Lloyd Williams’ imported stayer Green Moon continues to top the Caulfield Cup 2012 odds at bookies around the country following the release of the weights for the mile-and-a-half feature on Wednesday.
Of the 222 nominees for this year’s edition of the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) it was the French-trained duo of Americain and Dunaden, 2010 and 2011 winners of the Melbourne Cup, topping the weights on 58kg.
Six-year-old Montjeu stallion Green Moon, prepared by Robert Hickmott at Williams’ esteemed Macedon Lodge, meanwhile is allocated a far more manageable 53.5kg, just half a kilo more than they carried to second place in the race last year.
During last year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, which was their maiden campaign down under having previously been prepared inBritain by Harry Dunlop, Green Moon enjoyed a preparation of mixed results.
After two distant finishes over 1200m and 1523m respectively in Melbourne Green Moon started to make a name for themselves when running second to then Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw in a 2000m handicap at Flemington in early September.
From their they went on to score a narrow victory in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) which saw them start as a $10 shot for their next start, the Caulfield Cup.
After settling wide midfield in the big Group 1 showdown, the Nicholas Hall-ridden galloper worked forward down the back and was in a beautiful position coming to the turn.
They hit the front briefly on the straight but were no match for the fast finishing Southern Speed who carried 52.5kg to victory after gunning down a gallant Green Moon.
From there Green Moon failed in their next start when 12th of 13 to Niwot, the best finishing of the Australian-bred horses in last year’s Melbourne Cup when eighth to Dunaden, in the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Victoria Derby Day, connections sending them out for a well-earned break.
Green Moon was given just one run during the autumn when Craig Williams, who went on to ride the 2011 Caulfield Cup winner, rode them to a smart one length victory over Pied A Terre in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 10, the horse sent back to the paddock after that to be saved for their big spring cups’ assault later in the year.
They resumed last Saturday at Caulfield when running a credible fifth to Sincero in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes over the 1400m with 59kg on their back, improvement to come as they go up in distance and down in weight.
Following the release of the Caulfield Cup weights for 2012 bookmaker.com.au updated their Caulfield Cup betting markets and Green Moon in from $15 to $12.
Following Green Moon in the 2012 Caulfield Cup weights are then Group 1 winning Kiwi galloper Ocean Park ($18) and the Anthony Freedman-trained Doomben Cup champ Mawingo ($19) who have been allocated 52kg and 54.5kg respectively.
The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden and defending Caulfield Cup champ Southern Speed, winner of the Penny Edition Stakes in Adelaide last start, then follow on $21 before the market blows wide open with eight $26 chances including last year’s beaten favourite December Draw, autumn star Manighar, last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux and Peter Moody’s Eagle Farm – Brisbane Cup winning mare Lights Of Heaven.
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