Dunaden hit with Melbourne penalty
Dunaden has been allotted a 1kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup after his victory in the Caulfield Cup at the weekend.
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Trained in France by Mikel Delzangles, he will have to break the metric weight-carrying record if he is to repeat his victory of last year in the famous race.
Only Think Big in 1975 and Makybe Diva in 2005 have carried more than 57kg since the weights went metric in 1972.
"Dunaden again proved himself one of the most gifted 2400-metre horses in the world on Saturday winning the BMW Caulfield Cup with 58kg in what was an outstanding performance," Racing Victoria's general manager Greg Carpenter told www.racingvictoria.com.
"Given the quality of field he beat and the manner in which he won the race the victory demanded a review of his Emirates Melbourne Cup handicap and I have penalised him 1kg thus rising to 59kg.
"I am aware, however, that a new challenge awaits him in the Melbourne Cup with horses of the calibre of Mount Athos (54kg), Galileo's Choice (53.5kg), Green Moon (53.5kg), Mourayan (53.5kg), Tac De Boistron (53.5kg) and Brigantin (53kg) all having elected not to run at Caulfield.
"His arch rival Red Cadeaux comes into the race with 55.5kg and Dunaden, with his 59kg, now meets that horse 2.5kg worse than he did in their epic finish to last year's race. In terms of distance in a 3200-metre contest 1kg is considered to be the equivalent of almost 2 lengths."
Dunaden will be seeking to become the 12th horse to win the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the same year and the first since Ethereal in 2001.
"Only Rising Fast in 1955 with 9st 5lb has carried a weight rivalling the 59kg allocated to Dunaden when completing the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double."