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Surround Stakes 2024 Betting Tips - Good odds for Makarena

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Last updated: 28 Feb 2024
Alex Marsh 28 Feb 2024
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  • The Surround Stakes is the second of two features run on the first Group 1 meeting of the year in Sydney
  • Worth $750,000, this fillies major is run over 1400m at Randwick
  • Learning To Fly heads the early market with Ladbrokes
  • Preview & tips are included below
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Surround Tips
Makarena represents value in the Surround Stakes. (Getty)
 

The Surround Stakes is a Group One three-year-old fillies race run over 1400 metres at Royal Randwick.
  • 2024 Surround Stakes Tips
  • 2024 Surround Stakes Field & Odds

Named after the champion Surround, who is the only three-year-old filly in history to win the Cox Plate in 1976 with this race first taking place in 1979, the Surround Stakes received Group One status in 2018, an edition won by Shoals.

Coolmore filly Learning To Fly in an outright favourite for the 2024 Surround Stakes with Ladbrokes, where $3.30 is available.

2024 Surround Stakes Tips


2024 Surround Stakes Best Bet - Makarena

The race fitness of Caballus (winner) proved the difference, however, Makarena safely held off the rest of the boys in the Eskimo Prince Stakes and that was following a quiet ride.

This lightly raced filly showed tactical speed when recording back-to-back triumphs at starts two and three over her first prep, which culminated in a 1400m success at Rosehill.

She was produced off three-week (or thereabouts) patterns when winning over the spring, so a similar set-up here going into the Group 1 Surround Stakes looks ideal.

That Eskimo Prince Stakes produced the Hobartville quinella, which includes the impressive Celestial Legend and Makarena is now each-way odds vs the fillies despite easily accounting for him.
2024 Surround Stakes Next Best Bet - Learning To Fly

To the eye, Learning To Fly had every chance first-up in the Light Fingers Stakes a fortnight ago, where a superb Chad Schofield ride resulted in a narrow second.

There were obvious queries there first-up off a decent break, however, so it was a clear pass mark with that in mind and that resumption followed slick lead-up work at the trials.

Learning To Fly was one of last seasons top juveniles going into the Golden Slipper and in what's proving to be a thin crop, she could be the one who explodes over the autumn.

If there's improvement to come second-up, then you clearly don't want to lose on her against what are mostly well exposed fillies, so I'll be saving on the fav for a small result.
2024 Surround Stakes Value Bet - Arctic Glamour

She recorded what was arguably the hidden run of the Light Fingers, with Arctic Glamour only balancing up late in that key 1200m lead-up race after settling a long way back.

The daughter of Frosted didn't appear comfortable until the final furlong and the sectionals support that, with the three-year-old recording the fastest last 200m of that event.

The Ryan & Alexiou-trained filly progressed quickly last year, with the highlight being a Listed win over this track/trip, where she easily accounted for Joliestar (subsequent Group 1 winner).

Arctic Glamour ran the fastest last 200m of the Group Thousand Guineas before a spell and with improvement over a more suitable trip here, she's among the chances.

2024 Surround Stakes Field & Odds

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1Tropical SquallGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus256kg$7.50
2ZardoziJames CummingsTom Marquand1056kg $23
3KimochiGary PortelliJason Collett756kg $6
4Learning To FlyAnnabel NeashamChad Schofield 656kg $3.30
5Tiz InvincibleCiaron MaherJames McDonald 556kg $6.50
6KristilliGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Zac Llloyd (a)856kg $18
7Tutta La VitaChris WallerTyler Schiller356kg $46
8MakarenaMichael, Wayne & John HawkesTim Clark1356kg $8.50
9Autumn BalletGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 456kg $67
10Roll On HighPeter G Moody & Katherine ColemanBilly Egan1156kg $14
11Arctic GlamourGerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy956kg $18
12Stefi MagneticaBjorn BakerTommy Berry156kg $16
13Kind WordsKris Lees Sam Clipperton1256kg $151
Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes & correct on 28/02/2024.
                                                           

Verdict

Our tips for the 2024 Surround Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Makarena To Win @15/2 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units
Best Bet2: Learning To Fly To Win @23/10 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Best Bet3: Arctic Glamour To Win @17/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
Makarena
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