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Melb Cup 0.5kg Penalty For Dolphin Jo

Tuesday, 14th October 2008

In Australia, Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced a 0.5kg penalty for the Gr1 Melbourne Cup to 6YO gelding Dolphin Joe (Dolphin Street-High Rent, by Belligerent) following his weekend victory in the Gr2 Winning Edge Presentation Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield. The penalty takes the Terry & Karina O'Sullivan-trained stayer's weight to 52kg in the Melbourne Cup (3200m at Flemington on November 4) & lifts him from 33rd to 30th in the Elimination Order, with Carpenter noting: "Dolphin Jo ran 5th in the race last year with 51.5kg & the penalty acknowledges his fighting win in the Winning Edge & places him in a strong position to make the Cup field again in 2008." Meanwhile Dolphin Jo could not be penalised for this Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), with his win guaranteeing him a place in the field for this weekend's feature. Dolphin Jo currently boasts 5 wins (also including 2007's Listed The Bart Cummings over 2530m at Flemington, plus 2006's Listed VRC St Leger over 2800m at Flemington) & 8 placings (including 2007's Listed Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield & Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes over 3200m at Sandown) from 38 starts for $658,175 earnings.

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