14 fillies to contest Surround Stakes

Aaron Hamilton Aaron Hamilton

The final field and barrier draw has been announced for Saturday’s Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.

A field of 14 three-year-old fillies are set to line up in the $500,000 feature where racing powerhouse Godolphin hold a strong hand with three runners.

Godolphin Australia Head Trainer James Cummings will saddle up last start Lightfinger Stakes (1200m) winner Flit from barrier 7, while stablemate Kiamichi, who was 3rd in the Lightfinger, jumps from barrier 6.

Lightfinger runner-up Lyre is trained by Anthony Freedman for Godolphin and has come up with barrier 2.

Chris Waller’s Adelaide filly, Funstar, has copped the outside gate (14), while the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained How Womantic will leave from barrier 13 as she aims to make it five wins from as many starts.

2020 Surround Stakes final field and barriers:

1. FLIT James Cummings – Hugh Bowman (7) 56kg
2. LYRE Anthony Freedman – Kerrin McEvoy (2) 56kg
3. KIAMICHI James Cummings – Ms Rachel King (6) 56kg
4. FUNSTAR Chris Waller – James McDonald (14) 56kg
5. PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards – Opie Bosson (5) 56kg
6. MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden – Brenton Avdulla (1) 56kg
7. HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Jye McNeil (13) 56kg
8. XILONG Tony & Calvin McEvoy – Glen Boss (12) 56kg
9. AKARI Brad Widdup – Christian Reith (11) 56kg
10. BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller – Jason Collett (10) 56kg
11. HEART OF THE OAK Gerald Ryan – Tim Clark (3) 56kg
12. EMERALDS John Sargent – Ben Melham (8) 56kg
13. SAAS FEE Gerald Ryan – Joshua Parr (9) 56kg
14. ASPECT RATIO John Sargent – Andrew Adkins (4) 56kg