Lloyd Williams’ star galloper Green Moon appears set to take his place in Tuesday’s 2012 Melbourne Cup after successfully getting through a gallop at Moonee Valley this morning.
Doubts surrounded his place in Australia’s biggest race after he pulled up battered and bruised following a tough run in the Cox Plate.
The five-year-old went into the Cox Plate as one of the main chances but was never in the race, finishing 6 1/2 lengths behind winner Ocean Park in seventh position.
A son of Montjeu, Green Moon is heading to his first Melbourne Cup and prior to the Cox Plate was in tremendous form.
He was narrowly beaten in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes before producing a tough win from a wide position in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.
Williams has booked Hong Kong-based jockey Brett Prebble for the ride aboard Green Moon as he strives to achieve his fourth Melbourne Cup win.
Green Moon is one of two Williams-owned gallopers already guaranteed a start in the $6 million staying test, with Mourayan also assured of a spot.
The seven-year-old Mourayan has shown impressive lead-up form, finishing second in the Hill Stakes at Randwick before winning the Craven Plate.
Williams is also trying to get one more runner in the field, with both Tanby and Excluded lining up in the Lexus Stakes on Saturday.
The winner of the Lexus Stakes receives ballot exemption into the Melbourne Cup, with Tanby looking the most likely of the pair to break into the field.
THe Galileo gelding was fourth in the JRA Stakes at Moonee Valley in September and announced himself as a possible Cup contender when winning the Listed Bart Cummings (2520m) ahead of Maluckyday at Flemington last month.
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