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Green Moon rising for shot at Hollindale Stakes

Green Moon hasn’t won since charging to victory in the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

Green Moon hasn’t won since charging to victory in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Source: AP

GREEN Moon will be the first Melbourne Cup winner in 17 years to race in Queensland when he heads north this month as part of his “farewell tour’’.

Green Moon became the fourth Melbourne Cup winner for Lloyd Williams when he gunned down Fiorente in 2012. He has not won in 14 subsequent starts, but ran a close second in Fiorente’s Australian Cup and was beaten only three lengths in last year’s Caulfield Cup.

Stable representative Nick Williams said this was likely to be a farewell tour for the stallion and Queensland looked a nice target for the eight-year-old.

Chad Schofield had been booked for the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes on Saturday week and if he ran well there, Williams said the Doomben Cup was a naturalprogression.

“We’re excited to come up there again,” he said. “It’s been a while, but you need the right horse. Queensland has always been kind to us and it’s good to be able to support the carnival.

Nick Williams, right, and his father Lloyd celebrate Green Moon’s Cup win. Photo: Dave Go

Nick Williams, right, and his father Lloyd celebrate Green Moon’s Cup win. Photo: Dave Goudie Source: Supplied

“I think the last time we sent horses up there (in 2005), we won the Doomben Cup with Perlin and on the same day Activation won the Rough Habit Plate.’’

Williams used to send many horses to Queensland, with the most notable being the champion Mahogany, who started his career by taking the Queensland Sires-J.J. Atkins double in 1993.

Green Moon will be the first Melbourne Cup winner to race in Queensland since Might And Power, who won the Hollindale-Doomben Cup double in 1998.

Brew, Ethereal, Viewed and Shocking all raced in Queensland before their Flemington successes, but none raced here after winning the Cup.

It had been hoped last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist would make a carnival cameo, but on Wednesday part-owner Jamie Lovett suggested the Germanstayer’s career was in the balance after he was injured in Saturday’s Sydney Cup.

Might And Power was the last Melbourne Cup winner to race in Queensland. In 1998, the mig

Might And Power was the last Melbourne Cup winner to race in Queensland. In 1998, the mighty stayer won the Hollindale Stakes-Doomben Cup double. Source: News Limited

Protectionist was undergoing tests at the Randwick Equine Centre and Lovett told Melbourne’s RSN the import was “in a bad way’’ and “in a fair bit of pain’’.

“He’s not lame, but he’s not a happy horse,’’ Lovett said. “We’re a little bit concerned at the moment with what we’re dealing with. We’re just hopeful.’’

Schofield will ride at the Gold Coast before starting a three-month stint in Britain.

Leading jockey Damien Oliver is already booked for Arabian Gold (Hollindale), River Lad (Victory) and Beau Jet (Guineas) at the Gold Coast.

Other potential Hollindale runners include Silent Achiever, Pornichet, Hooked, Precedence, Rudy and Sir Moments.

Roger James will decide after a gallop this weekend whether Silent Achiever makes the trip.

Originally published as Green Moon rising for winter raid

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Posted April 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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