Top 5 Surround Stakes Winners
The Surround Stakes (1600m) is a Group 1 race for the three-year-old fillies and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Surround Stakes winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Surround Stakes winners.
1. MORE JOYOUS (2010)
The star mare from the Gai Waterhouse stable claimed the Surround Stakes when it was a Group 2 event back in 2010. She won that at the end of her three-year-old season that saw her win four of five, including the Flight Stakes (1600m) in the previous spring. The versatile galloper won eight career Group 1 races in total and went on to be named as the Champion Middle Distance Racehorse in 2012. She won the Doncaster that year with 57.5kg, just shy of the 58kg that Sunline carted to victory in 2002, while other wins came in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and Queen Of The Turf (1500m) on two occasions. She was the dominant filly and mare of her generation.
2. STREAMA (2012)
One of the last top gallopers for the late trainer, Guy Walter, Streama captured the Surround Stakes in 2012 as a $1.45 favourite ahead of Sea Siren and Hallowell Belle. She won the Triple Crown for the fillies in the spring of 2011 and like More Joyous, went on to match it with the open class horses as an older horse, picking up the George Main Stakes (1600m) and the Doomben Cup (2000m) in 2014. Her other Group 1 win came in the Australian Oaks in 2012, while she was placed in the Epsom (1600m), Stradbroke (1400m) and Queen Of The Turf (1500m).
3. SHOALS (2018)
Shoals took out the Surround Stakes just three years after it was elevated to Group 1 status. That victory came in 2018 and the Anthony Freedman-trained mare started at the $13 that day. She picked up the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at her next start, capping off a fine six months as she had won the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington as a three-year-old in the previous spring. The daughter of Fastnet Rock retired with seven wins from 15 starts and picked up more than $2.5 million in prizemoney for connections.
4. LOTTERIA (2005)
Lotteria was a two-time Group 1 winner that claimed the Surround Stakes in 2005. The Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper had a solid three-year-old season and won the Flight Stakes in the spring of 2004 before finishing runner-up in the Arrowfield Stakes (2000m) in the autumn. But it is her effort in the Cox Plate of 2005 for which she is well remembered, filling the exacta behind the champion mare, Maybe Diva, going down by just over a length and defeating the likes of Fields Of Omagh in the process. Following that race, she won the Myer Classic at Flemington before retiring the next autumn with eight wins to her credit from 17 starts.
5. FIRST SEAL (2015)
Known as the conqueror of Winx before that horse became the unstoppable force that she was, First Seal was too good form them in the Surround Stakes of 2015. She was the best filly of her generation, defeating Winx on three occasions, including a three-length romp in the Flight Stakes in 2014. The John Thompson mare never got near the heights that Winx eventually did but claimed the Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield as a four-year-old and retired with six wins from 21 starts.