Horse Racing Bets – Group 1 Surround Stakes – Bluey’s Racing Preview 2021

SURROUND STAKES 2021 PREVIEW

CAULFIELD RACE 9 – 17:15 AEDT

3YO FILLIES OPEN
1400m
$500,000
SOFT 7
Rail TRUE entire

# Form Horse Trainer Jockey (barrier) Weight (kg) Current Price
1 4113x MONTEFILIA D PAYNE  H BOWMAN (11) 56.0 $11
2 5×233 AWAY GAME C MAHER & D EUSTACE  G BOSS (14) 56.0 $8.50
3 114×4 DAME GISELLE P & P SNOWDEN  TOMMY BERRY (9) 56.0 $4.80
4 x46x1 EVERY ROSE MARK NEWNHAM  TOM SHERRY (16) 56.0 $18
5 227×7 HUNGRY HEART C WALLER  J B MC DONALD (17) 56.0 $10
6 31319 FORBIDDEN LOVE R & M FREEDMAN  N RAWILLER (3) 56.0 $13
7 17152 NEVER TALK K LEES  J R COLLETT (7) 56.0 $8
8 330×8 VANGELIC G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT  TIM CLARK (8) 56.0 $19
9 12×11 LA MEXICANA A & S FREEDMAN  TOM MARQUAND (10) 56.0 $6.50
10 68×36 THERMOSPHERE JAMES CUMMINGS  MS R KING (5) 56.0 $17
11 134×4 ELIZABEEL J SARGENT  R DOLAN (13) 56.0 $23
12 520×0 JOVIALITY C WALLER  B AVDULLA (4) 56.0 $34
13 60×49 PHILIZZY A CUMMINGS  A ADKINS (2) 56.0 $81
14 50×45 LOVE SENSATION K CORSTENS  S CLIPERTON (1) 56.0 $41
15 6644x MIRAVALLE MARK NEWNHAM  J PARR (6) 56.0 $26
16 54×14 EIGHT DIAMONDS M HAWKES  J FORD (12) 56.0 $61
17 514 PIPPALI J COYLE  56.0 $126

OVERVIEW

A cracking field lines up for this year’s Surround Stakes, with multiple runners searching for that elusive first Group 1 victory. Montefilia is the sole Group 1 winner in this field, however sits outside the top line of betting due to stiff opposition. Among those are; Away Game, Dame Giselle, La Mexicana and Hungry Heart. It looks to be a very similar race to the 2020 Tea Rose stakes, where Dame Giselle proved victorious. Will we see a similar result today?

SPEED MAP

With multiple frontrunning types engaged, I’m expecting a hot tempo for this year’s Surround Stakes. Forbidden Love, Vangelic, La Mexicana & Away Game will all be challenging for the early lead, in what could be a frantic beginning to the race. Every Rose & Elizabeel will also push forward from out wide, along with Dame Giselle from gate 9. Hungry Heart and Never Talk should sit toward the tail of the field.

KEY RUNNERS

  1. AWAY GAME ($8.50)

Has been under the spotlight this week after sustaining an abrasion to her off-side hip when being unloaded from a float. There’s question marks over whether she’ll run, but if she does, she certainly warrants respect. She’s been ultra consistent throughout her short career (yet to finish worse than 2.9L away in her eleven start career) and has been knocking on the door for Group 1 success. She should be in the finish if she runs.

  1. DAME GISELLE ($4.80)

A solid return last start, finishing just 1.4L away in the ING Sprint at Randwick behind Rocketing By and Prime Star. She was brilliant last preparation, scoring three wins from just four runs – all at Group 2 level. Notably, she’s undefeated second up and will no doubt take great improvement from that first up return.

  1. HUNGRY HEART ($10)

Has certainly shown talent in the past, finishing second multiple times in Group races last prep, including the Group 1 Flight Stakes. She resumed last start at Randwick, sitting at the rear of the field and running home strongly for a 2L defeat. That was a sound return and she can build on that here with another solid run. Tempo will suit.

BLUEY’S PICK

  1. DAME GISELLE ($4.80)

Dame Giselle looks the one to beat here for mine. She was brilliant last prep on her way to three Group 2 wins, but was unlucky in her attempt at Group 1 success when badly held up and slow to recover. She was solid first up and will be ready to go for this. She gets the run of the race behind a fast pace and can finish over the top of them.