Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed will begin spring preparations this weekend in the Group 3 $115,000 2012 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphetville.
One of 17 horses nominated for the Adelaide sprint, the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained mare will be having her first run since finishing fifth in the BMW in April.
The talented five-year-old is again being aimed at the Caulfield Cup which she won by 1 1/2 lengths last year ahead of Green Moon and Tullamore.
Saturday’s first-up run is the first step on the road to back-to-back Caulfield Cup Glory and she will race again in Adelaide two weeks later in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes.
Also nominated to make their return is Jake Stephens-trained multiple black-type winner Alcopop who will be having his first race since October last year.
Despite being eight years old, Alcopop is relatively lightly raced and boasts a solid record of nine wins from 26 starts.
One horse heading into the race in excellent form is David Jolly-trained mare Avoid Lightning who picked up her first black-type victory late last month when winning the Listed Lightning Stakes.
The daughter of Blevic is chasing a fifth consecutive victory after showing plenty of potential in winning five of her six career starts.
Returning from a spell to chase a fourth consecutive win is Lloyd Kennewell gelding The Eighth Maker who was in scintillating form during the summer.
A winner of six of 14 starts, The Eighth Maker hit career best form last preparation and scored black-type victory in the Listed City Of Marion Stakes in December.
A son of Clangalang, the seven-year-old gelding generally performs first-up, having won once and placed twice when previously returning from a spell.
Also nominated for the Spring Stakes are Peter Moody-trained Justify That and Tony McEvoy-trained Candle.
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Spring Stakes 2012 – Nominations
|2||AVOID LIGHTNING||David Jolly||91|
|3||BALZEUS||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||78|
|6||DIPLOMATIC FORCE||Wayne Nichols||98|
|7||DRIFTING SPIRIT||Darren Egan||59|
|8||GOSSIP GIRL||Jim Mason||92|
|9||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||96|
|10||JUSTIFY THAT||Peter Moody||95|
|11||LA PRALINE||Phillip Stokes||78|
|12||LIGHT EXPRESS||Michael Hibbs||85|
|14||SHABANGABANG (NZ)||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||80|
|15||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||112|
|17||THE EIGHTH MAKER||Lloyd Kennewell||96|