 56kg 64

Surround Stakes History

First run in 1979 the Surround Stakes inaugural winner was Impede. The race began as a Group 3 event run over 1400m and although the distance has remained the same, the status of the event was elevated to Group 2 level in 1986. The Surround Stakes became a Group 1 race for the first time in 2018. For one year in 1990 the Surround Stakes was downgraded to a Group 3 race again but regained Group 2 status the following year in 1991.

Surround Stakes Winners

See below for the full Surround Stakes results dating back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Surround Stakes
1st Probabeel 1 minute 21.36 seconds
2nd Funstar
3rd Xilong
2019
Surround Stakes
1st Nakeeta Jane 1 minute 21.82 seconds
2nd Fundamentalist
3rd El Dorado Dreaming
2018
Surround Stakes
1st Shoals 1 minute 23.46 seconds
2nd Torvill
3rd Rimraam
2017
Surround Stakes
1st La Bella Diosa 1 minute 25.62 seconds
2nd Omei Sword
3rd Global Glamour
2016
Surround Stakes
1st Ghisoni 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Single Gaze
3rd Stay With Me
2015
Surround Stakes
1st First Seal 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Supara
3rd Slightly Sweet
2014
Surround Stakes
1st Thump 1 minute 23.57 seconds
2nd Real Surreal
3rd Lucia Valentina
2013
Surround Stakes
1st Dear Demi 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd Longport
2012
Surround Stakes
1st Streama 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Sea Siren
3rd Hallowell Belle
2011
Surround Stakes
1st Parables 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Rose Of Peace
2010
Surround Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 23.64 seconds
2nd Hurtle Myrtle
3rd So Anyway
2009
Surround Stakes
1st Portillo 1 minute 21.83 seconds
2nd Romneya
3rd Rocha
2008
Surround Stakes
1st Chinchilla Rose 1 minute 24.23 seconds
2nd Occurrence
3rd Mimi Lebrock
2007
Surround Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 22.38 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Just Dancing
2006
Surround Stakes
1st Regal Cheer 1 minute 22.87 seconds
2nd Mnemosyne
3rd Star Mystic
2005
Surround Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 22.85 seconds
2nd Shania Dane
3rd Johan’s Toy
2004
Surround Stakes
1st Only Words 1 minute 25.95 seconds
2nd Ike’s Dream
3rd Shamekha
2003
Surround Stakes
1st Bollinger 1 minute 23.17 seconds
2nd Bumptious
3rd Sunday Joy
2002
Surround Stakes
1st Hosannah 1 minute 22.85 seconds
2nd Heritiere
3rd Quays
2001
Surround Stakes
1st On Type 1 minute 22.77 seconds
2nd Maitland Gold
3rd Miss Kournikova
2000
Surround Stakes
1st Ad Alta 1 minute 24.04 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Camena

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