Geelong Cup winner Almoonqith’s chances of a Melbourne Cup start rest with Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.
Almooonqith’s Melbourne Cup price was slashed from $101 to $18 following his impressive win at Geelong on Wednesday.
Currently 37th in the order of entry with 52kg, a 1kg penalty will take Almoonqith to 29th position while 1.5kg will take him to 26th spot.
Co-trainer David Hayes says the imported six-year-old’s win at Geelong shows he is worthy of a start in the Melbourne Cup which has a field capacity of 24 with no provision for emergencies.
Carpenter will announce his penalty decision on Thursday.
Japanese horse Fame Game is the $4.40 favourite for the Cup ahead of Caulfield Cup runner-up Trip To Paris at $7.50.
The Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan is the third favourite at $8.50.