SURROUNDING claimed her first victory at pattern level with a typically tenacious effort in the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse.
Mick Halford’s admirable mare has been a model of consistency throughout her career, winning six of her previous 21 starts and placing on a further nine occasions.
Having been beaten just a short-head on her most recent outing in a premier handicap at the Curragh last month, Surrounding was the 2/1 favourite and dug deep for Ronan Whelan to hold two British raiders at bay.
The six-year-old raced on the speed throughout the seven-furlong contest and hit the front still travelling strongly passing the two-furlong marker.
David O’Meara’s Perfection followed her through, while the Ed Walker-trained Indian Blessing also came home to good effect, but Surrounding was not for passing and had a length in hand at the post.
Surrounding, with @WhelanRonan on top for Mick Halford, wins the Group 3 feature at @Fairyhouse at the age of six, her best performance on a racecourse yet— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 14, 2019
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Halford said: “I’m delighted with her. She seems to be getting better with age and seems to be improving, which I suppose is rare enough with a six-year-old.
“She’s a credit to her breeder. She had placed blacktype and has won a couple of listed races, so to win a Group 3 with her as well is great. She’s tough and genuine, and I just wish I had a few more like her.”
Asked about future plans, the trainer added: “She is in at the Curragh at the weekend (Minstrel Stakes), but that might be a bit quick for her.
“We’ll get her home and see how she is. There are plenty of options for her.”