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Melbourne Cup penalty for Durston after Caulfield Cup win

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RV handicapper announces Melbourne Cup penalty to Durston

Caulfield Cup winner Durston was fined 2kg for his win in Saturday’s stay-in feature.

Racing Victoria’s head of disability David Hegan on Monday afternoon announced the penalty, which applies to the Chris Waller-trained import Melbourne Cup Weight Class up to 53.5 kg.

Sea The Stars’ seven-year-old son weighing 51.5kg won the shortest weight category on the 57.5kg Gold Trip at the 2400m Caulfield Cup.

It’s Monday Melbourne Cup The penalty was issued to Durston this spring after being hit with a hefty 1.5kg following his win in the Newcastle Cup (2300m) on 16 September.

“Durston’s 2kg penalty considering his weight in 2022 Melbourne Cup compared to his defeated rivals in the Caulfield Cup, along with his overall form record now including three black knockout wins in his last four starts,” said Hegan.

“Saturday’s short gap did not reflect Durston’s impressive form of victory, his ability to overcome difficulties and put himself in a position to win and once again displayed the impressive acceleration as in Newcastle Cup.

“Although the 2kg penalty is larger than that given to recent Caulfield Cup winners, it is important to note that each of them was higher in weight at the time of their victory and Durston was still shorter. 6kg compared to the weight for age. benchmark.

“At 51.5kg, Durston is the winner in the lowest weight class of the Caulfield Cup since Master O’Reilly brought 50.5kg to win in 2007. That horse was later fined 3kg increased to 53. ,5kg in battle Melbourne Cup where he finished eighth”.

The 2kg penalty awarded to Durston was the same as Ethereal when she completed the Cup double, along with subsequent Caulfield Cup champions Railings (2005), Tawqeet (2006) and All The Good (2008).

Durston is currently at the top order of participation in the Melbourne Cupwith the Caulfield Cup winner exempt from voting for the Flemington feature, while the other two Caulfield Cup runners jumped up to the entry order after running on Saturday.

Past winner Vow And Declare rose from 40th to 17th after sixth place saw him pass the first exclusion clause, while fifth-placer Numerian did the same. and currently ranked 12th in order of participation.

As a result, the Caulfield Cup favorite Smokin’ Romans team was shuffled from 26th to 29th in the order of participation.

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