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Gatewood Cup Run In The Balance

Thursday, 25th October 2012

Despite recording a slashing Gr1 Melbourne Cup trial in winning yesterday's Gr3 Geelong Cup, imported stayer Gatewood (Galileo-Felicity, by Selkirk) requires "a penalty of at least 1.5kg" to ensure a start in the big race, reports dailytelegraph.com. Currently allotted 53kg, the penalty would elevate him up the order of entry from 41st position to 29th. OTI's Terry Henderson commented, "We are hoping for a big enough penalty to get into the Cup". RVL Handicapper Greg Carpenter responded, "I've got a lot of thinking to do in the next 24 hours along with my colleagues on the handicapping panel ... I will need to have a good look at the sectionals and the way the race was run and we need to be comfortable his overall profile is good enough (to gain a sufficient penalty to get into the Melbourne Cup)."

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