A strong 2012 Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) will be run at at Morphetville on Saturday with Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed heading the 12-horse field.
The Southern Image mare will again be aimed at the prestigious 2400-metre event and she returned in promising fashion two weeks ago.
After getting blocked a number of times in the straight the five-year-old produced a fast finish to run third in the Group 3 Spring Stakes behind Happy Trails and Gossip Girl.
Returning to defend his title in the Adelaide feature is Alcopop who won last year’s event in a tight finish ahead of Glaneuse.
The veteran gelding then went on to finish runner-up in the Dato’ Chin Nam Stakes before his spring campaign was cut short after running home last in the Caulfield Stakes.
A son of Jeune, the eight-year-old has a solid record of nine wins from 27 starts and has collected over $600,000 in prize money.
Glaneuse will return to attempt to go one better this year and brings winning form into the race.
The Michael O’Leary-trained seven-year-old hit the line well to win the Listed Winter Championship Final at Flemington last month.
Having their first start since March is Adelaide Cup winner Rialya who was at the top of his game in the autumn.
The son of Kempinsky won the Listed Birthday Cup and finished runner-up in the Lord Reims Stakes before beating Drunken Sailor to take top honours in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup.
Other horses included in the Penny Edition Stakes field are last-start winner Light Tan and Lloyd Kennewell’s The Eighth Maker.
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Penny Edition Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||910x5129x7||ALCOPOP||Jake Stephens||Dom Tourneur||7||59kg||104|
|2||451855121x||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||6||59kg||99|
|3||0213x1335x||BAGMAN||Sam Kavanagh||Chad Lever||11||59kg||98|
|4||1269×63001||GLANEUSE||Michael O’Leary||Ms Linda Meech||5||59kg||97|
|5||37x13111x5||THE EIGHTH MAKER||Lloyd Kennewell||Paul Gatt||2||59kg||96|
|6||6127×31144||JUSTIFY THAT||Peter Moody||Ms Libby Hopwood||4||59kg||95|
|7||480480×779||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes||Nathan Rose||8||59kg||95|
|8||2006548198||MY BENTLEY (NZ)||Jon O’Connor||Simon Price||12||59kg||92|
|9||473×840460||MAGICAL PEARL||Dennis O’Leary||TBA||1||59kg||88|
|10||712×346201||LIGHT TAN||Michael O’Leary||Jason Holder||10||59kg||85|
|11||33210339×6||HE’S HOT TO TROT||Mick Whittle||Adrian Patterson||3||59kg||76|
|12||4x125255x3||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Ms Clare Lindop||9||57kg||112|