Green Moon won his first Group One in the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Wayne Ludbey/news.com.au
Prominent Australian owner Lloyd Williams strengthened his hand for the spring feature races with a day to remember in both Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday. Imported galloper Green Moon was one of four winners for the stable on the day, taking out the Group One Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. That win over 2000m was enough to convince connections to run in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before heading back to headquarters for the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. The stable’s last Melbourne Cup winner, the recently retired Efficient, ran in the Cox Plate before taking out the Cup.
Green Moon narrowly beat stablemate Seville (Caulfield Cup - $61 into $13, Melbourne Cup - $101 into $21) in the Turnbull, who ran home very strongly after being blocked for a run at the top of the straight. He will head to the Caulfield Cup on October 20 before contesting the Melbourne Cup . Mourayan and Tanby also strengthened their claims for that contest after winning their respective black type events on the weekend.
Glencadam Gold took his record to four wins from as many starts after leading from start to finish in the Group One Metropolitan Handicap and shot to the top of the markets (Caulfield Cup - $26 into $5.50, Melbourne Cup - $51 into $13) for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter gave the horse a 2kg penalty for that performance, ensuring that the gelding should get a run in both races.
In the Thousand Guineas market, Norzita was a big firmer ($8 into $4.60) after winning the Group One Flight Stakes at Randwick, while Maybe Discreet also emerged as a contender for the race ($31 into $8) following a strong win in the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes.
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