Nominations have been released for the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) which will take place at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday September 22.
Twenty-three horses have been nominated for the race with the field limited to sixteen runners and four emergencies.
Included in the Underwood Stakes nominations is Kiwi galloper Ocean Park who will run in Australia for the first time since finishing second in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in March.
The four-year-old won the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings earlier this month and is being set for the 2012 Cox Plate.
Southern Speed and Manighar are set to renew their rivalry with both being nominated for the 2012 Underwood Stakes.
Southern Speed beat Manighar by a nose in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) to avenge her loss by the same margin to the Peter Moody-trained gelding in the 2012 Australian Cup (2000m).
Memsie Stakes (1600m) winner Sincero has also been nominated for the 2012 Underwood Stakes.
He will be ridden by Michael Walker as regular jockey Michael Rodd is committed to riding Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw.
International galloper Sanagas will make his debut for Cups King Bart Cummings.
The Australian-owned stayer won the Group 1 Hollywood Turf Cup in the United States at his last start and has been brought to Australia for a crack at the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Also included in the 2012 Underwood Stakes nominations are Illo, Maluckyday, Mawingo, Moudre, Niwot and Voila Ici.
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Underwood Stakes 2012 Nominations
|2||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||112|
|3||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||108|
|4||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||100|
|5||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||103|
|6||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|7||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||116|
|8||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||109|
|9||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||109|
|11||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|12||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|13||OCEAN PARK (NZ)||Gary Hennessy||106|
|14||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||108|
|15||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||93|
|16||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||106|
|17||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||102|
|18||SILENT SURROUND||William Smart||93|
|20||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||115|
|21||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||110|
|22||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||111|
|23||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||101|