More Joyous Wins Surround Stakes

March 8th, 2010

More Joyous, trained by the successful Gai Waterhouse, won the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on Saturday at Sydney’s Warwick Farm Racecourse.

The three-year-old filly went into the race as clear favourite, however had to pull out a strong finish as Hurtle Myrtle closed in on her in the final 200 metres, to maintain her unbeaten Sydney Carnival record.

The filly went in as clear favourite however had to pull out a strong finish as Hurtle Myrtle closed in on her.

It was an incredible testament to Hurtle Myrtle, really pulling out a strong performance having not gone into the Surround Stakes as a favourite, but will now look to the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) as a possible follow up event on the 20th of March.

Next up for the winner will most likely be the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) on the 17th of April.

John Thompson-trained So Anyway rounded out the top three finishers, coming in behind Hurtle Myrtle by 2 ¾ lengths.

Little Surfer Girl raced well, coming from the outside barrier and cutting across the field to finish fourth, while Devoirs came in fifth in the field of eight.
Also taking place on Saturday was the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

2010 Surround Stakes Results

Position

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1st
More Joyous (NZ)
Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller
2nd
Hurtle Myrtle
Matthew Smith Glyn Schofield
3rd
So Anyway
John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla
4th
Little Surfer Girl
Chris Waller Tim Clark
5th
Devoirs
Grahame Begg Jim Cassidy
6th
Prerequisite
David Payne Blake Shinn
7th
Sweepstaking
Gillian Heinrich Stathi Katsidis
8th
Run For Naara
John P Thompson Hugh Bowman