The Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick on Saturday features a field of 12 talented three-year-old fillies, with Annabel Neasham‘s Learning To Fly the clear favourite at $3.20 through Ladbrokes.

Learning To Fly | Photo: Steve Hart |

Class filly Learning To Fly is favourite to return to winning form in the Surround Stakes 2024 at Randwick this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Fresh off a narrow loss in the Light Fingers Stakes, Learning To Fly seeks redemption at her preferred distance of 1400m.

This Golden Slipper hard luck story boasts an impressive 3:2-1-0 record at Randwick and looks poised to overcome her last-start rival, Kimochi.

Kimochi, trained by Gary Portelli, chases the Light Fingers-Surround Stakes double at $6 odds.

While unproven beyond 1200m, her two strong Group 1 runner-up finishes over the mile last year suggest she shouldn’t be underestimated.

Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall, trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, is another major contender at $7.50.

After a long break, she returns to Sydney in good form following two promising trials.

Other notable contenders include multiple Group 2 winner Tiz Invincible ($7) and the consistent Makarena ($8.50), who finished a close second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes recently.

The $750,000 Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) is scheduled to run as Randwick Race 8 – 4:35pm (AEDT) on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day 2024.

2024 Surround Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x13120x TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2 56kg 104
2 11x007121x ZARDOZI James Cummings Tom Marquand 10 56kg 102
3 3x322232x1 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 7 56kg 96
4 111Lx2 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 6 56kg 95
5 42x11169x6 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 5 56kg 92
6 21x08x43 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 8 56kg 88
7 221x6734x TUTTA LA VITA Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 3 56kg 86
8 211×2 MAKARENA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 13 56kg 85
9 15x188x8 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 4 56kg 83
10 2211x ROLL ON HIGH Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 11 56kg 80
11 32x1165x7 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 9 56kg 77
12 6x331x1234 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Tommy Berry 1 56kg 76
13 24x4012x9 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 12 56kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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