Co-owner Nick Williams is confident of a far-greater showing during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival for exciting stayer Sea Moon, revealing the rising seven-year-old was not at his best when tackling the 2013 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
A favourite amongst punters in the days leading up to the 2013 Race that Stops a Nation, Sea Moon was unable to work his way into contention, finishing well and truly off the pace of champion Fiorente in 13th position.
Pleased with his two performances prior to the Melbourne Cup, Williams said he believes the Beat Hollow entire had peaked by the first Tuesday of November and will approach the 2014 edition in a different way.
“I think we learnt a lot,” Williams told Racing Ahead.
“We fiddled around with him and he was over the top by the time that Melbourne Cup day came around obviously.
“He ran very well two weeks in a row in The Bart Cummings and at Caulfield a week later in the Herbert Power; he was first over the line in both races, one coming from last and one sitting outside the leader.
“We learnt that he was a pretty tough conveyance, but what you find with all these horses is that after they have been here for about 12 months they improve.
“What we saw with him is that he just didn’t have the constitution, being his first season in Australia to make it all the way to the Melbourne Cup.
“By the time Cup Day came around he had had enough.”
Claiming a total of six wins and four minor places from just 16 competitive race starts, Sea Moon began his racing career under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before being purchased by renowned owner Lloyd Williams during the autumn of 2013 and transferred to the care of his Macedon Lodge stables under trainer Robert Hickmott.
Returning for a single start over autumn; eighth in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on March 8th, Hickmott is yet to confirm a path for the stallion out of Eva Luna through spring, but is expected to peak once again with the Melbourne Cup on November 4th.
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