Cup Hope Sea Moon Heads 2013 The Bart Cummings Field

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.

Sea Moon

Top import Sea Moon's Melbourne Cup dream is on the line at Flemington this Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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