The Lloyd Williams team are always to be respected in staying features with Irish bred Montjeu entire Green Moon (5h Montjeu x Green Noon, by Green Tune) launching a successful hit and run raid on the Group III Newcastle Gold Cup on Thursday.
The Robert Hickmott trained Green Moon showed a rare brand of courage when pushing on to lead from an outside barrier and then defying all challengers in the straight to win the 2300 metre staying test by a head for replacement rider Brenton Avdulla.
His win confirmed the form of another promising import in the Mark Kavanagh trained December Draw (GB), who beat Green Moon at his previous start at Flemington
Green Moon came to Australia as a tried horse, having won three races in the UK including the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket for his previous trainer Harry Dunlop and is entered for the Cups, Cox Plate and Metropolitan so has it all before him if he continues to improve.
Green Moon is one of 96 stakes-winners for champion sire Montjeu and is the only foal to race from the Group III winning Green Tune mare Green Noon, who traces back to the family of champion mare Goldikova.