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Green Moon rises at Flemington

Sportal October 6, 2012, 5:38 pm
Craig Williams

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Imported galloper Green Moon showed he will be a big player in this year's spring classics with an impressive performance in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

The Robert Hickmott-trained and Lloyd Williams-owned six-year-old sat wide for the majority of the 2000m trip, but still proved too tough in the closing stages to hold off stablemate Seville in second and December Draw in third.

It has been a sad week for the Hickmott and Williams' camp with grand old galloper Efficient forced into retirement through injury, but the superb run of Green Moon - and to a lesser extent Seville - more than made up for the loss.

"You have got to pinch yourself as you don't have days like this at the races," Williams' son and part-owner Nick said after the race.

"Dad has been in the game for 50 years and I dare say it is one of his better days.

"The way those two horses ran today is a real credit to all our staff."

Green Moon is now likely to head to the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley later this month for a showdown with unbeaten three-year-old Pierro, before returning to Flemington on the first Tuesday in November for the Melbourne Cup.

Seville may head to the Melbourne Cup via the Caulfield Cup and he is likely to be joined in that race by Gai Waterhouse's up-and-coming stayer Glencadam Gold.

Glencadam Gold remained unbeaten since joining the Waterhouse stable with a dominant effort in the Group 1 Metropolitan at Randwick.

Young jockey Tommy Berry took the five-year-old straight to the lead and the gelding booted clear from his rivals for an easy victory.

It capped off a big day for Berry and Waterhouse, with the duo combining 40 minutes earlier to take out the $500,000 Epsom Handicap with underrated galloper Fat Al.

Fat Al also led all the way to take his Group 1 event, with the win giving Waterhouse her seventh Epsom Handicap.

The news wasn't all good for Waterhouse, however, with her star three-year-old Proisir going down narrowly in the Spring Champion Stakes earlier in the day in Sydney.

Senior jockey Nash Rawiller gave Proisir every chance, but the young colt was nabbed late by It's A Dundeel in a ding-dong two-horse battle down the Randwick straight.

Champion trainer Bart Cummings took out the other Group 1 race on the Randwick program, when Norzita claimed the Flight Stakes.

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