Connections confident Away Game will be cleared to start in Surround Stakes


A float incident isn’t likely to prevent Away Game from lining up in the Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick this Saturday.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable are confident gun filly Away Game will take her place in the Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick despite a ‘very minor’ setback on Wednesday.

Racing NSW stewards announced the Group 2 winner would need to undergo a veterinary examination on Thursday morning after slipping over when being loaded into a float on Wednesday.

Away Game suffered an abrasion to her off-side hip in the fall.

The classy daughter of Snitzel is poised to line up in the Surround Stakes on Saturday and opened as a $7 second elect in betting before drifting to $8 for the 1400m event.

She will now be examined by Racing NSW General Manager Veterinary Services Dr Toby Koenig in a bid to be passed fit for the race.

It’s expected she will be given the green light.

“She cut her hip but it’s very minor and only superficial,” Sydney-based assistant trainer Jack Bruce said.

“It won‘t impact her, she will absolutely take her place.

“She is doing really well and should run well.

“We gave her a gallop on Saturday morning and she has improved all the way through.”

Glen Boss will resume his partnership with Away Game after last partnering the filly to third in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

He also linked up with Away Game to capture the Group 2 Percy Sykes at Randwick last autumn.

Away Game will jump from barrier 14 in the Surround Stakes, which has drawn a capacity field.


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