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Moroney, Thompson to join forces

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Melbourne Cup winning-trainer Mike Moroney is set to enter into a partnership with his assistant Glen Thompson.

Thompson has worked in the industry for a long period of time, having done so with his brother John when he was training for Patinack Farm and also in his own right previously.

The news comes after Moroney had made the decision to relinquish his licence in his native New Zealand, with his training partner Pam Gerard to take sole charge of their stable at Matamata.

Moroney’s upcoming partnership with Thompson was announced by his long-time racing manager Anthony Feroce on Tuesday morning.

“The next step is, it’s in the pipework, Mike will probably take on a training partner here in Australia,” Feroce said on RSN927, before adding that Thompson would be that training partner.

Thompson and Feroce have been pivotal players in the running of Moroney’s Flemington-based stable while the trainer has been battling ill health, as he’s recovering from acute pneumonia and a collapsed lung.

Fortunately, Feroce had a positive report on Moroney’s wellbeing on Tuesday.

“Mike’s doing very well,” Feroce said.

“He’s back home and he’s not far away from coming back to the races. He’ll probably take July off, go up north and get some sun and then he’ll be ready to go for the spring.”

Despite Moroney’s absence, his stable has operated at a superb 22 per cent strike-rate from its past 50 runners, including a metropolitan win on Monday at Mornington by promising filly Benagil.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain is undefeated in two starts and Feroce believes that she can continue to rise through the ranks.

“We’ve made the decision that she’s going straight to the paddock,” he said.

“With the Thousand Guineas run towards the end of November, it gives her a chance to get to that race if she’s good enough.”

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