Surround Stakes 2024 Field & Odds Update: Favourite Tipped to Fly

March 1, 2024

Surround Stakes 2024 Field & Odds Update: Favourite Tipped to Fly

The Annabel Neasham-trained Learning To Fly is tipped to return to winning form second-up this weekend heading markets on the Surround Stakes 2024.

2023 Reisling Stakes Winner Learning To Fly

Learning To Fly is tipped to return to winning form second-up in the 2024 Surround Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The field for this year’s Group 1 $750,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) is down to a dozen three-year-old fillies after the early withdrawal of the Kris Lees-trained Kind Words (12).

Golden Slipper sob story, Learning To Fly, looks to have come back in terrific order with the talented and untapped daughter of Justify going down a nostril flare fresh in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).

She is up in distance and grade now facing a similar filed of rivals with the Inglis Millennium and Group 2 winning filly tipped to salute at her pet track (3:2-1-0).

Learning To Fly sits top of the Surround Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.20 and firming to turn the tables on her last start conqueror Kimochi.

The Gary Portelli-trained Light Fingers winner Kimochi now chases the double from barrier seven with Jason Collett aboard on the weekend and is at a $6 quote to do so for the first time since Nakeeta Jane (2019).

Kimochi is out to complete the Light Fingers Stakes – Surround Stakes double for the first time since Nakeeta Jane in 2019

The Brave Smash filly is yet to win over further than 1200m but shouldn’t be discounted to do the double with two good Group 1 seconds over the mile last time in behind Tropical Squall here in the Flight Stakes and Joliestar in Caulfield’s Thousand Guineas.

The early Surround Stakes market mover backed in from $11 to $7.50 is Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall in gate two with Adam Hyeronimus to ride the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Prized Icon filly first-up.

The bonny Group 1 winner races for the first time since being found out over 2500m when 10th in the Group 1 VRC Oaks at Flemington in November, but 1400m first-up in Sydney off two good trials put her in a lovely position to salute at elite level again.

James Cummings’ VRC Oaks winner Zardozi also kicks off her autumn in the Surround Stakes field drawn wider out in gate 10 and is at $21 with improvement expected over further later this prep.

In an open edition of the event other single-figure fancies in Surround Stakes betting include the Ciaron Maher-trained multiple Group 2 winner Tiz Invincible ($7) and the consistent Hawkes Racing-trained Makarena ($8.50) out wide in gate 13.

Makarena is lightly-raced with the $500,000 Tapp-Craig winner from the spring coming off an eye-catching second first-up behind Caballus when taking on the boys here on February 10 in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m).

The Surround Stakes 2024 is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s 10-race Verry Elleegant Stakes Day card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2024 Surround Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x13120x TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2 56kg 104
2 11x007121x ZARDOZI James Cummings Tom Marquand 10 56kg 102
3 3x322232x1 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 7 56kg 96
4 111Lx2 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 6 56kg 95
5 42x11169x6 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 5 56kg 92
6 21x08x43 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 8 56kg 88
7 221x6734x TUTTA LA VITA Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 3 56kg 86
8 211×2 MAKARENA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 13 56kg 85
9 15x188x8 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 4 56kg 83
10 2211x ROLL ON HIGH Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 11 56kg 80
11 32x1165x7 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 9 56kg 77
12 6x331x1234 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Tommy Berry 1 56kg 76
13 24x4012x9 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 12 56kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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