Melbourne’s leading trainer Darren Weir is confident that his tough stayer Prince Of Penzance can get amongst the prizemoney in the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday.
Prince Of Penzance is rated as one of the outsiders of the twenty-four horse field at $81 with Ladbrokes.com.au but while Weir is thinking of a dream winning result, he can see the Pentire gelding finishing in the top ten and picking up a cheque for at least $125,000.
“I’m not sure whether he’s good enough but I think he’s good enough to run top 10,” Weir said.
While the winning connections of the Melbourne Cup will be rewarded with a whopping $3.6 million, with the prizemoney tapering down to $175,000 for fifth, horses finishing sixth to tenth will pick up $125,000 for their owners.
Weir is very happy with the condition of Prince Of Penzance who is coming off a fighting second to Melbourne Cup rival The United States in the Group 2 $250,000 Melbourne Signage Concepts Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on October 24.
“That’s got him where we want him,” Weir said.
“He’s in beautiful condition. He’s had a great preparation for a race like this.”
Michelle Payne has been aboard Prince Of Penzance for all but one of his twenty-three race starts and Weir can see her getting a great run from the inside gate.
“It’s a perfect barrier draw,” Weir said.
“I’m really happy with that.
“It gives him a chance to get into a nice spot and into a nice rhythm.
“Michelle knows the horse really well. She’s ridden him for most of his career. From the good gate he should be sixth, seventh or eighth.
“Give him a chance to balance-up and hopefully can run top 10.”
Payne was aboard Prince Of Penzance when the gelding scored his biggest win of his career when he took out the 2014 Moonee Valley Gold Cup, but that was the last time the pair have found the winner’s stall together.
Weir has saddled up five Melbourne Cup runners and could be somewhat considered unlucky when his mare She’s Archie ran a gallant race to finished second to the legendary Makybe Diva in the first for her three Melbourne Cup victories in 2003.
Japanese stayer Fame Game heads the Melbourne Cup market order at $ ahead of English stayer Trip To Paris at $9 and the Chris Waller trained Preferment at $10.
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