Southern Speed Hits Melbourne in Makybe Diva Stakes 2012

September 6, 2012

Southern Speed Hits Melbourne in Makybe Diva Stakes 2012

Reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed will race in Melbourne for the first time this spring when she takes on a crack field of fellow stayers in the 2012 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington Racecourse.

Southern Speed

Southern Speed is one of the top two chances in the 2012 Makybe Diva Stakes on Saturday

The five-year-old Southern Image mare is one of 12 gallopers engaged in this year’s edition of the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) which is one of the key early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-ups for the cup types.

Prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas in Adelaide, Southern Speed will be third-up for the season having had two good runs back home at Morphettville last month.

A first-up third to Happy Trails in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) was followed by a big three length victory in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) on August 25, Clare Lindop aboard for both runs.

Lindop will be replaced on Saturday however by ace hoop Craig Williams who was in the saddle for Southern Speed’s success in the Caulfield Cup last spring, the duo a top chance again on Saturday with the fitness edge.

“She’s going terrific,” co-trained Macdonald said.

“I couldn’t be happier with her this preparation.”

The talented mare is heading towards a title defense in the first of the big spring majors in Melbourne this time in with the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) again on the agenda.

She has a tough task ahead however if she is to become the first ever mare to record multiple Caulfield Cup victories after receiving 54.5kg in the weights on Wednesday.

There is a chance Southern Speed may also run in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley seven days after the Caulfield Cup, Macdonald keeping his options open with her.

Futures Caulfield Cup betting at bookmaker.com.au have Southern Speed rated as a $21 chance, equal with reigning Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, who Craig Williams is committed to ride – markets led by the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon.

In the early Makybe Diva Stakes odds meanwhile she is paying $3.40 as the narrow second elect behind the Peter Moody-trained Manighar ($3.30) who resumes after a stellar autumn – winter campaign that produced three Group 1 victories.

The other most notable rivals Southern Speed will face in the Makybe Diva on Saturday then include Doomben Cup winner Mawingo ($5) and the resuming December Draw ($8) who hasn’t raced since pulling up lame when running dead last as the beaten favourite in last October’s Caulfield Cup.

To get behind Southern Speed for her Flemington run on Saturday and access the futures Caulfield Cup odds, head over to bookmaker.com.au who are also giving away $400 bonus bets to new depositing customers that quote the code BONUSBET!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The E...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The Everest After Brisbane Winter

It is shaping-up as a huge year for Benjamin Smith’s class mare In Her Time...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 for Trapeze Artist

The world’s richest race on turf, the 2018 The Everest, will be firmly on the...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field