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Dunaden 0.5kg Melb Cup Penalty For Geelong Win
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced a 0.5kg penalty for Dunaden in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) following its win in Wednesday’s Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m). The French horse (trained by Mikel Delzangles) rises from 54kg to 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday November 1, for which it has now jumped to 2nd favourite at around 10-1. Carpenter commented: “Dunaden was most impressive winning the Geelong Cup after sustaining a searching run from the back of the field with 58kg & accordingly I have elected to penalise him 0.5kg in the Melbourne Cup for that victory. Dunaden's countryman Americain won the Geelong Cup with 58kg last year & I also lifted his weight from 54kg to 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup which he went on to win. I could not justify an increase of greater than 0.5kg for Dunaden though, as he is yet to win at Gr1 or Gr2 level & the 4 horses weighted above him in this year's race - Americain, Jukebox Jury, Descarado & Midas Touch - have performed to a higher level.” Second acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken at 12 noon on Monday (October 24).