No 2012 Melbourne Cup for Midas Touch

Team Williams have pulled down the curtain on a 2012 Melbourne Cup start for import Midas Touch who was a disappointing eighth in Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).

Owner Lloyd Williams gave a big push for the five-year-old in the lead-up to Saturday’s race but after doing some work early he was never in the hunt, labouring to finish 14 lengths behind winner Vatuvei.

The Galileo entire will be spelled but his future is now unclear after a disappointing spring campaign where he was convincingly beaten in six starts.

Midas Touch showed potential during his first Australian campaign last spring when he placed in both the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes and the Group 1 Underwood Stakes but his best result this time in was a fourth-place finish in six-horse Caulfield Stakes field.

Williams could also lose star five-year-old Green Moon from the Melbourne Cup who he said is no certainty and is “a bit sick and sorry for himself” after his seventh-place effort in the Cox Plate on Saturday.

While it is disappointing for Williams, it comes as welcome news to those on the cusp of entry with Midas Touch 11th in the order of entry.

The latest round of Melbourne Cup acceptances will be announced today and one horse that could be among them is four-year-old Australian stayer Ethiopia who ran a bold fourth in the Cox Plate on Saturday.

“We’ll monitor the horse, I’ll have a chat to the owner and the owner will make the decision based a fair bit on what I tell him about how the horse is going,” trainer Pat Carey said.

“The question is whether we take them on this year or next year.”

If the Australian Derby winner does line up in the Melbourne Cup he represents one of the best local hopes in a field that is set to be dominated by international raiders and imports.

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