The second round of acceptances has been released for the 2012 Melbourne Cup, which is due to run at Flemington Racecourse next Tuesday November 6, 2012.
46 horses remain in the running to receive a start in the $6 million race, including Southern Speed.
Southern Speed produced an eye catching run in the 2012 Cox Plate last weekend, in which she finished sixth.
The five-year-old will now head to the Melbourne Cup for the first time after a mixed spring campaign.
Southern Speed won the Listed Penny Edition Stakes and Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes earlier in her preparation before posting a disappointing 15th in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.
The Southern Image mare declined the opportunity to claim back-to-back Caulfield Cup wins by bypassing the race in favour of her 2012 Cox Plate run.
The classy mare will now look to claim her biggest race win when she lines up for the 3,200 metre Melbourne Cup.
Having never run over the 3,200 metre distance before, it will be a huge test for Southern Speed.
She has won seven of her 25 race starts and has earned more than $2.77 million in prize money during her horse racing career.
Southern Speed will be ridden by jockey Nash Rawiller in the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Co-trainer Leon MacDonald is convinced the mare has what it takes to win her first 2012 Melbourne Cup run.
“Last week I was against running her in the Melbourne Cup but the way she finished the race off yesterday has changed my mind,” Macdonald said.
“She seems to be racing a bit dour and her final sectionals were very impressive.
“Nash will ride her in the Cup.”
Americain, Dunaden, Ethipoia and Lights Of Heaven are also included in the 2012 Melbourne Cup second acceptances.
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2012 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances
|1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||118|
|2||BACK IN BLACK (NZ)||John Steffert||89|
|3||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Andre Fabre||105|
|4||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||108|
|5||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||95|
|6||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||90|
|7||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||120|
|9||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||98|
|10||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||98|
|11||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes||95|
|12||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||107|
|13||GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||107|
|14||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden||104|
|15||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||107|
|16||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||112|
|17||IBICENCO (GER)||Luca Cumani||99|
|19||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||113|
|20||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||102|
|21||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||112|
|22||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||105|
|23||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||107|
|25||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||108|
|26||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|27||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani||107|
|28||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|29||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||86|
|30||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||102|
|31||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||104|
|32||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||103|
|33||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||112|
|34||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||98|
|36||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||105|
|37||SHAHWARDI (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||105|
|38||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||115|
|40||TAC DE BOISTRON (FR)||Michael Kent||107|
|42||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||102|
|43||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||97|
|44||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||110|
|45||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||110|
|46||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||103|