Vatuvei Wins 2012 Moonee Valley Cup – Results

October 29th, 2012

Vatuvei has won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley racecourse last Saturday October 27, 2012.

The four-year-old won the race by one and a half lengths ahead of Reuben Percival, who finished second, and Ironstein, who finished in third.

Vatuvei has now won three of his 15 race starts and has earned more than $315,000 in prize money.

The Reset gelding was paying offs of $13 to win the 2012 Moonee Valley Cup at

Vatuvei was ridden by jockey Luke Nolen in the 2012 Moonee Valley Cup.

Nolen is confident Vatuvei could be one of the best stayers in Australia by this time next year.

”He’s still a bit behind at this stage and we’re not kidding ourselves,” Nolen said.

”He has to rise another cog and a half to be competitive with those (Melbourne Cup) horses and he’s not completely physically matured, so we’ll wait another year with him.

“But he’s going about it the right way and he’s going to continue to improve.

“Pete’s (Moody) always said he’s a bit behind them all at this stage.

“He’s a stayer of quality but I think the benefit of a season on his back, he may come up that extra bar to compete in the Melbourne Cup.

“He’ll continue to do that. He’s a nice little horse.”

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2012 Moonee Valley Cup Race Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 54kg $13
2 7 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 1.5L 8 56kg $9.50
3 4 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 3 56.5kg $5
4 2 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings James McDonald 3.7L 7 57kg $4.80
5 1 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 6.7L 2 58kg $61
6 5 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 7.95L 5 56.5kg $13
7 8 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani Craig Newitt 9.45L 4 55kg $7.50
8 9 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 13.45L 9 55kg $4.20F
9 3 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell Damien Oliver 16.95L 6 57kg $21