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Favourite Funstar draws wide ahead of Surround Stakes - Can she win it from 14?

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Funstar drew barrier 14 ahead of this Saturday's Surround Stakes (Getty Images)

Favourite Funstar draws wide ahead of 2020 Surround Stakes


Chris Waller-trained star filly Funstar remains the $3.40 favourite at Bet365 despite drawing the widest gate possible ahead of Saturday's Group One Surround Stakes at Randwick.

The resuming filly, which was installed as the $3.20 top elect, still holds favouritism ahead of Godolphin gun Flit ($3.90) and Kiwi import Probabeel, who is on the third line of betting at $5.

Funstar will be first-up for just the second time in her career but after a solid track workout at Rosehill over the weekend Waller believes the filly is primed to deliver a powerful resuming performance.

She is ready to go. I was very happy with that piece of work and the 1400m is perfect for her first-up,” Waller said.

While Funstar is the well-fancied commodity, all eyes from across the Tasman will be on star filly Probabeel, who returns to Australia for the first time since back-to-back second placings in the Group Two Tea Rose and Group One Flight Stakes in October of last year.

The daughter of Savabeel resumed with a win at listed level Ellerslie on January 25 and has had a jumpout at Randwick since.

Trainer Jamie Richards said Probabeel has "a bit of improvement in her yet" approaching Saturday.

“Glen Boss was happy with the way she trialled. He said she was a professional that never touched the bridle and gave him a lovely ride,” Richards said.

“She had a decent blow and she has a bit of improvement in her yet. She had a week in the paddock after the Karaka Million three-year-old and we wanted to get her over there and get a trial into her. I think it stands us in good stead building into next Saturday.”

Surround Stakes 2020 Final Field & Betting Odds

No
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Odds
1FlitJames CummingsHugh Bowman7$3.90
2LyreAnthony FreedmanKerrin McEvoy2$7
3KiamichiJames CummingsRachael King6$34
4FunstarChris WallerJames McDonald24$3.40
5ProbabeelJamie RichardsOpie Bosson5$5
6Missile MantraPeter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy1$35
7How WombaticCiaron Maher & David EustaceJye McNeil13$14
8XilongTony & Calvin McEvoyGlen Boss12$23
9AkariBrad WiddupChristian Reith11$61
10Betcha FlyingChris WallerJason Collett10$61
11Heart Of The OakGerald RyanTim Clark3$61
12EmeraldsJohn SargentBen Melham8$17
13Saas FeeGerald RyanJosh Parr13$67
14Aspect RatioJohn SargentAndrew Adkins4$126