Horse Racing

Green Moon Melbourne Cup 2012: Underdog Victor Will Enjoy Continued Success

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06: Green Moon is presented after winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup  during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
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Steven CookContributor IIINovember 7, 2012

Underdog racing horse Green Moon galloped to an unlikely victory at the 2012 Melbourne Cup, and his team will use the momentum to enjoy future success in the ever-changing sport.

In one of the most exciting finishes you'll ever see, Green Moon took the lead with a little less than 300 meters left and was the obvious winner down the ending stretch, so much so that he could coast through the final 100 meters. 

Jockey Brett Prebble has certainly taken his share of criticism, but he showed his worth through a scintillating home stretch Tuesday. His first Melbourne Cup victory will be a memorable one. 

The 5-year-old colt was far from a favorite heading into the race. In fact, he was a 19-1 underdog.

With favorites such as Dunaden and Americain joining Green Moon in the field, not many horse-racing enthusiasts expected Prebble and his horse to be major contenders for victory.

Through much of the two-mile race, Green Moon made its critics out to be geniuses as he stayed back in the middle of the pack. However, he was just saving up for a final push.

As the horses mustered up their final energy for the closing stretch, it seemed as if Green Moon was just starting to actually put in effort as he sprinted past his peers. 

Tune in to the video below to check out the epic finale at the Melbourne Cup.

Lloyd J. Williams, one of horse racing most popular and well-known owners, has yet again found a diamond in the rough in Green Moon.

Expect this team to experience continued success down the road. 

 

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