Age/Colour/Sex: 5yo Bay Stallion
Trainer: Robert Hickmott
Lloyd Williams, the mysterious man behind the tinted sunglasses must surely be feeling confident going into the Melbourne Cup. Already a four time winner of the event, Williams will saddle up a record six starters, all with a knock out chance.
Last year’s winner Green Moon will attempt to win back to back Cups but will have to compete against a bevvy of his stable mates; The English stayer Sea Moon, Caulfield Cup champion Fawkner, Sydney Cup Winner Mourayan and the roughie of the field, Masked Marvel. Then there is the Group 1 Metropolitan winner Seville.
Seville is a former German galloper who had raced successfully against top form in the UK before heading to Australia in 2011.
In 2013 he embarks on his third campaign down under and Fillies Form is confident he is ready to fire in the Melbourne Cup. In his first Australian campaign, Seville’s performances were fair, with a ninth in the Anniversary Vase at Caulfield, a lesser group race, and fourth behind Stradbroke handicap winner Linton in the R.A. Lee Stakes in Adelaide. His second campaign down under however really shaped him as a quality galloper and it was then that Fillies Form began to take notice.
After two standard runs up fresh, Seville came out and ran a slashing second to 2012 Melbourne Cup winner, Green Moon, in the Turnbull Stakes. After the impressive run, Seville was considered one of the favorites for the Caulfield Cup but would be scratched from both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups after coming down with a virus. Seville began his road to recovery, trailing the field in the Memsie Stakes. He was also last to finish in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes over a mile but was less than four lengths behind the winner Fiorente. In the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes he stepped up in distance, finishing ninth of sixteen under Craig Williams. But it was the Group 1 Metropolitan Stakes over his preferred distance of 2400 metres that would see Seville finally shine. With super star Hugh Bowman on board, Seville was given the run of the race, outstaying Julienas to win by half a length. Bowman would stay aboard Seville for the Cox Plate and deliver a rock solid performance. Taking on a world class field and stepping back in distance, tackling the Cox Plate was going to be a huge challenge, but one the Williams camp was happy to accept. In a tight tussle, Seville was caught three wide and found himself back further than midfield on the home turn. Bowman called upon Seville and he responded making up significant ground. In the home run, he continued to gain momentum, and despite driving to the line, the weight pull for Shamus Award was too great.
With Seville’s Cox Plate performance, the Hugh Bowman X-factor and Williams ability to get his Cup runners to peak on their day, Fillies Form are more than happy to add Seville to our stable.
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