Southern Speed Scratched From 2012 Caulfield Cup Field

October 20th, 2012

The 2012 Caulfield Cup field has been finalised for the race today, with Southern Speed officially scratched from the race.

Southern Speed, who won last year’s edition of the Caulfield Cup, was scratched from the field due to her wide barrier draw of 14 in the $2.5 million race.

This scratching has allowed for first emergency Sabrage to be promoted to one of the starting 18 2012 Caulfield Cup runners.

Southern Speed’s co-trainer, Leon Macdonald, revealed that the five-year-old would now be saved for the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse next weekend.

“It was a tough decision, but we have made the call,” Macdonald said.

“There were a few factors, including that no horse has won successive Caulfield Cups since Rising Fast (1954-55) and that no mare has carried a weight similar to hers and won the race for a long time.”

Macdonald insists that Southern Speed currently has no health woes that would have contributed to her scratching from the 2012 Caulfield Cup field.

“I can’t have the mare going any better, she’s fit and well, but we all feel that next week’s Cox Plate might be a more suitable race for her,” he said.

“The Caulfield Cup is the strongest Cup field we have seen for years, but I also acknowledge that the Cox Plate won’t be any easier to win.”

Southern Speed has had a mixed spring campaign so far, winning the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes two starts before placing a disappointing 15th of 16 runners in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes last run.

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2012 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 141x326x6x AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre Gerald Mosse 19 58kg 118
2 9111x3326x DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Craig Williams 22 58kg 118
3 2x7x33x51x JAKKALBERRY (IRE) Marco Botti Colm O’Donoghue 13 55.5kg 113
4 40x2153x99 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler Jamie Mott 16 55.5kg 111
5 x21110x833 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 12 55kg 112
6 21x343x624 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 17 55kg 110
7 5255×31140 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Nash Rawiller 14 54.5kg 115
8 1411x6x006 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings Nicholas Hall 3 54kg 105
9 190x0x1111 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 21 53.5kg(3.5kg) 107
10 1x15x24011 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani Corey Brown 2 53.5kg 107
11 x55441x008 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 53.5kg 108
12 x72211x093 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 53kg 112
13 52383×2235 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 11 53kg 112
14 42x116x857 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody Glen Boss 10 53kg 104
15 5129×78972 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens Dom Tourneur 9 52.5kg 105
16 241x089x30 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 5 52.5kg 103
17 2x4613x001 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope Ben Melham 4 52kg(1kg) 102
18 415116×970 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Craig Newitt 1 52kg 101
19e 64002×0655 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Ms Clare Lindop 20 51kg 94
20e 214×111327 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 18 51.5kg 101
21e 28x32x42x7 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani 15 51.5kg 100
22e 403164×920 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes 7 50kg 95