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Green Moon wins Melbourne Cup

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Green Moon wins the Melbourne Cup

Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon, ridden by Brett Prebble, wins the Melbourne Cup by a length and a half.

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Green Moon Rising .... the winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

Green Moon Rising .... the winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Jason South

Owner Lloyd Williams has won his fourth Melbourne Cup and jet-setting jockey Brett Prebble his first after the Hong Kong-based rider gave Green Moon "the ride of my life" to score in the $6.2 million race.

Green Moon, who started at $20, had a clear margin on the line over Gai Waterhouse's import Fiorente ($31) with third place being filly by another imported horse Jakkalberry ($81), who is trained by the Italian Marco Botti.

Prebble said moments after pulling up on the import that Williams bought from England specifically for the Melbourne Cup, that it had been "my life dream to do it" and paid tribute to Williams for engaging him for the mount after Green Moon had run so poorly just 10 days ago in the Cox Plate.

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Green Moon races to victory in Melbourne Cup

Australian-trained Green Moon defeats a crack field of international horses to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Eddie Jim

"He was never going to get beat," Prebble said.

"He got a severe check about 250 metres after the start but eventually got into a rhythm and then I put it to him on straightening."

The winner was trained by former AFL footballer Robert Hickmott, who played a number of games for Melbourne and has been the head trainer at Williams' Mt Macedon training property for the past four years.

First past the post ... Brett Prebble riding Green Moon celebrates winning the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

First past the post ... Brett Prebble riding Green Moon celebrates winning the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Quinn Rooney

Williams has won previously with Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985) and in 2007 with Efficient.

The topweight and heavily-backed favourite Dunaden found early trouble in the race and never looked likely to go close.

His jockey Craig Williams said Dunaden "nearly fell at the start" and added "he had too much weight and he’s now a weight-for-age horse that is better left at 2400 metres."

The horse to finish last was one of the only two Australian-breds in the race Ethiopia, who walked over the line hundreds of metres behind the second last horse.

His trainer Pat Carey had been wary about running the young horse in such a tough race and his rider Rhys McLeod said the horse pulled up sore with an abrasion to the near-side hip.

"I hope he's OK," he said.

Ethiopia's official finishing distance was more than 63 lengths behind Green Moon.

Under-fire jockey Damien Oliver, who got the ride on Americain for Tuesday's race after being dumped as the jockey for My Quest For Peace following allegations he bet on another runner in a race he was riding in at Moonee Valley two years ago, had also been booked to ride Green Moon in the Cox Plate this year.

Damien also lost his ride on Green Moon and the six-year-old finished seventh in the weight-for-age race at Moonee Valley last month with Craig Williams aboard.

With Scott Spits

18 comments so far

  • Another win for the little Aussie battler Lloyd Williams.

    Commenter
    Cathy Little
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    November 06, 2012, 4:32PM
    • Gee don't all reply at once...

      Commenter
      Cathy Little
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 5:15PM
    • Its outrageous isn't it Cathy.
      Why does Lloyd Williams get to own whole stables full of racehorses when people like you and me dont own a single racehorse.
      They should have a system which makes racehorse ownership achievable for the average Australian. Better still they should make a law to stop people like Lloyd winning the cup more than once.
      Oh, the inequities in our society.

      Commenter
      whatever
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 5:15PM
    • Yep, its a real struggle for the typical Little Aussie Battlers to own a race horse capable of winning a million dollar prize these days. Just ask Nathan Tinkler (the up-sized Little Aussie Battler). I blame the government, of course.

      Commenter
      Ringer
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 5:33PM
    • All at the Pub!

      Commenter
      Aussiejoe_1
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 5:49PM
    • Ah 'whatever', very droll, you obviously weren't around when Jeff Kennett let Lloyd Williams' Hudson Conway change its casino bid at the last minute, making the very rich little Lloyd all of a sudden EXTREMELY rich. That Kennett decision is why he still owns all these horses that can win Melbourne Cups. And how many people have lost all their wealth to that horrible casino that little Lloyd profited from so greatly? So think about that while you're nursing your Melbourne Cup hangover at work tomorrow.

      Commenter
      Cathy Little
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 6:24PM
    • Let the ex casino boss have his fun at the races. Doesn't worry me in the slightest that he can afford such indulgences.
      But keep out of Willy, Lloyd and all your rich mates - we don't need your money to stuff up Pt Gellibrand with your grotesque planned development of the Port Philip Woollen Mills site.
      Either stay on the other side of the city or confine yourself to the racetracks.

      Commenter
      Pablo
      Location
      Willy
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 10:10PM
  • I just got home from the Melbourne Cup. Amazing! This horse is fantastic. I don't gamble, but through work we each got allocated a horse and I got Green Moon. Great win considering the field and the pre race odds. Thank you Green Moon and the training team, courtesy of your win a $20 Coles Myer voucher is waiting for me. 8) lol

    Commenter
    Tom
    Location
    Altona North
    Date and time
    November 06, 2012, 5:44PM
    • wow $20. you have a generous workplace Tom. Don't work for that little aussie battler do you?

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Just sayin...
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 6:27PM
    • Thanks Mike. No, my workplace is not that generous, it was a client of ours that ran the sweepstakes. And yes, they are know for their generosity, I won a $5 fuel voucher this week from their generous prize pool. Maybe I should buy a ticket for the $100m lottery tonight and capitalise on my $25 winning streak? I'd post what I acutely won at the Melbourne Cup but I'm afraid that it may not be suitable for minors. 8)

      Commenter
      Tom
      Location
      Altona North
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 8:10PM

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