Green day for trainer

A horse trained by former Ovens and Murray player Robert Hickmott has won the Melbourne Cup.

Green Moon won a fourth Melbourne Cup for owner Lloyd Williams when he beat one of the best fields ever assembled for the race.

Trainer, Hickmott, played for the Wangaratta Rovers in the 1990s.

He accepted his trophy at official presentations after the race.

“It’s a great honour to work for Lloyd Williams,” Mr Hickmott told the crowd.

“His passion for horse racing strives us to be better people.”

Green Moon was ridden by Brett Prebble, who flew from Hong Kong for the event.

The horse dashed to the lead inside the final 200 metres to beat Fiorente and Jakkalberry.

The English import, trained by Victorian Robert Hickmott, atoned for his failure in last month’s Cox Plate, where he started as favourite and finished seventh.

“I was very confident they weren’t going to pick him up - he ran all the way through to the wire,” Prebble said.

Highly fancied previous winners Americain and Dunaden were never in the race and finished well back.

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