Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, has today announced that he has issued a weight penalty to Steel Prince in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on 3 November.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained gelding became eligible for a penalty following yesterday’s triumph in the $400,000 Group 3 bet365 Geelong Cup (24000m) where he narrowly defeated international import Le Don De Vie who is also trained by the father-son duo.
Steel Prince has been penalised 1kg taking his weight in the Melbourne Cup to 53.5kg, the same weight as King of Leogranace. This moves the gelding from 35th to 25th position in the order of entry.
Carpenter said: “This year was an extremely strong renewal of the Geelong Cup with four European stayers – all Group or Listed Race winners – making their Australian debut and this year’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup winner King of Leogrance also contesting the race.
“When we took into account the outstanding quality of yesterday’s field, we felt that 1kg was the appropriate penalty for Steel Prince which takes him to 53.5kg and 25th in the order of entry.
“While the margin of victory was narrow Steel Prince won with some authority in the end. He carried 0.5kg less than King of Leogrance yesterday and now moves to the same weight as him in the Melbourne Cup.
“Geelong Cup winners in the last decade have an outstanding record in the Melbourne Cup with Americain and Dunaden both going on to win the Flemington feature with 54.5kg after being penalised for the Geelong win.
“Last year Prince of Arran was also penalised 1kg to 54kg before being placed third across the line in the Melbourne Cup and then promoted to second on protest.”
Third acceptances for the Melbourne Cup close at 10am (AEDT) next Monday, 26 October 2020 with two ballot exemption races remaining – this Saturday’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley and the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on 31 October.
Click here to view the Melbourne Cup order of entry (as at 22 October 2020)