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In a blow-out 2012 Melbourne Cup result at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon the Lloyd Williams-owned, Robert Hickmott-trained Green Moon scored an authoritative victory in the ‘race that stops a nation’ running an Australian-trained quinella with Gai Waterhouse’s import Fiorente in second.
All the pre-race talk on the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) was on the internationally-trained raiders who dominated the betting markets.
Montjeu five-year-old Green Moon, who has been in the country now for 12 months, meanwhile went under the radar jumping as a $20 outsider in the Flemington Race 7 markets after their disappointing seventh as the beaten favourite in the Cox Plate last time out, before which they won the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.
While their lead-up form was hit-and-miss and the distance a query Green Moon silenced their critics today with Hong Kong-based hoop Brett Prebble, who completed his riding apprenticeship many years ago at Flemington, continuing his phenomenal record during the Melbourne Cup Carnival guiding them to a commanding Melbourne Cup victory.
Rival jockey Craig Williams jumped off Green Moon after their Cox Plate failure in favour of a ride on the defending Melbourne Cup winner Duanden, who finished well back today in 14th today beaten nearly 10 lengths, opening up for the booking of Prebble who made the special return trip to Oz for what turned out to be the winning Melbourne Cup ride.
“It’s the pinnacle of racing in Australia,” an emotional Prebble said after riding his 10th Melbourne Cup starter.
“I’ve had some great highs here and you don’t think you can get any higher until you reach the pinnacle.
“It’s probably very emotional it’s going to last for a long time, it’ll last for 12 months until the next winner comes.”
Owner Lloyd Williams may not have been trackside but would have been cheering from home having now secured four Melbourne Cup trophies – Green Moon’s success adding to those of Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985) and Efficient (2007).
“Thank you for your support, that’s for you boss,” Prebble said to the cameras speaking to Williams.
“It’s my life dream to do it.
“I’m very proud.”
Surprisingly all four of Williams’ Melbourne Cup winners have been prepared by different trainers, Green Moon the first Melbourne Cup success for Hickmott.
Green Moon got away well from the gates today and was up early on the speed set by Waterhouse’s The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold.
Also up with the frontrunners were the Peter Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven and the young Ethiopia who dropped right out to finish a very, very distant last in the Melbourne Cup finishing order.
Prebble and Green Moon meanwhile received a nasty check about 250m after the jump but recovered quickly, the horse settling well in about seventh or eighth.
“I got a severe check 250m after the start which put me back on the fence,” Prebble said.
“All I wanted to do was to get him to rest and sleep.”
On the home straight the challengers came including Kelinni up in the middle and Americain up on the outside.
Green Moon however had plenty left in the tank and dashed to the lead, Prebble producing him and letting them go so the horse could run away to score an incredible one and a half length victory over Fiorente ($31) who has having their maiden run down under, the Monsun four-year-old previously prepared in England by Sir Michael Stoute.
Finishing off the boilover Melbourne Cup Trifecta for 2012 a further one and a quarter lengths away third was then the Australian-owned Jakkalberry, Mark Botti’s $81 roughie improving leaps and bounds on their Caulfield Cup 13th.
Chris Waller’s Lexus Stakes winner Kelinni ($19) then rounded out the top four crossing three lengths away from the winner just a long neck ahead of the Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos ($7.50) who was the best finishing of the single-figure chances.
Green Moon has now won seven of their 20 career starts, four of which have been achieved down under.
“He’s a quality weight-for-age horse…nowadays you need those quality weight-for-age horses (to win the Melbourne Cup),” Prebble said.
“He showed his turn of foot and I put it to them on straightening.
“1200m I knew nothing would go with him if he sustained the journey.
“I pressed him a bit soon…but it’s hard when you have so much power underneath.
“I was very confident they weren’t going to pick him up.
“He ran all the way through the wire.
“It’s a great feeling.”
Representing connections trackside was Williams son and fellow part-owner Nick Williams who was thrilled with the result.
“To be honest with you I need to see the race again,” he said.
“I’m just so proud of all our team…of course led by dad.
“It’s another Melbourne Cup triumph for team Williams and I’m just ecstatic.
“We’ve put a lot of money in and a heck of a lot of effort so to get this result today is just terrific.
“We knew he was okay (after the Cox Plate).
“God bless everyone that wrote him off.”
See below for the full 2012 Melbourne Cup results and finishing order.
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2012 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 7 – 06/11/2012
|1||14||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||–||5||53.5kg||$20|
|2||11||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||James McDonald||1L||2||53.5kg||$31|
|3||3||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||Colm O’Donoghue||2.25L||19||55.5kg||$81|
|4||24||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||3L||10||51kg||$19|
|5||8||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Ryan Moore||3.2L||8||54kg||$7.50|
|6||13||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||3.95L||7||53.5kg||$41|
|7||16||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||4.7L||3||53.5kg||$26|
|8||4||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Michael Rodd||5.7L||18||55.5kg||$9.50|
|9||21||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Blake Shinn||5.9L||20||53kg||$101|
|10||17||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Corey Brown||6.1L||1||53.5kg||$18|
|11||2||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Damien Oliver||6.5L||12||58kg||$7.50|
|12||7||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Frankie Dettori||7.5L||6||54kg||$31|
|13||6||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||7.8L||13||55kg||$101|
|14||1||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||Craig Williams||9.8L||16||59kg||$7F|
|15||18||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||9.9L||15||53.5kg||$71|
|16||20||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10.65L||17||53kg||$20|
|17||5||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||Jamie Mott||10.85L||22||55.5kg||$61|
|18||9||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||Nicholas Hall||11.25L||4||54kg||$51|
|19||15||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jim Cassidy||11.65L||9||53.5kg||$17|
|20||12||GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||Patrick Smullen||11.75L||11||53.5kg||$16|
|21||22||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Glyn Schofield||11.85L||23||53kg||$151|
|22||23||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Craig Newitt||12.05L||24||52kg||$51|
|23||19||TAC DE BOISTRON (FR)||Michael Kent||Olivier Doleuze||13.3L||21||53.5kg||$101|
|24||10||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||63.3L||14||53.5kg||$21|
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