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Viewed Given 1kg Melb Cup Penalty
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced a 1kg weight penalty for 6YO entire Viewed (Scenic-Lovers Knot, by Khozaam) in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m at Flemington on November 3) following his latest victory in Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Viewed (who won last year's Melbourne Cup) now joins 2007 winner Efficient at the top of the weights on 58kg. In the last 30 years, 26 horses have run in the Melbourne Cup with 58kg or more, but only Makybe Diva in 2005 has been successful. Carpenter commented: "The win of Viewed on Saturday confirmed him as one of the great stayers of the modern era. He was already high up in the Melbourne Cup weights & his new weight of 58kg represents an increase of 5kg on his Cup-winning weight in 2008. In determining the penalty it was important to understand that additional weight will have a greater impact on the performance of a horse higher up in the handicap than it will on a lightly-weighted runner. I was also mindful that the Melbourne Cup represents a new challenge for Viewed with Efficient, Speed Gifted & Alcopop (last start winners of the Turnbull Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap & Herbert Power Stakes respectively) set to run, along with a 2nd wave of international entries who did not contest the Caulfield Cup."