Prince Of Penzance Targeting 2016 Melbourne Cup

June 8, 2016

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit '

Prince Of Penzance Targeting 2016 Melbourne Cup

Darren Weir has confirmed plans for defending champion Prince Of Penzance to head towards the Melbourne Cup 2016 this spring after an eye-catching return in Adelaide last month.

Prince Of Penzance

Defending champion Prince Of Penzance is on track for the 2016 Melbourne Cup this spring at Flemington. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The six-year-old son of Pentire gave Weir the biggest thrill of his training career to date wen scoring the upset as a $101 roughie in last November’s $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Prince Of Penzance returned to racing in Adelaide on May 21 and was far from disgraced when finishing just a half-length away second to Tonopah in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m).

Weir was impressed with the comeback of his $4.43 million earner and confirmed a title defence in the ‘race that stops a nation’ was on the agenda this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

“He’s going really well, he ran in Adelaide two weeks ago and it was a terrific run,” Weir said when speaking at the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour launch this week.

“He’s certainly heading towards the Cup again this year.”

That said, Weir added that Prince Of Penzance owed them nothing and would be immediately retired should he show any signs of no longer wanting to race.

“Prince Of Penzance doesn’t have to do anything else for us, if he shows any sign of not wanting to do it anymore or has any soundness issues or anything like that he’ll be retired straight away,” Weir said.

“He’s done all he needs to do.”

Weir also has his 2014 Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Signoff heading towards the famous Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November.

After plenty of times on the sidelines with injury, Authorized six-year-old Signoff had two strong autumn runs earlier this year including his Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) in Adelaide on March 5.

“We’ve got horses we’re aiming towards it [the Melbourne Cup 2016] but whether they’re good enough I’m not sure,” Weir said.

“We didn’t know whether Prince Of Penzance was good enough and we were lucky to win it so hopefully we’ve got a couple more horses heading in that direction and if you get them there fit and well on the day, and you get a bit of luck, you never know what happens.”

All-in Melbourne Cup betting at are currently co-led by Japanese raider Fame Game and the Lloyd Williams-owned import The United States at $17.

The Yoshitada Munakata-trained Heart’s Cry stallion Fame Game embarked on a Spring Cups’ campaign down under last year finishing sixth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and 13th in the Melbourne Cup beaten 5.5 lengths by Prince Of Penzance.

The United States is also a 2015 Melbourne Cup graduate, Robert Hickmott’s Galileo six-year-old 14th in the world’s richest handicap last season.

He enjoyed a strong autumn campaign that included a Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) win at Rosehill in March and a second to Lucia Valentina in Randwick’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during ‘The Championships’.

Prince Of Penzance meanwhile can be found further down the futures Melbourne Cup odds at $34 to go back-to-back in the two mile classic for the first time since the mighty Makybe Diva won three on the trot from 2003-05.

Signoff is shorter in betting at $21 to hand Weir with his second ‘Loving Trophy’.

To check out the full Melbourne Cup 2016 futures markets and lock in generous early odds on your selections visit today!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field