Peter Snowden’s classy Lonhro filly Parables scored a thrilling win at Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes Day on Saturday March 5, claiming an upset victory ahead of a classy field of fellow three-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).
All the money was on the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Strawberries, the Group 1 placegetter backed into the firm $1.40 favourite.
However a brilliant tactical ride by Rod Quinn, who picked up the ride for the Surround Stakes after Corey Brown was injured during a trial on Friday, saw $5.50 second favourite Parables become the 2011 Surround Stakes winner after a nail-biting run to the line.
After jumping from barrier seven, Quinn took Parables around the field out wide without cover to hit the lead mid-way down the straight.
In the end Parables held on to defeat Red Tracer ($8) by a short-neck with improving roughie Rose Of Peace ($61) a further length and a half way for third, nudging More Joyous out of the placings.
More Strawberries, ridden by Nash Rawiller who had earlier won a hat-trick at Warwick Farm, ran like she wanted more distance and could only manage to finish fourth nearly two lengths back from the winner.
Waterhouse will continue preparations to run More Strawberries in the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 16.
Darley-owned Parables, who was second-up this preparation on Saturday after finishing third to Obsequious in the Group 2 Light Fingers stakes (1200m) on February 12, has now won three of her nine career starts for $350,150 in prize money to date.
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2011 Patinack Farm Surround Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||PARABLES||Rod Quinn||Peter Snowden||–||$5.50|
|2||RED TRACER||Nathan Berry||Chris Waller||0.2||$8|
|3||ROSE OF PEACE||Brenton Avdulla||Gary Portelli||1.7||$61|
|4||MORE STRAWBERRIES||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||1.8||$1.40F|
|5||POTIONS||Jim Cassidy||John P Thompson||4||$31|
|6||M’LADY PEDRILLE||Tim Clark||Ron Quinton||4.1||$51|
|7||KIM HEAVEN||Hugh Bowman||Bart Cummings||6||$26|
|8||GAI’S CHOICE||Tommy Berry||David Pfieffer||6.7||$41|
|9||WHO’S READY||Joshua Parr||Alan Scorse||10.5||$151|