Michael Manley writing in the Melbourne Herald Sun onOctober 31, 2008 wrote:
TRAINER Bart Cummings hopes to double his Melbourne Cup assault from one to two runners by winning tomorrow's Saab Quality (2500m).
Viewed is guaranteed a Cup start, but Cummings says either Moatize or Book Of Kells can win the Saab and qualify as well.
He is keener on the prospects of Moatize.
"He's a dour type. He's only had 11 runs and has been around the placings," said Cummings, who is pursuing a 12th Melbourne Cup win.
"He has a good turn of foot and the last 200m of his races are always his best. The indications are he will run out a strong 3200m if he gets in."
Cummings said he liked Moatize as a horse.
"The Saab's the right race for him to get in. He has a great constitution, he never stops eating," he said.
Moatize finished second behind Bauer in the Geelong Cup at his last start.
Cummings said the rain would suit his other runner trying to qualify for the Melbourne Cup, Book Of Kells.
TAB Sportsbet has Moatize a $4 third favourite in the Saab Quality, while Book Of Kells is $26.
Viewed will run later in the afternoon in the Mackinnon Stakes, following the traditional Cummings Melbourne Cup formula of running on Derby Day.
The only one of his 11 Melbourne Cup winners not to run on Derby Day was Saintly in 1996.
Flemington trainer Mike Moroney is trying to do something he has done four times -- win his way into the Melbourne Cup via the Saab Quality.
Tomorrow he is trying to get imported stallion Glistening into the race.
He has placed blinkers on Glistening in an attempt to fire him up after a disappointing effort in the Geelong Cup.
"When he won at Flemington three starts ago, he went forward, and hopefully with the blinkers on it will sharpen him up," Moroney said.
In 2000 Moroney's Melbourne Cup winner Brew scraped into the field by winning the Saab Quality.
Three other times he has managed to get runners into the Melbourne Cup via the Saab.
In 2001 Maythehorsebewithu won the Saab before finishing fifth in the Melbourne Cup.
In 2004 Catchmeifyoucan finished second in the Saab, which then earned an automatic start in the Melbourne Cup - a race in which he finished eighth.