Green Moon Heads 2013 Australian Cup Field

Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon heads a 13-horse field for Saturday’s Group 1 2013 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

Green Moon heads the Australian Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Lloyd Williams-owned star has drawn barrier nine for the prestigious $1 million weight-for-age test.

The six-year-old son of Montjeu will be running second-up after a solid fourth to All Too Hard in the Futurity Stakes last month.

Perth stayer Mr Moet is considered one of the strongest Australian Cup chances but faces a tough ask after drawing the widest barrier in the field.

The five-year-old, who starred at Perth’s Summer Carnival, has kicked off his east-coast autumn campaign with minor placings in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes and the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes.

There is no shortage of Group 1 winners in the field and other top chances include 2011 Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium and German import Mawingo.

Glass Harmonium was a bold second when running first-up in the Futurity Stakes while Mawingo was second in the CF Orr Stakes and fourth in Peter Young Stakes.

Three-year-olds Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool have a weight advantage over the rest of the field, carrying just 54.5kg.

The other males in the field will carry 59kg while Invest carries 57kg as the race’s only mare.

Super Cool and Fiveandahalfstar are developing a strong rivalry and will get an early look at each other when they run from barrier three and four respectively.

Fiveandahalfstar defeated Super Cool in the Victoria Derby in the spring but Super Cool exacted revenge in the Autumn Classic last month when storming past the Anthony Cummings-trained gelding to take top honours.

Super Cool is joined by Peter Young Stakes winner Foreteller and David Hayes-trained entire Niconoise as one of three last-start winners in the field.

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Australian Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1x52171x4 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 9 59kg 116
2 x9x42174x8 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Luke Currie 8 59kg 108
3 x47x4902x2 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 7 59kg 110
4 111×121232 MR MOET Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 13 59kg 108
5 04841031×5 TANBY Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 12 59kg 106
6 1313x08x24 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 5 59kg 108
7 5x0649x251 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 2 59kg 108
8 74x2111x17 ECLAIR SURPRISE Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 1 59kg 101
9 2026×01212 DURNFORD Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 6 59kg 92
10 0x55716x01 NICONOISE David Hayes Jake Noonan 10 59kg 84
11 0x0777x828 INVEST Heath Conners Peter Mertens 11 57kg 100
12 4655111×22 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 4 54.5kg 108
13 6x14212x31 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 3 54.5kg 103