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Moraitis excited about Maluckyday future


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Nick Moraitis knows what it’s like to win a Melbourne Cup and came close on Tuesday to feeling the thrill again.

Might And Power claimed a famous victory when he led all the way in 1997 and emerging stayer Maluckyday almost pulled it off in 2010 when he ran second to Americain.

Maluckyday forced his way into the field with his win in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes at just his eighth start.

“I can’t complain, he’s unbelievable,” Moraitis said.

“For a horse who has had just nine starts in his life he’s done really well.

“The further he goes the better.

“He’ll be back next year, God willing, and it’s very exciting to think what he can do.”

Jim Cassidy, who rode Might And Power in 1997, was aboard Maluckyday in the Lexus but was committed to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Once Were Wild in the Cup.

Luke Nolen rode him at 51kg and Cassidy was quick to tell him the horse would be in a more comfortable range in 2011.

“He’ll get a penalty next year and I’ll be on,” Cassidy told Nolen.

“It’s not going to happen (for you).”

It seems it will never happen for Zipping either with the nine-year-old a gallant fourth in his fourth Cup start.

He also finished fourth in 2006 and 2007, ninth in 2008 and returned this year after missing the race in 2009.