2020 Surround Stakes Field & Odds Update: Funstar Narrow Favourite

February 28, 2020

2020 Surround Stakes Field & Odds Update: Funstar Narrow Favourite

This weekend’s Surround Stakes 2020 looks the best edition of the Royal Randwick feature since it’s elevation to a Group 1 race and following the scratching of How Womantic, the resuming Funstar is narrow favourite to salute.

Funstar. Photo: Steve Hart.

Flight Stakes winner Funstar is narrow favourite to win the 2020 Surround Stakes first-up this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s undefeated Kevin Hayes Stakes winner How Womantic was originally set to chase her fifth win in the Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Chipping Norton Stakes Day this Saturday in Sydney.

A slight setback to her autumn campaign however saw her scratched from the race leaving 13 three-year-old fillies in the mix with a likely return in Flemington’s Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) Saturday week instead.

Updated Surround Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au now has the Chris Waller-trained daughter of Adelaide, Funstar, as the one to beat first-up at $3.30.

Despite drawing the outside barrier, Funstar has been steadily backed in from her opening quote of $4 to take her record up to five wins from six starts.

She has suffered just the one defeat and has a stellar Randwick record (4:3-1-0) including her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) success last time out back in October.

Two recent Randwick trials have her race ready for Saturday with James McDonald reuniting with the filly chasing his second Surround Stakes success following that aboard Ghisoni (2016).

Following closely in Surround Stakes betting at $3.60 is Godolphin’s last start Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes winner Flit who boasts the fitness edge here of Funstar.

The James Cummings-trained Medaglia D’Oro filly won Caulfield’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne last spring and returned with a first-up victory in Sydney.

At double-figures, Flit defeated the fellow Godolphin-raced Group 1 winning fillies Lyre (2nd) and Kiamichi (3rd) in the Light Fingers Stakes on February 15.

All but three of the past 11 Surround Stakes winners had a lead-up run in the Light Fingers Stakes including More Joyous (2010) and Nakeeta Jane (2019) who both completed the double.

Flit now chases the double from barrier seven on Saturday with jockey Hugh Bowman aboard again, Bowman after his second Surround Stakes victory following that on Streama (2012).

Cummings also has Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi in the mix as a $31 outsider after her Light Fingers Stakes third, while Anthony Freedman trains the Light Fingers runner-up Lyre.

Jumping from barrier two with Kerrin McEvoy coming aboard for the first time, Lonhro filly Lyre is after her first win since saluting in the coveted Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) as a juvenile in Melbourne last autumn.

Her Light Fingers return was an eye-catcher and she looks a definite hope to turn the tables on a fellow filly donning the Royal Blue this weekend in the rematch at Surround Stakes odds of $6.50.

The other best in betting bringing a different form line into the race at $4.60 to make it three on the trot is the Jamie Richards-trained New Zealander Probabeel.

Drawn well in barrier five, the Savabeel filly comes off back-to-back wins back home including the Listed 3YO Karaka Million (1600m) that she won by 1.5 lengths on January 25.

She’s had a month between runs to keep her fresh and returns down under for the first time since her successive second’s to Funstar in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Flight Stakes at the Randwick track.

Click here for the latest Surround Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Surround Stakes Field & Barriers

# 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

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