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Irish Stayer Septimus To Escape Cups Penalty

Tuesday, 1st July 2008

Chief handicapper Greg Carpenter "says Irish stayer Septimus will not be penalised in the Caulfield-Melbourne Cups for his Curragh Cup win" last weekend, reported Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper. The 5YO entire Septimus (Sadler's Wells-Caladira, by Darshaan) received 57kg in last year's Melbourne Cup & "is expected to get the same weight this year & looks favourite to carry No.1 saddlecloth". Carpenter summed up the Curragh Cup win: "At level weights against Gr3 company you would expect him to win like that." Carpenter will get another chance to re-handicap Septimus if he wins the Gr1 Irish St Leger (2800m) at the Curragh in mid-September. Septimus (the horse identified last season by Coolmore trainer Aidan O'Brien as the stayer he intended to aim at the 2008 Gr1 Melbourne Cup) made a triumphant Northern Hemisphere seasonal debut in Ireland with a 2.5-lengths victory in the Gr3 Curragh Cup (14 furlongs). Septimus finished 2007 as the top-rated stayer in Europe on the International Classifications (on 122), ahead of multiple Gr1-winning Ballydoyle stable-mates Yeats (121) & Scorpion (120). During 2007 Septimus blitzed his rivals by 5-lengths (& earned the highest Racing Post Rating registered by any stayer last season at 125) when he set a new track record in the UK Gr2 Doncaster Cup (18 furlongs), as well as winning both the UK Gr2 Lonsdale Stakes (in his 1st test over 2 miles) at York & Gr3 Mooresbridge Stakes, plus finishing runner-up in the UK Gr1 Coronation Cup (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs. In 2006 Septimus won the Gr2 Dante Stakes at York & in 2005 he won Ireland's Gr2 Beresford Stakes & finished 3rd in the UK Gr1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

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