Southern Speed Heads 2012 Penny Edition Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed will continue her road to a defence of the prestigious staying race this Saturday in the Listed $80,000 2012 Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphetville.

Southern Speed

Southern Speed headlines nominations for the Penny Edition Stakes

The Adelaide-based mare returned to racing in impressive fashion two weeks ago when she finished strongly to run home third in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m).

A daughter of Southern Shimmer, Southern Speed is again being aimed at the Caulfield Cup and Saturday will be her final race in Adelaide before heading to Melbourne.

The winner of five of 20 starts and more than $2.4 million in prize money is one of 17 nominations for Saturday’s Adelaide feature.

Also included in nominations is former Melbourne Cup sixth Alcopop who also returned in the Spring Stakes.

The Jake Stephens-trained gelding finished seventh in what was his first run since last year’s spring carnival.

A son of Jeune, Alcopop won last year’s Penny Edition Stakes before going on to finish runner-up in the Dato’ Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Joining the star pair in nominations is lightly-raced seven-year-old The Eighth Maker who will be looking to bounce back from a fifth-place effort in the Spring Stakes.

Trained by Lloyd Kennewell, The Eighth Maker has won six times from 15 starts including the Listed Marion Stakes at his home track in December.

Also stepping out of Kennewell is five-year-old gelding Rialya who was last seen in March when winning the Adelaide Cup.

The five-year-old stayer has been nominated for the Caulfield Cup and will be out to add to his resume that stands at seven wins from 24 starts.

Other horses inlcuded in Penny Edition Stakes nominations are last-start winner Glaneuse and Peter Moody-trained Justify That.

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Penny Edition Stakes 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 104
2 BAGMAN Sam Kavanagh 98
3 BERTUCCI Lloyd Kennewell 86
4 GLANEUSE Michael O’Leary 97
5 HE’S HOT TO TROT Mick Whittle 76
6 JUSTIFY THAT Peter Moody 95
7 LEXCEN Lloyd Kennewell 88
8 LIGHT TAN Michael O’Leary 85
9 MAGICAL PEARL Dennis O’Leary 88
10 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Jon O’Connor 92
11 MY EX MATE Peter F Blanch 84
12 OUR FREED MAN Craig Stewart 74
13 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 97
14 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 99
15 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 112
16 SPACECRAFT David Hayes 95
17 THE EIGHTH MAKER Lloyd Kennewell 96