Jockey Damian Lane rides Mer De Glace to victory in the Caulfield Cup.
Jockey Damian Lane rides Mer De Glace to victory in the Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup winner cops Melbourne Cup penalty

Mer De Glace's Caulfield Cup victory has propelled the star stayer from 60th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry to equal-first, while also earning the Japanese raider a 1kg penalty.

Dominant at Caulfield, Mer De Glace will now carry 56kg in the November 5 Cup.

Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter said the nature of the five-year-old's triumph warranted a penalty.

"Mer de Glace was enormously impressive in winning a very competitive renewal of the Caulfield Cup," he said.

"The first six placegetters officially finished within two lengths of each of other and there was a litany of hard-luck stories from the beaten runners.

Jockey Damian Lane rides Mer De Glace to victory the Caulfield Cup.
Jockey Damian Lane rides Mer De Glace to victory the Caulfield Cup.

"The 1kg penalty is the same given to Caulfield Cup winners Boom Time (2017), Mongolian Khan (2015), Dunaden (2012) and Viewed (2009) over the last decade.

"Mer De Glace faces a new challenge in the Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington in 15 days and a new wave of challengers given 17 of the top 24 horses in the current Melbourne Cup order of entry did not compete in the Caulfield Cup."

Mer De Glace will attempt to become the first horse to win both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the same season since Ethereal in 2001.

Since then 12 Caulfield Cup winners have contested the Melbourne Cup, with only one finishing in the top three.

Only Elvstroem (fourth in 2004), Master O'Reilly (eighth in 2007), Viewed (seventh in 2009), Fawkner (sixth in 2013) and Best Solution (eighth in 2018) have managed to finish in the top 10 in the Melbourne Cup after winning the Caulfield Cup.

Vow and Declare earned $700,000 for his Caulfield Cup second placing and climbed from 36th to 30th in the order of entry.

Hush Writer was not penalised for his St Leger win at Randwick because the race does not carry black type status. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian-Bott trained stayer remains in 53rd position in the order of entry.

Mer De Glace's fellow international Red Verdon remains in contention for the Melbourne Cup despite suffering several leg cuts in the Caulfield Cup.

 

Tim Clark rides Hush Writer to victory the St Leger.
Tim Clark rides Hush Writer to victory the St Leger.

 

Ed Dunlop's travelling foreman Robin Trevor-Jones said the chestnut needed attention all three of his four legs.

"I felt like I was Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's cut man," the Englishman said.

"There was blood everywhere but the cuts were superficial.

"The horse didn't deserve the scrimmaging he got, but he's fine now.

"He had a jog around today and we'll wait to see when he can work again.

"He lost six kilos in the race but he's already put two back on, so he's fine."

English stayer Gold Mount has been retired because of a leg injury after finishing 12th in the Caulfield Cup.

The third acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be on Monday.

News Corp Australia


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