46 Second Acceptors – 2012 Melbourne Cup

October 29th, 2012

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

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
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
8 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 110
9 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 98
10 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 98
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
18 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 101
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
24 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 103
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
35 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 94
36 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 105
37 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 105
38 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 115
39 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 92
40 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 107
41 TANBY Robert Hickmott 104
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