John Dillon Stakes 2012 Field & Odds – Southern Speed Resumes Racing

This Thursday’s Australia Day race meeting at Caulfield is set to host the race return of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, the classy mare one of favourites to win the 2012 John Dillon Stakes despite it being an unsuitable race for the 2012 Australian Cup-bound champ.

Southern Speed

Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed kicks off her 2012 Australian Cup campaign in the John Dillon Stakes on Thursday

Due to jump at 6:20pm (VIC time) as Caulfield Race 6, the $100,000 Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) has drawn a final field of 13 gallopers with the Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Southern Speed the 60kg topweight.

Drawn nicely in barrier two with ace hoop Craig Williams engaged, the Southern Image four-year-old races for the first time since her game fourth to Glass Harmonium in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

That run came just one start after Southern Speed’s upset success in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), and although she is heavily weighted for Thursday, connections remain hopeful of a strong first-up run from their stable ace.

“I think she can (win),”co-trained Macdonald said.

“Nothing’s impossible for a good horse, but being realistic about it, she’ll probably show her best when she gets to about 1800 (metres).

“But she’s got to have a couple of runs before that and she’s got enough class to be competitive this week, I’m sure.

“I’m very happy with her.

“She’s dappled up and she look ssensational.”

Macdonald has a three-run Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival campaign mapped out for Southern Speed following her return on Thursday, her grand final goal being the $1 million Group 1 Dubai Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.

Southern Speed was this week one of 53 early entries making up the 2012 Australian Cup nominations.

Her other autumn runs are scheduled to be in the $400,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 11 where Black Caviar could be among her rivals, and then the $200,000 Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m) back at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 25.

As she gives plenty of weight to some class rivals, and the distance being short of her preferred, Southern Speed is rated a $7 chance in the latest John Dillon Stakes odds at Luxbet.

Three rivals sit above her in the markets with current $4.40 favourite Shadowfax from the Mark Kavanagh stables, last-start Chester Manifold Stakes winner At The Heads ($5.50 Luxbet).

The other single-figure chance in the John Dillon betting this year is Robbie Griffith’s veteran Danzero eight-year-old Danzylum at $9.50 through Luxbet.

Check out the complete 2012 John Dillon Stakes field, barriers and betting odds in the table below.

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2012 John Dillon Stakes Final Field & Odds

Caulfield Race 6 – 26/01/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rtg. Odds*
1 3X0042414X SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Craig Williams 2 60kg 111 7.00 Luxbet
2 05410X600X SOUND JOURNEY Darren Magro Danny Nikolic 1 57.5kg 102 41.00 Luxbet
3 23X19X609X LARGO LAD David Hayes Steven Arnold 9 57kg 101 21.00 Luxbet
4 X34112115X KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 56kg 99 14.00 Luxbet
5 X4008076X1 CHASM Brendan McCarthy Chris Symons 5 55.5kg 98 6.00 Luxbet
6 X036900X80 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 8 55kg 97 9.50 Luxbet
7 1X4312121X VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price Glen Boss 11 55kg 101 10.00 Luxbet
8 X4110X4209 SHADOWFAX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 6 54.5kg 96 4.40 Luxbet
9 31X2081XP5 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 7 54.5kg 96 17.00 Luxbet
10 626X79X251 AT THE HEADS (NZ) Danny O’Brien James Winks 4 54kg 93 5.50 Luxbet
11 604406727X SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon Ms Lisa Cropp 10 54kg 93 81.00 Luxbet
12 X637685124 VEEWAP Tony Vasil Craig Newitt 13 54kg 93 16.00 Luxbet
13 28X18X4X1 ROYAL RAMBLER Michael Drew Michael Walker 3 54kg 65 31.00 Luxbet

*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change