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Tony McEvoy’s Big Memory has been given a 2kg penalty in next month’s Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) after taking out the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes on Saturday.
The penalty takes the five-year-old gelding’s weight from 50.5kg up to 52.5kg after winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) half a length from Signoff and Let’s Make Adeal.
Big Memory is paying $41 in the Ladbrokes.com.au 2014 Melbourne Cup future odds.
However, Racing Victoria General Manager – Racing Greg Carpenter made it known the penalty did not guarantee the French import a place in the 2014 Melbourne Cup field.
“Big Memory was very strong in winning the Herbert Power and recording his second black type win of the year at 2400 metres or further. It was a performance that was full of merit,” Carpenter said.
“Whilst he could not be re-handicapped in the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup, he has been handed a 2kg penalty in the Emirates Melbourne Cup which lifts him to 37th in the Order of Entry with 52.5kg.
“With the penalty he now has 5.5kg less than topweight Admire Rakti in the Melbourne Cup, compared to 6kg less than Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup for which he could not be penalised.”
Big Memory’s Herbert Power win earned the French import a start in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) this weekend, for which he will carry 52kg.
The 2014 Caulfield Cup final field was released Tuesday morning, with Big Memory the 17th entry with Corey Brown to ride.
The barrier draw will be televised this afternoon at 5:30pm (local time) so check back at races.com.au for all the details.
No horse has completed the Herbert Power-Melbourne Cup double since Rogan Josh in 1999, so Big Memory has his work cut out for him.
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