Surround Stakes

Surround Stakes, Randwick Racecourse

Looking for early info on this year’s Surround Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 1,400 metres in late February or early March, the Surround Stakes is a Group 1 race, held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. With a half million dollar prize purse, it attracts a lot of nationwide, as well as Trans Tasman talent.

If you’re looking for a lead in race to this one, you simply can not go past the Light Fingers Stakes, taking place two weeks prior.

The races Group level history has always been on an upward trajectory. For it’s first 6 years, it was run at the Group 3 level, followed by 31 years at Group 2. Just recently, in 2017, the race was upgraded to become a Group 1 race.

Surround Stakes 2019 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights
  • Qualification: Three year old (fillies only)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $500,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1979

Surround Stakes Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Surround Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Surround Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Surround Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Surround Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Surround Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Surround Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Surround Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Surround Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Surround Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Surround Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Surround Stakes

  1. Join up at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Surround Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Surround Stakes 2019 Odds

Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Surround Stakes here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 17/12/2018, prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds

Surround Stakes 2018 Results

2018’s results are displayed in the table below:

Place No. Barrier Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Weight Spread
1 1 4 Shoals Anthony Freedman Joshua Parr 56 kgs $13
2 7 11 Torvill Clarry Conners Christian Reith 0.5 lengths 56 kgs $18
3 5 3 Rimraam David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 0.7 lengths 56 kgs $26
3 6 1 Shumookh Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.7 lengths 56 kgs $4
5 10 2 Moss Trip Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1.5 lengths 56 kgs $20
6 2 10 Alizee James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1.8 lengths 56 kgs $2.70
7 11 8 Touch Of Mink Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King (a) 2.5 lengths 56 kgs $101
8 9 6 Yulong Xingsheng Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 3.7 lengths 56 kgs $51
9 3 9 Melody Belle Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Hugh Bowman 3.8 lengths 56 kgs $9.50
10 4 5 Frolic Edward O’Rourke Jason Collett 4.7 lengths 56 kgs $9
11 8 7 Unforgotten Chris Waller Jay Ford 7.6 lengths 56 kgs $12


Which Horse Will Win The Surround Stakes

The best way to pick who will win the Surround Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Light Fingers Stakes – Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this lead up race is a strong predictor of success. Look out for placegetters, and see if they’re entered into the Surround Stakes field.
  • Track Condition – Amongst those who did well in the Light Fingers Stakes, look for a horse who excels at each kind of track condition, and match them with the conditions at Randwick on race day.
  • Predict An Upset – Since the Lightning Fingers Stakes placegetters are usually such a sure thing, it can be worth finding an outside runner and betting on them, if you can figure out a reason they might win. Most of the good research will come from looking at unbeaten horses at 1,400 metre distances.

Surround Stakes Favourites

Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.

Surround Stakes 2019 Field

The field limit is 16. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer


Surround Stakes 2019 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Surround Stakes Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 2nd of March, 2019.

Surround Stakes Barrier Draw

The 2018 Surround Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.

Surround Stakes Nominations

Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 25th of February, 2019.

Surround Stakes Weights

Standard weight conditions apply to this race. The weight is set at 56 kilograms. Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Tuesday, the 26th of February, 2019.

Surround Stakes Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of February, 2019.

Surround Stakes Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of March, 2019.

Surround Stakes Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 2nd of March, 2019.

Surround Stakes Prize Money

The Surround Stakes prize purse is worth $500,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $287,000
2nd $94,000
3rd $49,500
4th $22,250
5th $12,250
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000
9th $5,000
10th $5,000

Surround Stakes Race Number

The Surround Stakes is race number 2 on the 2nd of March, 2019. There are nine races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

Surround Stakes Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2019’s Surround Stakes has been released.

Surround Stakes Live

You can watch or listen to the 2019 Surround Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Surround Stakes Winners

Winners of the Surround Stakes for the past nineteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1979, please check our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2018 Shoals Anthony Freedman Joshua Parr 56 kgs 1:23.46
2017 La Bella Diosa Mandy & Matt Brown Jason Collett 56 kgs 1:25.62
2016 Ghisoni John O’Shea James McDonald 56 kgs 1:21.35
2015 First Seal John Thompson Blake Shinn 56 kgs 1:22.93
2014 Thump Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 56 kgs 1:23.57
2013 Dear Demi Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 56 kgs 1:22.26
2012 Streama Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 56 kgs 1:24.70
2011 Parables Peter Snowden Rod Quinn 56 kgs 1:22.35
2010 More Joyous Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 56 kgs 1:23.64
2009 Portillo Peter Snowden Corey Brown 56 kgs 1:21.83
2008 Chinchilla Rose Steele Ryan Stephen Baster 56 kgs 1:24.23
2007 Gold Edition Ron Maund Jim Cassidy 56 kgs 1:22.38
2006 Regal Cheer Joseph Pride Glen Boss 55.5 kgs 1:22.87
2005 Lotteria Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 55.5 kgs 1:22.85
2004 Only Words John Hawkes Rod Quinn 55.5 kgs 1:25.95
2003 Bollinger Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 55.5 kgs 1:23.17
2002 Hosannah John Hawkes Darren Beadman 54 kgs 1:22.85
2001 On Type Gai Waterhouse Brian York 54 kgs 1:22.77
2000 Ad Alta Tony Gillies Darren Beadman 54 kgs 1:24.04