Waller Fillies Dominate 2022 Surround Stakes Field & Betting

February 23, 2022

Waller Fillies Dominate 2022 Surround Stakes Field & Betting

Chris Waller could be in for another feature race quinella in the 2022 Surround Stakes on Saturday with his two best fillies out of the Light Fingers Stakes tipped to dominate at Royal Randwick again.

Fangirl (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Fangirl (pink silks) for Chris Waller is one of the standout hopes in the 2022 Surround Stakes field at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The key support act on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in Sydney, this weekend’s Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old fillies.

Heading the Surround Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is his untapped daughter of Extreme Choice Espiona at $2.15 to atone for her last start loss.

Previously undefeated having won her opening two career starts in the spring by a combined margin of 10 lengths on Soft tracks, she was odds-on first-up in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 12 on a Good (4).

Despite being beaten, it was in a photo-thriller with her stablemate Fangirl and she lost few admirers going down a nose fresh.

Up to 1400m second-up with improvement to come, Espiona is tipped to turn the tables and post an elite level win at just her fourth career start from a wide alley (13) with James McDonald retaining the ride.

Further working in her favour is the wet track conditions in Sydney, which could be the undoing of a few of her rivals in the Surround.

Waller’s Light Fingers Stakes winning Sebring filly Fangirl occupies the second line of Surround Stakes betting at $4.40 to beat home Espiona again.

She has suffered a slight early setback drawn out in gate 16 with Hugh Bowman aboard.

Fangirl won three on the trot in the spring including beating home the boys by three lengths at Flemington in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).

Her first-up upset saw her extend the winning streak and going up to 1400m will also suit her in the Group 1 rematch this weekend.

Along with the dominant duo Waller also saddles up Hinged in this year’s Surround Stakes field chasing his first victory in the event.

Drawn the inside alley with Brenton Avdulla to ride the Worthy Cause filly, best known for her Group 1 Flight Stakes second over the Randwick mile last October, is at current Surround Stakes odds of $26 to improve on her seventh as a roughie in the Light Fingers.

The two fillies that ran the Light Fingers quinella are the only ones the bookies are really rating to win the Surround with the next closest in betting being

The remainder of the field can be had at $21 or longer opening up potential value should the favourites flop.

Of the outsiders those that could surprise on the day include: Thousand Guineas winner Yearning ($26) racing first-up from barrier two with William Pike in the saddle, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-rained Flight Stakes champion Never Been Kissed ($26) also resuming, the Rob Heathcote-trained Queenslander Startantes ($26), Godolphin’s proven wet-tracker Larkspur Run ($31) and even the Kim Waugh-trained Sweet Ruby ($51) chasing a third win on the trot.

The Surround Stakes 2022 is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEDT) with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2022 Surround Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25x491214x YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 2 56kg 104
2 11912x NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 9 56kg 95
3 4x3111x1 FANGIRL Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 16 56kg 93
4 144x3516x0 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 18 56kg 92
5 x2111026x7 HINGED Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1 56kg 92
6 621x418x93 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 8 56kg 92
7 11×2 ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 13 56kg 90
8 5111630×36 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Jason Collett 11 56kg 89
9 1128×4 ZOUZARELLA Anthony & Sam Freedman Chad Schofield 17 56kg 81
10 21x23204x5 HERESY James Cummings Sam Clipperton 6 56kg 80
11 23×101126 SHIHONKA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 14 56kg 78
12 236×721711 SWEET RUBY Kim Waugh Jay Ford 5 56kg 76
13 11x9x0 TILIANAM (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56kg 76
14 1x172267x4 LARKSPUR RUN James Cummings Glyn Schofield 15 56kg 75
15 26×15 RINGAROSA Gary Portelli Keagan Latham 12 56kg 62
16 674x141x33 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker Andrew Adkins 7 56kg 60
17e 7140×0 VON TRAPP Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 3 56kg 75
18e 7×1 I’M DIVINE Edward Cummings 4 56kg 61

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