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Surround Stakes 2022 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Surround Stakes is one of two features on the first Group One meeting of the calendar year in Sydney
  • Worth $500,000, this major is run over 1400m at Randwick
  • Tips and Preview available below
Surround Stakes Tips
Can Zouzarella cause an upset in the Surround Stakes? (Getty)
Alex Marsh 23 Feb 2022
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The Surround Stakes is a Group One three-year-old fillies race run over 1400 metres at Royal Randwick.
  • Surround Stakes 2022 Field & Odds
  • Surround Stakes 2022 Tips
  • Surround Stakes 2022 FAQs

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.

Despite a first-up losss, Espiona still clearly heads the market at $2.15 with BlueBet for the 2022 Surround Stakes,

Surround Stakes 2022 Field & Odds

1YearningMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike256kg$26
2Never Been Kissed (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss956kg $26
3FangirlChris Waller Hugh Bowman 1656kg $4.40
4Four Moves AheadJohn SargentNash Rawiller 1856kg $26
5HingedChris WallerBrenton Avdulla 156kg $26
6JamaeaRobert & Luke PriceBrock Ryan856kg $12
7EspionaChris Waller James McDonald1356kg $2.15
8StartantesRobert HeathcoteJason Collett1156kg $26
9ZouzarellaAnthony & Sam FreedmanChad Schofield1756kg $18
10HeresyJames CummingsSam Clipperton656kg $26
11ShihonkaGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King1456kg $34
12Sweet RubyKim WaughJay Ford 556kg $51
13Tilianam (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark1056kg $101
14Larkspur RunJames Cummings Glyn Schofield1556kg $26
15RingarosaGary PortelliKeagan Latham1256kg $61
16Hope In Your HeartKerry ParkerAndrew Adkins756kg $151
17eVon TrappMark NewnhamJoshua Parr356kg $81
18eI'm DivineEdward Cummings
Odds courtesy of BlueBet & correct at 12.50am on 24/02/2022.

Surround Stakes 2022 Tips

2022 Surround Stakes Best Bet - Zouzarella

There were many decent runs in the Light Fingers, but Zouzarella's has as much merit as any in that key lead-up and her most impressive win to date was on a soft track.

Three-wide on the speed in an event set-up for those making ground and with all other on-pace runners well beaten, this filly was still boxing on despite a tough trip fresh. 

While ideally, she's have drawn a little kinder, over 1400m now gives her more time to balance up and as we see often on a wet Randwick, out wide can be advantageous.

Zouzarella had trialled up superbly prior to that on a Soft 7 and in a Surround Stakes without a stack of betting angles, I was happy to go with her on an each-way basis.

Zouzarella - $18.00Surround Stakes Best Betbet now
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2022 Surround Stakes Next Best Bet - Fangirl

Off a $1.55 Light Fingers starting price and given the hype off a huge Flemington win last spring, Espiona was always going to open short again here, where she can atone.

While the short fav obviously warrants respect for this Group 1, is there a hurry to take the $2.15 versus the $4.40 of Fangirl given the victory of the latter a fortnight ago?

Visually, Espiona looked to have every chance in that 1200m event, in clean air from the top of the straight, whereas Fangirl was produced late and went straight past.

From a wide draw, it looks as though Bowman will go right back and look to come with a circling run if the track allows, so he'll have the fav in sight once again here.

Fangirl - $4.40Surround Stakes Next Best Betbet now
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2022 Surround Stakes Roughie - Four Moves Ahead

She was very disappointing first-up in the Light Fingers, refusing to settle with the blinkers on and when the sprint went on, this filly was about the first runner beaten.

We know Four Moves Ahead is much better than that, however and with a slow recovery noted post-race, John Sargent has also opted to remove the blinkers.

The daughter of Snitzel was well supported late in that resumption and it came off the back off two strong trials, so I wouldn't be in a hurry to write her off just yet.

All three career wins have come on wet ground and while they can be hard to catch, the Sargent stable often bring them back quickly off a poor run early in a prep.

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Surround Stakes 2022 FAQs

When is the 2022 Surround Stakes?

The 2022 Surround Stakes is scheduled to start at 4.45pm (AEST) on Saturday, February 26.

It will run as Race 8 on the Royal Randwick program.

What distance is the Surround Stakes?

The Surround Stakes is run over a distance of 1400 metres.

How can I live stream the Surround Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Surround Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2021 Surround Stakes?

Forbidden Love won the 2021 Surround Stakes.

What is the Surround Stakes worth?

The Surround Stakes is worth a total of $500,000.

$287,000 of that goes to the winner.



Zouzarella is a good each-way quote in the Surround Stakes, while at the prices, we'll lean with Fangirl over the fav.

Four Moves Ahead can improve on wet ground and include her in any wider exotics.

Best Bet: Zouzarella Each Way @17/1 at BlueBet - 2 Units
Next Best Bet: Fangirl To Win @17/5 at BlueBet - 1 Unit
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