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MORONEY ON A MELBOURNE CUP MISSION

Mike Moroney missed the wins of Bianco Nuovo and Meteor Light at Sandown on Wednesday but he had a good reason.

Moroney was in his native New Zealand on Wednesday as an ambassador for the Melbourne Cup tour with the trophy on show at the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata.

The trainer said he was thrilled to be able to take the Cup to Matamata.

"I am very proud to be an ambassador," Moroney said.

"It is a great race and this is the first time it has come to my hometown so it is a privilege to be here with it."

Moroney's grandparents bred 1960 winner Hi Jinx.

"I never thought when I was a kid looking at the photo of Hi Jinx winning that I would ever win one myself," Moroney said.

"Having been fortunate enough to have done it once I'd like to be able to do it again."

Mike and the trophy also visited Rich Hill Stud where 2015 winner Prince Of Penzance was bred and the home of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.

Mike is pictured with John Thompson of Rich Hill Stud and former VRC chief steward Des Gleeson.
[29 Aug 19]

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