Spring Stakes 2012 – Nominations & Weights

August 7th, 2012

Nominations have been released for the Group 3 Spring Stakes, which is set to run at Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday August 11, 2012.

17 horses have nominated for the 15 horses field, with Caulfield Cup winning mare Southern Speed currently having the top ballot position.

Southern Speed has had six race starts this year, winning her first in the Listed John Dillon Stakes in January.

Her most recent result was in the Group 1 The BMW in April, where she finished fifth.

Southern Speed has won five of her 19 race starts and has earned more than $2.4 million in prize money, and will be looking to make spring racing news with a win this weekend.

Alcopop is also included in the 2012 Spring Stakes nominations and will be having his first start ten months.

The Jeune gelding last competed in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes in October last year, where he finished last in the nine horse field.

Prior to that, Alcopop placed second behind Rekindled Interest in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Diplomatic Force, Happy Trials and The Eighth Maker are also included in the 2012 Spring Stakes nominations.

2012 Spring Stakes Nominations & Weights

No. Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 2 58.5kg 105
2 BALZEUS Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 15 58.5kg 78
3 BERTUCCI Lloyd Kennewell 10 58.5kg 87
4 CANDLE Tony McEvoy 7 58.5kg 94
5 DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols 3 58.5kg 98
6 DRIFTING SPIRIT Darren Egan 17 58.5kg 59
7 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 4 58.5kg 96
8 JUSTIFY THAT Peter Moody 6 58.5kg 95
9 MORANT Damien Williams 11 58.5kg 87
10 THE EIGHTH MAKER Lloyd Kennewell 5 58.5kg 96
11 AVOID LIGHTNING David Jolly 9 56.5kg 91
12 GOSSIP GIRL Jim Mason 8 56.5kg 92
13 LA PRALINE Phillip Stokes 16 56.5kg 78
14 LIGHT EXPRESS Michael Hibbs 13 56.5kg 85
15 SHABANGABANG (NZ) Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston 14 56.5kg 80
16 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 1 56.5kg 112
17 SPURCIFIC Robbie Griffiths 12 56.5kg 86