Macedon Lodge imports Thought Worthy and Massiyn will make their Australian racing debuts in the SAJ Catercare Group Handicap (1500m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow.
Thought Worthy and Massiyn both galloped between races at Caulfield last Saturday but will get their first taste of Australian racing conditions since joining the Williams team at the end of 2012.
Co-owner Nick Williams does not believe either entire is a winning chance this weekend but told Racing Victoria that the race will give them a good first-up hit out.
“We like this race, it’s a good kick-off for some of the horses that are still in handicap mode,” Williams said.
“This race will be too short for them.
We’re just happy to get to the races and have a look at them under race conditions.
“They’ve both shown good ability and we expect them to go well (this pring), but how far they get is up to their constitution.”
Both Thought Worthy and Massiyn performed at the highest level of racing in Great Britain and Ireland before being purchased by Team Williams.
Thought Worthy took the traditional route for a three-year-old stayer in Great Britain last year, finishing fourth behind Camelot in the Group 1 Epsom Derby (2423m) before winning the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (2414m) and finishing sixth in the Group 1 St Leger Stakes (2937m).
Massiyn did all his racing in Ireland with his three-year-old season highlighted by a second place finish behind Galileo’s Choice, who finished twentieth in the 2012 Melbourne Cup (3200m), in the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes (2414m) before finishing second in the Group 1 Irish St. Leger (2816m) at Curragh last September.
Both stayers have been included in the nominations for the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Cox Plate (2040m).
It will be a busy day for Team Williams at Moonee Valley tomorrow with 2013 Spring Racing Carnival hopefuls Masked Marvel, Tanby, Seville and Livery all set to gallop before the first race.