Moroney puts a Cup shine on Glistening

Trainer Mike Moroney is hoping former English stayer Glistening can emulate his 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew and force his way into this year’s field with a win in Saturday’s Group Three Saab Quality (2500m) at Flemington.

Melbourne Cup Glistening is 31st in order of entry and the only way he can get in the Melbourne Cup is to win the Saab which exempts the winner from a ballot.

Moroney has made three successful 11th hour Melbourne Cup bids using the Saab as a qualifying race but Brew was the last of eight horses to win the Saab-Melbourne Cup double .

In 2001 Moroney trained Maythehorsebewithu to win the Saab and he finished fifth to Ethereal in the Melbourne Cup.

Then in 2004 Catchmeifyoucan also qualified for a Cup start when he finished second in the Saab when the first two horses were exempt from the ballot.

"We have got horses into the Melbourne Cup through the Saab three times now so hopefully this year we will make it four," Moroney said.

Glistening will be having his 13th run this campaign, which started back in March.

Moroney said the seven-year-old had 10 days off after winning over 2520 metres at Flemington on August 9 and he has since raced twice for a 10th in The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington and 12th in the Geelong Cup (2400m).

Moroney will make a gear change on Glistening on Saturday and put blinkers on him for the first time since he transferred from Lee Freedman’s stable at the start of the year.

"I was a little disappointed with his run in the Geelong Cup as he couldn’t muster pace and put himself in the race so we will put the blinkers on and see if they can spark him up a bit," Moroney said.

Glistening is among 13 horses nominated for the Saab needing to win to run in the Melbourne Cup.

After third declarations today there were still 39 horses left in the Cup which has a field limit of 24.

The Saab is the last chance for Zagreb, 26th in order of entry, Newport (27), Baughurst (29), Bart Cummings-trained trio Moatize (30), Book Of Kells (36), and Dandaad (39), Get Up Jude (32), Capecover (33), Saddler’s Story (34), Magic Instinct (35), Largo lad (37) and Chiefcomingfirst (38).

Other Saab nominations are Ice Chariot (17) and Guyno (22) who are already safely in the Melbourne Cup.

Zagreb and Moatize are also entered for the Group One weight-for-age Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) which, like the Saab, guarantees the winner a start in Melbourne Cup.

Caulfield Cup third placegetter Barbaricus, 24th in order of entry, is also nominated for the Mackinnon along with other certain Melbourne Cup runners Efficient(4), C’est La Guerre (6), Guyno (11), Zipping (12), Littorio (13), Red Ruler (14), Ice Chariot (17) and Viewed (18).
By Robert Windmill