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Surround Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Surround Stakes is one of two features run 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 La Mexicana bring her Melbourne form to the Sydney in the Surround Stakes? (Getty)
The Surround Stakes is a Group One three-year-old fillies race run over 1400 metres at Royal Randwick.

Named after the champion filly 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.

2021 Surround Stakes Odds

1MontefiliaDavid PayneHugh Bowman11
2Away GameCiaron Maher & David EustaceGlen Boss14
3Dame GisellePeter & Paul SnowdenTommy Berry9
4Every RoseMark NewnhamTom Sherry (a)16
5Hungry HeartChris WallerJames McDonald17
6Forbidden LoveRichard & Michael FreedmanNash Rawiller3
7Never Talk
Kris LeesJason Collett7
8VangelicGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark8
9La MexicanaAnthony & Sam FreedmanTom Marquand10
10ThermosphereJames CummingsRachel King5
11ElizabeelJohn SargentRobbie Dolan13
12JovialityChris WallerBrenton Avdulla4
13PhilizzyAnthony CummingsAndrew Adkins2
14Love SensationKevin CorstensSam Clipperton1
15MiravalleMark NewnhamJoshua Parr6
16Eight DiamondsMichael, Wayne & John HawkesJay Ford12
17ePippaliJason Coyle

Odds are provided by Sportsbetting.com.au & correct at 7.30pm on 24/02/2021.

2021 Surround Stakes Tips

2021 Surround Stakes Best Bet - La Mexicana

Without a standout among the current crop of Sydney fillies, it gives this in-form Victorian a great chance at Group One One glory in the 2021 Surround Stakes.

The one blemish from the daughter of I Am Invincible did come at 1400m, which is the main knock, albeit she did run into an in-form Hindaam via that Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown last spring, and was still comfortably holding every other rival in the run to the line, so we'll give her another chance.

La Mexicana is unbeaten on Soft and Heavy ground and with the ability to make her own luck on the speed, she can give a good sight at an each-way price in Saturday's three-year-old feature from Royal Randwick.

2021 Surround Stakes Value Bet - Elizabeel

The 50/1 on offer first-up in the Light Finger Stakes was surprising and off one of the better performances in that key lead-up event on February 13, she's again over the odds despite the $26 now being snapped up.

Considering she was three-wide and providing a perfect tow into for Hungry Heart (a $7 chance in this), her performance was much superior to that of the Waller-trained filly, where she safely outsprinted that rival late despite a worse run in transit.

Elizabeel should've beaten the Group One-placed Forbidden Love over this track and trip last campaign which was when stepping from 1100m to 1400m at start four for that preparation, so with two trials and a return hit-out, she's got a better platform for this feature.

Surround Stakes FAQ

Who won the 2020 Surround Stakes?

Probabeel won the 2020 Surround Stakes.

How much is the Surround Stakes worth?

The total prize money for the Surround Stakes is $500,000.

$287,000 of that goes to the winner.

What distance is the Surround Stakes?

The Surround Stakes is run over 1400m at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

How to bet on the Surround Stakes?

To place a bet on the Surround Stakes you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker.

Corporate bookies provide betting markets on the Surround Stakes well in advance of the race date and provide best tote and fixed odds markets in the week leading into the race.

When did the Surround Stakes get Group One status?

The Surround Stakes got Group One status in 2018.

Shoals won this race in that year.



The consistent La Mexicana represents good each-way value in the 2021 Surround Stakes.

Elizabeel is big odds off a good return effort and is a contender in an open race.

Best Bet: La Mexicana Each Way @610.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Elizabeel Each Way @1820.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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