Displaying a strong turn of foot to overcome poor running position and finish fifth in the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2520m) first-up on October 4th, connection Nick Williams is confident the allocation of the wide barrier 21 will play directly into the strengths of talented stallion Sea Moon in the 2014 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Claiming an impressive record of six wins and a further four minor places from his 17 career starts so far, Sea Moon began his racing career under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before transferring to Macedon Lodge and the care of Robert Hickmott at the beginning of 2013.
Rated a long-shot of winning the 2014 Caulfield Cup alongside talented stable mate and 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, Williams said he is confident both runners at far-better chances than how they are currently rated in betting markets.
“With what they’ve done before and what they’ve been showing us at home we thinking they’re better hopes than that,” Williams said following the barrier draw.
“Sea Moon has obviously got to get round the Caulfield track, I think you’ll probably see the best of him over two miles at Flemington but I think if he brings the form we know he’s got and the way he’s been working at home he’ll run well.”
Charged with carrying 57kgs in the 2014 Caulfield Cup, Williams said Sea Moon’s wide barrier draw offers a great chance for the six-year-old to settle in prime position off the fence.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to put anyone off with the barrier Sea Moon has drawn; I think it suits him perfectly,” Williams added.
“He’s a horse that doesn’t like to race inside horses and I think he’ll do well rolling around there and Steve Arnold (jockey) will do a great job getting him into rhythm.”
Securing several strong results over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival while unable to secure much of a consistent run of competitive form, Sea Moon finished off the pace in both the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) first-up, but quickly reversed his fortunes in finishing second in The Bart Cummings and winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) in the lead-up to a maiden Melbourne Cup tilt; albeit unsuccessful.
Drawn alongside the likes of Big Memory and 2013 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino, Sea Moon is currently given little hope of success in 2014 Caulfield Cup betting markets and can be taken at generous odds of $67 for success or $15 to run a place at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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