Tanby Gets 1kg Penalty – Latest 2011 Melbourne Cup Field, Ballot & Weights

Prolific racehorse owner Lloyd Williams is sweating on the results of this Saturday’s Victoria Derby Day to see if the 1kg weight penalty handed down to his Bendigo Cup winner Tanby is enough to get them into next Tuesday’s 2011 Melbourne Cup field.


The Lloyd Williams-owned Tanby has been awarded a 1kg weight penalty for the 2011 Melbourne Cup

Getting the better of their more fancied stablemate, the fellow Melbourne Cup-bound At First Sight, on Wednesday Galileo five-year-old Tanby claimed an impressive one and three quarter length victory in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m).

The race was being used by Williams’ as an eleventh-hour bid to get Tanby, former runner-up in both the Herbert Power Stakes and Geelong cup, a starting spot in the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.

While Tanby did what was asked of him by winning the Bendigo Cup, they are still not assured of a start in the $6.2 million Flemington showcase.

Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter penalised Tanby 1kg for the victory, saying the penalty reflected the horse’s recent form and the quality of field they defeated on Wednesday.

“Tanby came away from an impressive win over his highly credentialed stablemate At First Sight to record his first black type win in the Bendigo Cup and the penalty acknowledges his emerging form since the weights were originally released,” Carpenter said.

“Prior to his win in the Bendigo Cup Tanby had finished second to Shewan in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield and second to French visitor Dunaden in the Group 3 Geelong Cup which shows he’s a progressive in-form stayer.”

Tanby now as 51kg for the Melbourne Cup and has moved up from 38th to 32nd on the order of entry for the testing two-mile showdown.

The dream is still not over for Tanby, however, as there is a chance enough horses higher above them in the ballot could withdraw by the time final Melbourne Cup acceptances are taken at 5pm (AEST) on Saturday.

“The horse ranked 31st at the same time last year ultimately secured the last place in the Cup field when final acceptances were taken so it is not inconceivable for Tanby to gain a start, but the hrose’s fate is in the hands of others,” Carpenter said.

Williams currently has six Melbourne Cup entries with Midas Touch (4th), Linton (10th), Mourayan (12th), At First Sight (20th) and Green Moon (35th) still in contention along with Tanby.

Of his contingent At First Sight is the most fancied in the Luxbet Melbourne Cup markets at a quote of $14 despite, the galloper firmly assured of a run sitting 20th on the order of entry.

Last-start Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon follows, rated a $21 chance.

Green Moon will vie for a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption by winning the $250,000 Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday, for which they are the $3.40 favourite to do so.

Also racing on Derby Day are Midas Touch, Linton and Mourayan in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) – which is the second race of the day offering a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption to the winner.

Following Lloyd’s top-two in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet are then Midas Touch ($21), Mourayan ($31), Manighar ($41) and Tanby ($41).

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Latest 2011 Melbourne Cup Order Of Entry & Weights

Updated 27/10/2011

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 2 58kg 117
2 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 1 57kg 115
3 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 4 55kg 111
4 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 5 54.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 111
5 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 9 54kg 110
6 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 7 54kg 112
7 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 6 54kg 110
8 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 8 54kg 110
9 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston 15 53.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 109
10 LINTON Robert Hickmott 10 53.5kg 108
11 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 13 53.5kg 109
12 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 12 53.5kg 108
13 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 11 53.5kg 107
14 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 14 53.5kg 109
15 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 16 53kg 109
16 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 18 53kg 106
17 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 17 53kg 108
18 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 19 53kg 108
19 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 20 52.5kg 106
20 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 21 52.5kg 105
21 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 23 52.5kg 101
22 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 29 52kg 103
23 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 27 52kg 103
24 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 28 52kg 103
25 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 3 52kg 108
26 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 26 52kg (Pen. 2.0kg) 105
27 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 25 52kg 106
28 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 30 51.5kg (Pen. 1.5kg) 101
29 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 31 51kg 95
30 LAMASERY David Vandyke 33 51kg (Pen. 1.0kg) 102
31 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 34 51kg 101
32 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 22 51kg 103
33 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 24 51kg 102
34 TANBY Robert Hickmott 32 51kg (Pen. 1.0kg) 102
35 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 35 50.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 103
36 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 38 50.5kg 95
37 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 42 50.5kg 98
38 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 37 50.5kg 98
39 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 36 50.5kg 93
40 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 40 50kg 89
41 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 46 50kg 93
42 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 44 50kg 72
43 GALIZANI John P Thompson 39 50kg 98
44 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 43 50kg 93
45 REPRISAL David Hayes 45 50kg 82
46 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 41 50kg 85
47 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 47 50kg 85