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Speed Gifted 2kg Penalty For Caulfield & Melb Cups
Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter subsequently announced a 2kg penalty to Speed Gifted for both the Gr1 Caulfield Cup & Gr1 Melbourne Cup after his win in the Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap. The penalty takes him to 53kg in both races & moves him to equal 24th in the elimination order for the Caulfield Cup & 25th in order in the Melbourne Cup. Carpenter commented: "Speed Gifted dominated his opposition in the Metropolitan Handicap & while the race was run on rain-affected going, he had already won impressively at Flemington on good going since the weights were released. The penalty is greater than those imposed on the most recent winners of the Metropolitan reflecting the ease of his victory."