After defecting from the Turnbull Stakes field at Flemington on Saturday, the Lloyd Williams-owned Sea Moon will put their spring cups bid on the line running in one of the meeting’s other black types – The Bart Cummings 2013.
A $21 chance for this month’s Caulfield Cup and shorter at $17 in the futures Melbourne Cup odds for November 5, imported Beat Hollow stallion Sea Moon along with their stable mate, reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, were not accepted into the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) this weekend.
The decision by connections to bypass the Turnbull with that duo paved the way for a third Robert Hickmott-trained runner, Fawkner, to gain a run in the major cups lead-up.
That would suggest that Reset six-year-old Fawkner, runner-up in last year’s Emirates Stakes, was considered the team’s best cup hope for 2013.
Sea Moon however is still on the cups path and will look to keep that dream alive with a strong performance in Saturday’s $120,000 Listed The Bart Cummings (2520m).
They go into the race third-up after two disappointing runs this time in finishing 12th and 13th respectively in the Makybe Diva Stakes and Underwood.
But getting up in distance here is set to suit and so even with the hefty 60kg topweight Sea Moon is sure to be considered one of the top chances, at least in Williams’ eyes.
“If he’s on his game on Saturday he will merely say goodbye to those horses and he will beat them easily,” Williams told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“He’s in two and a half kilos light and will just beat them.”
As for their disappointing recent form, Williams said it was a lengthy and at times challenge process to get a European import settled and happy in Australia.
“Sea Moon is a very good horse but he’s going through this process in a new country,” he said.
“I just look sometimes at the amazing adjustment the first year to the second year brings with it.
“The classic example is Green Moon. He has a fair first year in Australia and in his second season runs away with the Melbourne Cup.
“So much was derived from a year of acclimatising, and that could be the case with Sea Moon. While all the data points to him winning on Saturday, I’m just that little bit concerned he really has not settled as well as I would have liked.”
Hickmott and Williams will also be represented in the race by the 59.5kg second heaviest weighted hope Tanby.
Drawn on the rails with Nicholas Hall to ride, the veteran Galileo seven-year-old won the Sandown Classic at the end of last spring and also placed a nice third to Super Cool in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) here in March.
This time in they have been well beaten in both their runs but is another that will improve getting up to a more suitable distance here.
Other notable 2013 Melbourne Cup-bound roughies looking to stake their claims in The Bart Cummings this Saturday include the Ciaron Maher-trained Makybe Diva Stakes third placegetter Moudre, highly-rated import Brigantin and stakes winner in Adelaide Motivado.
As for those in good form now that could be ready to strike evergreen Rubiton nine-year-old Gotta Take Care shoots for their third on the trot after back-to-back Moonee Valley wins, Crafty Cruiser comes off a win in the Listed Ansett Classic (2400m) at Mornington in the mud last Saturday and Araldo was far from disgraced when third in a Listed Morphettville race over 1800m last start.
See below for the full The Bart Cummings 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2013 The Bart Cummings Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 6 – 3:05pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2x115x8x00||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||14||60kg||113|
|2||1031x53x00||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||1||59.5kg||107|
|3||89x3008x36||MOUDRE||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||6||57.5kg||103|
|4||4x622x3x78||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||5||57kg||102|
|5||811211×000||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||11||55kg||98|
|6||x9890x6804||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||12||54kg||95|
|7||41529×2000||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||Dom Tourneur||13||54kg||95|
|8||1354122411||GOTTA TAKE CARE||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||3||54kg||94|
|9||11314×9230||KEEP COOL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||8||54kg||94|
|10||144x512x09||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||9||54kg||93|
|11||2×97804621||CRAFTY CRUISER||Bryce Stanaway||Michael Walker||10||54kg||92|
|12||2x11134x03||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||7||54kg||90|
|13||x7x059x846||WHY NOT (GER)||David Hayes||Daniel Moor||2||54kg||84|
|14||6x439x0710||SUPREMACY (NZ)||Russell Cameron||Chris Symons||4||54kg||81|