Southern Speed Leads 2012 John Dillon Stakes Nominations

Reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed is set to resume racing next Thursday at Caulfield’s Australia Day races, the Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained champion headlining the early entries for the John Dillon Stakes 2012.

Southern Speed

Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed will resume racing in the 2012 John Dillon Stakes next Thursday

There were 23 nominations taken for this year’s edition of the $100,000 John Dillon Stakes (1400m), Southern Speed the highest-rated of the hopefuls.

The multiple Group 1 performer hit the big time in the spring with her upset victory in the Caulfield Cup, Southern Speed last seen finishing fourth to Glass Harmonium in the Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day.

While looking forward to her return and the upcoming autumn carnival, co-trainer Macdonald has warned the punters not to expect too much from Southern Speed in her first-up assignment.

“Being a handicap she will get a lot of weight,” Macdonald explained.

“And her first-up record is not conclusive but she’s got to start somewhere and it fits in with her campaign.

“Everything is going along nicely, she looks a million dollars and has dappled right up.

“After the Dillon all her races will be at weight-for-age.”

Robert Hickmott also has a number of highly-credentialed gallopers featuring in the John Dillon Stakes 2012 nominations including At First Sight, Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon and Bendigo Cup winner Tanby.

Other notable hopefuls include defending John Dillon Stakes winner Danzylum who hasn’t won a race since, last-start Doveton Stakes winner at the track Chasm, Mark Kavanagh’s resuming Danewin gelding King Diamond and Danny O’Brien’s Hussonet stallion At The Heads coming off a smart win over the previously undefeated Pied A Terre in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Saturday.

The 2012 John Dillon Stakes final field, as well as those for the three other Listed features running at Caulfield on Australia Day, are due for release next Tuesday.

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2012 John Dillon Stakes Nominations

Caulfield – 26/01/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 106
2 AT THE HEADS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 93
3 CHASM Brendan McCarthy 98
4 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths 97
5 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 84
6 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 86
7 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 103
8 JOSIMAR Colin & Cindy Alderson 71
9 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody 99
10 LARGO LAD David Hayes 101
11 LONDON STRIPE (IRE) Robert Hickmott 78
12 MR MAKE BELIEVE Peter G Moody 96
13 PRINCESS NARINE Mick Price 80
14 ROYAL RAMBLER Michael Drew 65
15 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon 93
16 SANDHILL PRINCE Sam Turner 94
17 SHADOWFAX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh 96
18 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody 96
19 SOUND JOURNEY Darren Magro 102
20 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 111
21 TANBY Robert Hickmott 102
22 VEEWAP Tony Vasil 93
23 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price 101