Southern Speed's success crowns Morphettville Parks treble

Aug 25, 2012

Star mare Southern Speed showed her class in two ways on Saturday with her impressive victory in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes before being crowned South Australian Horse of the Year in a ceremony in Adelaide.

Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner showed she will be a force to reckon with by disposing of a smart field in the Penny Edition Stakes on the Morphettville Parks circuit.

Stable jockey Clare Lindop gave Southern Speed plenty of time to find her feet in the early and middle stages of the $80,000 event before the five-year-old improved steadily on the outside of the field rounding the home turn.

Southern Speed hit top gear once balanced to blitz her opposition at weight-for-age to score by a widening 2-3/4 lengths.
Hours later, Southern Speed’s deeds earned her the unanimous vote as the South Australian Horse of the Year.

Southern Speed’s victory in the Penny Edition Stakes completed a winning treble for the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas stable, which began when Dinkum Diamond claimed the Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1000m).

Like Southern Speed, Dinkum Diamond carried the Australian flag colours of well known owner and breeder Harry Perks to victory in her assignment.

Dinkum Diamond went into the $40,000 race first-up after her win at Group 3 level in The Jansz (1200M) in May but proved far too good under the riding of talented apprentice Jamie Kah.

Lindop was in the saddle for Comic Composer’s gritty victory in the Adelaide Image Printing Handicap (1550m), which continued a partnership that also produced a win at the gelding’s previous win on the Morphettville Parks track.

Lindop produced a textbook ride to capitalise on an inside gate to have Comic Composer in the box seat soon after the start. The Stravinsky gelding sprinted well once balanced in the straight to score a strong 1-3/4 length win.

The Macdonald / Gluyas partnership marched to the top of the Adelaide trainers’ premiership after its triple success.

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