Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams is weighing up his options with Turnbull Stakes winner Green Moon who is in doubt for the 2012 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday week after their luckless seventh in the Cox Plate over the weekend.
The five-year-old Montjeu stallion went into the $3 million showdown as the $4 favourite but after a few early knocks could only manage to finish six and a half lengths away seventh to the gallant winner Ocean Park.
While jockey Craig Williams admitted post-race that his wide racing tactics early were not the best move, connections were still worried about the way the horse finished off the race.
Williams, who will be out this year to score his fourth Melbourne Cup victory, still opted to pay the second declaration fee for Green Moon on Monday morning, the horse one of 47 second acceptors for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
They are in no way 100 percent confirmed for a Melbourne Cup start however with Williams delaying a final decision after the horse pulled up “a little bruised and battered” after the Cox Plate.
Along with Green Moon Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott are also represented in the Melbourne Cup 2012 second declarations by Herbert Power Stakes runner-up Excluded, Craven Plate champ Mourayan and The Bart Cummings victor Tanby.
Williams has however lost one of his top Melbourne Cup fancies Midas Touch to injury, the Galileo five-year-old sent to the paddock immediately after their horror eighth as the beaten favourite in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day.
While Mourayan (16th) and Green Moon (17th) are both inside the top 24 in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, Tanby (31st) and Excluded (42nd) still have work to do to make the cut before Melbourne Cup Day.
Both are expected to run in the $200,000 Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday for Victoria Derby Day, the winner of which will be exempt from Melbourne Cup ballot.
Mourayan meanwhile will also use a Derby Day race as a stepping stone for the Cup, despite being assured of a run, when they race in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
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