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Green Moon Sidesteps Caulfield Cup Challenge


Robert Hickmott’s Green Moon, winner of last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup, will not be using this weekend’s Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup as a warm-up for his repeat bid having been scratched from the contest at the latest declaration stage

Along with stable companion, Sea Moon, Green Moon looks set to wait until November 5 when he will attempt to win back-to-back renewals of ‘the race that stops a nation’.

The absence of the two Hickmott contenders from the Caulfield Cup line-up at least means that the weights will rise giving a number of the jockeys some respite from getting down to a low mark on some of the lower weighted runners.

Green Moon has failed to trouble the judge in four outings since his finest hour at Flemington last November when he stayed on bravely at the finish under Brett Prebble to deny Fiorente by a length at odds of 20.

Whilst, on the face of it, the fact that he hasn’t even made the first three in those four subsequent outings might look disappointing, it should be noted that those races were over distances of between 7 and 10 furlongs. A step back up in trip to the two miles of the Melbourne Cup will surely see him in a very different light.

Nevertheless, racing betting punters seem unafraid of the six-year-old, who can now be backed at 26 for the Melbourne Cup, while stable companion Sea Moon, who landed the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield recently, is generally on offer at 17.

The absence of the two Moons has seen a revised racing live betting market for the Caulfield Cup in which Hawkspur has now been cut to 4.5 market leader, Royal Descent to 7.0, and British raider Dandino now just 9.0 to follow up his win last time out at Arlington Park, Chicago in the American St Leger.