Fawkner Cops 1.5kg Penalty for 2013 Melbourne Cup

The winning effort of the Team Williams-owned Fawkner in the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) over the weekend has seen them cop a 1.5 kg weight penalty for the Melbourne Cup 2013 next month.

Fawkner

Fawkner will carry 54.5kg if accepted for the 2013 Melbourne Cup field in November. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Robert Hickmott-trained Reset six-year-old ran the race of their life on Saturday to defeat a smart field including fast finishing European runner-up Dandino by a minimum 1.3 lengths in the mile and a half classic.

Prior to their Caulfield Cup victory Fawkner, runner-up to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, was allocated 53kg in the Melbourne Cup weights.

They have now shot up to first on the Melbourne Cup ballot and will carry 54.5kg if accepted into the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field on November 5, half a kilo less then they carried to victory in the Caulfield Cup.

“Fawkner was strong on the line in the BMW Caulfield Cup at his first run beyond 2040m and has been penalised 1.5kg in the weights for the Emirates Melbourne Cup for his Group 1 victory,” Racing Victoria Executive General Manager Greg Carpenter explained.

“On the strength of his win on Saturday I see no reason why Fawkner wouldn’t be very competitive in an Emirates Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg, which is 0.5kg less weight than he carried to victory on Saturday, after weights were raised 1.5kg for that race at final acceptance time.”

The penalty is also in line with those awarded to a number of other Caulfield Cup winners in recent years according to Carpenter.

“The 1.5kg penalty is the same afforded to Descarado (2010), Master O’Reilly (2007) and Sky Heights (1999) following their wins in the BMW Caulfield Cup,” he said.

“In the last 20 years only Viewed (1kg in 2009) and Dunaden (1kg in 2012) have received lesser penalties.”

It also means that should they both go to the Melbourne Cup Fawkner and the European-trained Dandino, second in the Caulfield Cup on the weekend, will meet equal on the weights; Dandino carried 56.5kg when runner-up on Saturday.

“Both Fawkner and the Marco Botti-trained runner-up Dandino now have 54.5kg in the Emirates Melbourne Cup with Fawkner meeting Dandino and BMW Caulfield Cup third placegetter Dear Demi 1.5kg worse for having beaten them by 1.25 lengths on Saturday,” Carpenter said.

Connections at Macedon Lodge are still weighing up whether they will test Fawkner over the two miles in the Melbourne Cup or give them an easier season finish in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) three days earlier on Victoria Derby Day.

Melbourne Cup betting is currently led by last year’s runner-up Fiorente ($5.50) for trainer Gai Waterhouse, who has 55kg.

Fawkner meanwhile pays a more generous $11 as the third pick in the markets, Dandino the $7 second elect.

If accepted for the Melbourne Cup, Fakwner will be out to become the 12th horse in history to complete the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double.

Over the years 90 Caulfield Cup winners have gone on to run in the famous Flemington race, the most recent of the 11 to succeed being Ethereal (2011) who was penalised two kilos for her Caulfield victory.

There are now nine horses more heavily weighted than Fawkner in the Melbourne Cup weights which are led by 2011 winner Dunaden (58.5kg) and the reigning Melbourne Cup champ Green Moon (57.5kg).

The latest Emirates Melbourne Cup2013 weights and ballot order can be found below.

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2013 Melbourne Cup Weights & Ballot

Flemington Race 7 – 05/11/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 2 58.5kg 118
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 3 57.5kg 116
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 5 56.5kg 114
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 6 56.5kg 113
5 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 4 56kg 116
6 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 7 56kg 113
7 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe 14 55kg 110
8 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 10 55kg 112
9 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 15 55kg 112
10 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 17 54.5kg 110
11 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 16 54.5kg 110
12 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 1 54.5kg (inc. 1.5kg penalty) 107
13 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 20 54.5kg 110
14 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 21 54.5kg 111
15 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 18 54.5kg 110
16 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 22 54.5kg (inc. 1.0kg peanalty) 107
17 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 8 54.5kg 113
18 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 27 54kg 108
19 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani 25 54kg 109
20 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 26 54kg 109
21 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 9 54kg 110
22 WALDPARK (GER) Anthony Freedman 28 54kg 109
23 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 30 53.5kg 108
24 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 12 53.5kg 110
25 MR MOET Adam Durrant 33 53.5kg 108
26 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins 32 53.5kg 107
27 TANBY Robert Hickmott 31 53.5kg 107
28 JET AWAY (GB) David Hayes 37 53kg 106
29 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 34 53kg 109
30 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 36 53kg 110
31 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 35 53kg 106
32 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 19 53kg 110
33 BRIGANTIN (USA) Pat Carey 39 52.5kg 104
34 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) Nicky Henderson 40 52.5kg 105
35 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 60 52.5kg 103
36 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 38 52.5kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty) 103
37 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 24 52.5kg 112
38 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 42 52kg 103
39 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 41 52kg 108
40 KESAMPOUR (FR) Peter G Moody 61 52kg 101
41 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 44 52kg 102
42 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent 29 52kg 106
43 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 11 52kg 107
44 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 43 52kg 105
45 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 46 51.5kg 100
46 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan 45 51.5kg 102
47 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 23 51kg 104
48 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 48 51kg 95
49 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 13 51kg 110
50 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 52 50.5kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty) 90
51 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 62= 50.5kg 95
52 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 55 50.5kg 98
53 MOTIVADO (GB) David Hayes 56 50.5kg 93
54 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 62= 50.5kg 9
55 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 53 50.5kg 100
56 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 64= 50kg 89
57 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Peter Chapple-Hyam 64= 50kg 9.5
58 CHARLESTON LADY (GB) David Vandyke 64= 50kg 9.5
59 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney 64= 50kg 85
60 GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 64= 50kg 9.5
61 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes 59 50kg 89
62 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 54 50kg 89
63 KINGDOMS (NZ) John O’Shea 49 50kg 85
64 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 57 50kg 90
65 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 47 50kg 98
66 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 64= 50kg 93
67 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker 64= 50kg 78
68 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 50 50kg 98
69 TALENT SHOW Graeme Ballantyne 51 50kg 99
70 TREVIERES (FR) Markus Nigge 64= 50kg 99
71 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 58 50kg 9.5
72 WHY NOT (GER) David Hayes 64= 50kg 84