Punter’s puzzle at the Valley

PUNTERS will only be guessing at Moonee Valley on Saturday as leviathan owner Lloyd Williams launches two more imports into his quest to win another Melbourne Cup. 

The lightly raced but well performed duet of Thought Worthy and Massiyn will begin their Australian careers in the SAJ Catercare Group Handicap over 1500 metres, a questionable distance for both horses.

American bred Thought Worthy did win over 1611 metres at his race debut in a 2YO C&G Maiden at Newbury in October 2011, but none of his six starts since then has been under 2000 metres.

Those six starts include a Listed race win over 2012 at Newmarket and a Group 2 win over 2424 metres at York a year ago last Thursday.

While the distances might be a question there is no doubt about his first up capabilities which have provided that Maiden win and a Group 2 second at his only two attempts.

The Irish bred Massiyn is just as big an enigma.

He finished sixth of 18 at his debut over 1408 metres at Leopardstown in Ireland in November 11, and like Thought Worthy, that has been his only start under 2000 metres.

He was spelled after that debut but returned with two wins over 2012 metres then ended that campaign three successive seconds, the latest a close second in the Group 1 Irish St Leger over 2816 metres.

Both horses are rated around 20-1 shots on Betfair but after the recent performances of some other imports the pair is sure to come under notice.

The Darren Weir trained Irish import Reigning Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune was an outstanding winner first up over 1400 metres at Caulfield last week and on the same program the German bred galloper Pakal scored by six lengths over 1600 metres.

Of course Thought Worthy and Massiyn are only a fraction the Williams ‘ team with 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon not far from returning to the track alongside the likes of Sea Moon, Masked Marvel, Seville and others.