Lloyd Williams import who was a beaten favourite in the Cox Plate last week. Prior to that, he’d finished fifth in the Memsie Stakes and second in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes before winning the Turnbull Stakes. He was especially impressive in the Turnbull Stakes, hence why he started favourite in the Cox Plate. I took a set against him, because I believed he was looking for 2400m, and it certainly appeared that way. I think he’ll appreciate getting to a distance now, although I’m not sure how he’ll go at the trip.
He proved a tough stayer of note last year, when he won the Newcastle Cup after a tough run before running second in the Caulfield Cup after being wide all the way. He also showed he had a turn of foot in shorter events earlier this year, including a win in the Blamey Stakes during the autumn. His run in the Cox Plate reminded me of the run of Efficient in 2007, who then came out and won the Melbourne Cup. He certainly can’t be discounted merely on that one run. I think the bigger query is how he’ll go at the trip. Even despite that one little query, you’d have to say he’s some sort of a chance. Can’t be ruled out.
$1400 IN FREE BETS on GREEN MOON
Breeding: Montjeu x Green Noon
Bred in: Ireland
Trainer: Robert Hickmott
Jockey: Brett Prebble
Career Stats: 19:6-3-0
Last 5 Starts: 1×5217
Biggest Win: Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Flemington, 6/10/2012
Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $17