When six-year-old horse Green Moon crossed the finish line of the 2012 Melbourne Cup and captured the $6.2 million race (h/t Brisbane Times), the interest in the prize stallion went through the roof.
Everyone wants to know more about the 22-1 longshot, Green Moon.
In Australia’s biggest horse race, the field was stacked with international horses all vying for one of the biggest prizes in all of racing. With one stunning victory, Green Moon will always be remembered for his performance at the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
For those horse racing fans that want to know more about the horse’s previous experience and about his owners, trainers and winning jockey, we have you covered.
According to Horse Racing Nation, Green Moon had five career victories before his outstanding run at the Melbourne Cup, but it was his two wins in the last three G1 races that proved the six-year-old horse was a bona fide star in the sport.
The two-mile distance of the Melbourne Cup was by far the longest race of the horse’s racing career—with Green Moon racing on a one-and-nine-sixteenth meter track only once before—but the questions about stamina were answered emphatically.
With a win at the 2012 Turnbull Stakes as well, Green Moon is having the late-season surge that could have him considered the best horse in Australia for this year. While there are other legitimate contenders, a huge win at the Melbourne Cup is a great addition to the horse’s resume.
Owners, Trainer, Jockey and More
The Irish-bred horse has raced since 2010 but didn’t make an impact on the racing world until he jumped to the G1 class and finished second in the 2011 Caulfield Cup.
After continuing to sharpen his teeth in the G3 class, the Green Moon team used 2012 as the horse’s platform to take a step up to the next level.
Owner Lloyd J. Williams is an Australian horse-racing staple and one of the most well-known faces in the sport. With over 100 races under his belt (h/t Horse Racing Nation), Williams knows how to find the right horses and put them in a position to win.
Part of that success also comes from his trusted trainer and former Australian League Football star Robert Hickmott (h/t Herald Sun). The owner and trainer combination made the executive call for the Melbourne Cup to change the jockey and go with veteran Brett Prebble; it was a call that obviously paid major dividends.
With so much working behind the scenes in Green Moon’s favor, there is little doubt why the veteran-laden team helped push the horse to a monumental victory.
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