Dunaden Gets Melbourne Cup 2011 Weight Penalty

Yesterday’s explosive Geelong Cup winner Dunaden has risen from 14th to 8th on the elimination order for the highly-anticipated 2011 Melbourne Cup after Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carptenter handed them a half-kilo weight penalty for their Geelong win.

Bauer

Bauer will not race again before the 2011 Melbourne Cup and could miss out on a start in the race

Emulating last year’s Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup winner Americain in winning the Geelong Cup at their first start on Australian soil as the topweight of the race, the French-trained Dunaden has also been awarded the same penalty for the victory as Americain did 12 months ago.

Prepared by Mikel Delzangles, who was once the foreman for Americain’s trainer Alain de Royer Dupre, six-year-old Nicobar stallion Dunaden looked very dominant when running down and beating home this year’s Geelong Cup favourite Tanby in Wednesday’s 2400-metre feature.

2012 Melbourne Cup Odds

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Now firmly in contention for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, Dunaden is due to carry 54.5kg in classic showdown, which includes their 0.5kg penalty.

“Dunaden was most impressive winning the Geelong Cup yesterday after sustaining a searching run from the back of the field with 58kg and accordingly I have elected to penalise him 0.5kg in the Melbourne Cup for that victory,” Carpenter said.

“Dunaden’s countryman Americian won the Geelong Cup with 58kg last year and 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 great than 0.5kg for Duanden thought as he is yet to win at Group 1 or 2 level and the four horses weighted above him in this year’s race, Americain (58kg), Jukebox Jury (57kg), Descarado (56kg) and Midas Touch (55kg), have performed to a higher level.”

Because of their Geelong Cup success, Dunaden has also shot up the futures markets for the famous two-mile handicap.

Americain is still the sole horse in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet under double-figures paying $8 to become a dual Melbourne Cup winner this spring, but Dunaden now occupies the second line of betting at $10 – equal odds with Anthony Freedman’s German import Lucas Cranach.

Following these top three elects is Green Moon at $13 having been crunched in from their earlier Melbourne Cup price after the Lloyd Williams-owned galloper ran an eye-catching second to Southern Speed in the Caulfield Cup.

Next in the Luxbet markets are Lion Tamer at $14 who contests the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley this Saturday, fellow Cox Plate hopeful Shamrocker ($15), and then European raiders Bauer and Jukebox Jury paying $17.

The Luca Cumani-trained Bauer has been the best-backed Melbourne Cup hopeful over the past 24 hours following their slashing third in yesterday’s Geelong Cup.

Their Geelong Cup placing saw the old grey galloper qualify for the Melbourne Cup 2011, nine-year-old Bauer still far from assured of a start sitting 42nd on the order of entry.

Bauer, who won the 2008 Geelong Cup before going down a nose to Viewed in that year’s Melbourne Cup clash, pulled through yesterday’s run well but connections have confirmed they will not run the horse again and it will take a number of horses above them in the ballot to drop out of contention for Bauer to get a second shot in the Melbourne Cup.

“We’ll just have to hope there is horses who fall out,” stable rep Charlie Henson said.

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2011 Melbourne Cup Ballot & Weights

Updated 20/10/2011

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 2 58kg
2 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 1 57kg
3 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 3 56kg
4 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 6 55kg
5 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 8 54.5kg (inc. 0.5kg Pen.)
6 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 7 54.5kg
7 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 14 54kg
8 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 12 54kg
9 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 4 54kg
10 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 10 54kg
11 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 13 54kg
12 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 18 53.5kg
13 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston 22 53.5kg (inc.0.5kg Pen.)
14 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 19 53.5kg
15 LINTON Robert Hickmott 15 53.5kg
16 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 20 53.5kg
17 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 17 53.5kg
18 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 16 53.5kg
19 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 21 53.5kg
20 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 23 53kg
21 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 27 53kg
22 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 25 53kg
23 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 26 53kg
24 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 28 53kg
25 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 29 52.5kg
26 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 31 52.5kg
27 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 30 52.5kg
28 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 33 52.5kg
29 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 42 52kg
30 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 37 52kg (inc. 1.5kg Pen.)
31 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 39 52kg
32 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 40 52kg
33 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 41 52kg
34 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 5 52kg
35 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 36 52kg (inc. 2.0kg Pen.)
36 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 35 52kg
37 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 9 51.5kg
38 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 64 51.5kg
39 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 44 51.5kg (inc. 1.5kg Pen.)
40 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 48 51kg
41 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 11 51kg
42 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 49 51kg
43 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 45 51kg
44 LAMASERY David Vandyke 46 51kg (inc. 1.0kg Pen.)
45 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 47 51kg
46 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 32 51kg
47 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 34 51kg
48 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50 50.5kg (inc. 0.5kg Pen.)
49 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 53 50.5kg
50 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 38 50.5kg
51 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 65 50.5kg
52 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 54 50.5kg
53 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 52 50.5kg
54 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 51 50.5kg
55 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 60 50kg
56 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 72 50kg
57 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 70 50kg
58 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney 73 50kg
59 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 43 50kg
60 GALIZANI John P Thompson 57 50kg
61 HUME (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 62 50kg
62 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 56 50kg
63 ISHANT Peter G Moody 69 50kg
64 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller 75 50kg
65 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 59 50kg
66 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 68 50kg
67 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 66 50kg
68 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 67 50kg
69 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 58 50kg
70 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 78 50kg
71 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 24 50kg
72 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 61 50kg
73 REPRISAL David Hayes 71 50kg
74 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 74 50kg
75 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 76 50kg
76 TANBY Robert Hickmott 55 50kg
77 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 63 50kg
78 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 77 50kg