Imported stayers have been in hot form since the start of the year in Australia with the Team Williams owned Green Moon (5h Montjeu x Green Noon, by Green Tune) the latest to salute after capturing the Group II VRC Blamey Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Winner of the Group III Newcastle Gold Cup back in the spring, the Robert Hickmott trained Green Moon was first up from a spell in the 1600 metre feature and raced handy to the pace before pulling clear near the line to win by a length.
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 looks to have a very bright future ahead of him, his overall record now five wins from 15 starts.
Stable spokesman Nick Williams said the spring was the son of Montjeu’s priority instead of lucrative staying events in the autumn such as the Group I BMW (2400m) in Sydney.
“He is off to the paddock now. That will do him for the autumn and we will get him ready for the spring,” Williams said, indicating the Cox Plate may be on his agenda.
Green Moon is one of 100 stakes-winners for champion sire Montjeu and is the only foal to race from the Group III winning Green Tune mare Green Noon.