Australian Cup 2012 Hopes Race in Carlyon Cup Field

The 2012 Australian Cup campaigns of a number of exciting gallopers are due to kick off at Caulfield this Saturday when the likes of Green Moon, Ranger and Manighar face off in the $125,000 Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m).

Set to run as Caulfield Race 4 on the CF Orr Stakes Day program, the 2012 Carlyon Cup has drawn a bumper field of 15 acceptors led by the Robert Hickmott-trained Green Moon.

Drawn ideally in gate two with Steven King engaged for the ride, the imported Montjeu stallion enjoyed a brilliant spring campaign late last year winning the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) in September before their eye-catching second to Southern Speed in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed also races on Saturday when she faces superstar mare Black Caviar in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

Green Moon was last seen finishing a disappointing 12th when they beat home just one other runner in the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day.

They resume on Saturday in the Carlyon Cup heading towards a start in the $1 million Group 1 Dubai Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.

Australian Cup 2012 odds at Luxbet are currently led by 2010 Melbourne Cup champ Americain ($4.20), Green Moon one of the other early fancies paying $13.

Another Australian Cup-bound horse racing first-up in the Carlyon Cup this Saturday is Perth raider Ranger.

They have work to do having come up with the ‘visitor’s draw’ out wide in barrier 15, Craig Williams to ride the Grant Williams-trained five-year-old.

Last season at home Ranger enjoyed plenty of success including their second to Playing God, another CF Orr Stakes runner on Saturday, in the Kingston Town Classic before their last-start third in the CB Cox Stakes on December 17.

Saturday is Ranger’s first interstate assignment, but already they are well-liked for the Australian Cup in March paying $26 in the early Luxbet markets.

Another $26 Australian Cup chance racing in the Carlyon is the now Peter Moody-trained Manighar.

The former European was a strong force last season in Australia finishing fourth in the Caulfield Cup, fifth in the Melbourne Cup and then second to Americain last-start in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown on November 12.

Manighar is one of four Carlyon Cup hopes for Moody, trainer of the undefeated Black Caviar horse, along with recent John Dillon Stakes runner-up Shout Out Loud, Danewin gelding King Diamond and Zabeel six-year-old Macedonian.

Macedonian and King Diamond are currently $101 roughies in the Australian Cup markets and could come in considerably if they race well on Saturday.

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2012 Carlyon Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 4 – 2:35pm (VIC time) – 11/02/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 85X892120X GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 2 57.5kg 103
2 130X111623 RANGER Grant Williams Craig Williams 15 57.5kg 103
3 34112115X8 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody Danny Nikolic 3 57kg 99
4 4110X42094 SHADOWFAX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 14 57kg 96
5 23X19X609X LARGO LAD David Hayes Steven Arnold 12 56.5kg 101
6 5X0067829X MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody Jason Benbow 7 56.5kg 97
7 26X79X2515 AT THE HEADS (NZ) Danny O’Brien James Winks 6 56.5kg 93
8 1X2081XP52 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 1 56.5kg 96
9 6376851246 VEEWAP Tony Vasil Mark Zahra 4 56.5kg 93
10 3X3484452X MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 10 56kg 110
11 0X5770X97X BUCCELLATI (GB) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 11 56kg 95
12 X00X0800PX REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 8 56kg 90
13 X4312121X0 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 9 55kg 99
14 35X40024X8 STOLE (NZ) Brian Jenkins 13 54kg 89
15 3442230X57 SEDUCED Michael Kent 5 54kg 77