Surround Stakes

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

2024 Surround Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Tropical Squall
  • 2nd: #12 Stefi Magnetica
  • 3rd: #7 Tutta La Vita




The Surround Stakes is one of the newer 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 Verry Elleegant Stakes Day (formerly Chipping Norton Stakes Day) at Royal Randwick in late February or early March. The meeting is also headlined by the Group 1 Verry Elleegant Stakes (1600m) – previously known as the Chipping Norton Stakes until 2024 – 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 $705,000 in total prize money as of 2024 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 2022 Surround Stakes form was franked with the winner Hinged going on to run third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and second in that autumn’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes before a fourth in the Australian Oaks results. She also returned in the spring and ran third in both the George Main Stakes and Epsom Handicap in Sydney.

The 2022 runner-up Startantes meanwhile won Brisbane’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara that winter further franking the form.

The 2023 Surround Stakes form was franked with the second place-getter Ruthless Dame going on to win Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes that year while the third placed In Secret took out the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington at her next start.

The Surround Stakes 2024 took place on Saturday March 2, 2024 as part of Randwick’s Verry Elleegant Stakes Day card and was won in an exciting upset by resuming Group 1 Flight Stakes winning filly Tropical Squall ($8.50). 

2024 Surround Stakes
Date: Saturday March 2, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Weight: 56kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
Inaugurated: 1979

2024 Surround Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Tropical Squall ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #12 Stefi Magnetica
  • 3rd: #7 Tutta La Vita

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained returning Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall ($8.50) was excellent first-up getting another elite level win on the board when fighting hard to salute in the Surround Stakes 2024 results fresh at Randwick.

Click here to read more on the gutsy win by Tropical Squall in the 2024 Surround Stakes.

2024 Surround Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2 56kg $8.50
2 12 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Tommy Berry 0.12L 1 56kg $17
3 7 TUTTA LA VITA Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 1.8L 3 56kg $101
4 4 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 1.83L 6 56kg $3.60F
5 8 MAKARENA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 2.25L 12 56kg $7.50
6 10 ROLL ON HIGH Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 3.46L 11 56kg $9
7 3 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 3.72L 7 56kg $6
8 5 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 4.04L 5 56kg $7
9 6 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 4.63L 8 56kg $18
10 11 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 5.41L 9 56kg $20
11 2 ZARDOZI James Cummings Tom Marquand 6.21L 10 56kg $26
12 9 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 7.59L 4 56kg $101
13 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Surround Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Surround Stakes 2024 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.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Sunshine In Paris winning at Surround Stakes odds of $11.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 SURROUND STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Surround Stakes Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 SURROUND STAKES FORM GUIDE

2024 Surround Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Surround Stakes 2024 Tips on the autumn Group 1 for fillies this season.

  • To Win: #3 Kimochi ($6 at time of publish) – BET NOW

This year’s Surround Stakes boasts a strong field of fillies, but I’m drawn to Kimochi. Coming off a narrow win in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes, she offers good value compared to some rivals. While her lack of wins beyond 1200m raises a question, her two narrow second-place finishes in Group 1 races over a mile suggest she can handle the distance. Kimochi has a chance to rise to the occasion and claim her first Group 1 title.

2024 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 2024 Surround Stakes field is released on Wednesday February 28, 2024 and will be published in full below along with the Surround Stakes barrier draw.

The Surround Stakes 2024 final field features a quality line-up of fillies led in betting by the Annabel Neasham-trained Learning To Fly and her narrow last start conqueror in the Light Fingers Stakes, Kimochi, in a rematch over further at Randwick on Saturday.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Surround Stakes field and betting markets.

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.

2024 Surround Stakes Nominations

Nominations on the Surround Stakes in 2024 are taken in early February and will be updated in full below once announced.

The 2024 Surround Stakes nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 13th of February, 2024.

The Surround Stakes 2024 nominations attracted 56 promising fillies vying for glory. Frontrunners include Ciaron Maher‘s barnstorming duo: Tiz Invincible, a multiple Group 2 winner, and Estriella, riding a wave of form. Adding to the excitement is Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott‘s champion, Tropical Squall, winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes last time in. Annabel Neasham also throws her hat in the ring with the highly anticipated Learning To Fly, the untapped winner of the prestigious Inglis Millennium.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1×4 ABOUT A GIRL (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 60
2 19x505314x AMAZONIAN LASS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
3 312x64280x APRILIA (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees
4 32x1165x ARCTIC GLAMOUR F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 77
5 2x1331x AUTUMN ANGEL F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
6 15x188x AUTUMN BALLET F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
7 313 BALLET D’ESPRIT F 3 Michael Freedman 64
8 7x1122x BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 71
9 451 BELLE INFERNO F 3 Ciaron Maher
10 242×12 COUNTYOURBLESSINGS F 3 John O’Shea 62
11 4x DARLING DOWNS F 3 Ciaron Maher
12 1×1 DONEGAL F 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
13 1226×1 ESTRIELLA F 3 Ciaron Maher
14 2x522x120x FACILE F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 80
15 16x60586x FIRESTORM (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
16 2x19140x6 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 74
17 111338x HARLOW MIST (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
18 x9838x2261 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 79
19 39x3x ISTHMUS F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
20 13x322232x KIMOCHI F 3 Gary Portelli 96
21 24x4012x KIND WORDS F 3 Kris Lees 70
22 1x42147x KONASANA F 3 Chris Waller
23 21x08x4 KRISTILLI F 3 Annabel Neasham 84
24 23x24x KUNDALINI F 3 Ciaron Maher
25 1 LA CASONA F 3 Ciaron Maher
26 1x06x2 LAST STRAW F 3 John Sargent 66
27 1P8x0940x2 LAZZAGO F 3 Chris Waller
28 111Lx LEARNING TO FLY F 3 Annabel Neasham 90
29 11x267x LEGACIES F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
30 21 LUIJZIKA F 3 Ciaron Maher
31 211×2 MAKARENA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
32 4×11 MARE OF MT BULLER F 3 Chris Waller 66
33 11×1014 MATERIAL DREAMS F 3 Nick Ryan
34 2134×4 MOESHA F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
35 2x1144x MOLLYNICKERS F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
36 35x43911x MUMBAI MUSE F 3 Michael Freedman 87
37 449 NOCTUA F 3 Matthew Smith
38 13×51 OUR GOLD HOPE F 3 Robert & Luke Price 63
39 635x PAJANTI F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
40 2×21 PINK CHANDON F 3 Michael Moroney
41 247x QUICKSTER F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
42 25×2 REASONABLE F 3 Ciaron Maher
43 2211x ROLL ON HIGH F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
44 0x2212 SPARKLING F 3 Matt Laurie
45 272×021 STARMAE F 3 Bjorn Baker 61
46 62 STEEL IMPACT F 3 Ciaron Maher
47 56x331x123 STEFI MAGNETICA F 3 Bjorn Baker 67
48 SWEET HEAVEN F 3 Anthony Cummings
49 1×3 THE HAWKESBURY F 3 Clarry Conners 62
50 42x11169x TIZ INVINCIBLE F 3 Ciaron Maher 92
51 1x13120x TROPICAL SQUALL F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
52 221x6734x TUTTA LA VITA F 3 Chris Waller 86
53 714×795 VOS SAVANT F 3 Anthony Cummings 58
54 31×2 WAIKATO GIRL (NZ) F 3 Michael Freedman 66
55 189x05121x WEST OF DALBY F 3 Benjamin Smith 79
56 11x007121x ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2024
Surround Stakes
1st Tropical Squall 1 minute 22.63 seconds
2nd Stefi Magnetica
3rd Tutta La Vita
2023
Surround Stakes
1st Sunshine In Paris 1 minute 22.84 seconds
2nd Ruthless Dame
3rd In Secret
2022
Surround Stakes
1st Hinged 1 minute 26.09 seconds
2nd Startantes
3rd Espiona
2021
Surround Stakes
1st Forbidden Love 1 minute 22.30 seconds
2nd Vangelic
3rd Elizabeel
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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