Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Miami Bound will not be penalised for Tuesday weeks Melbourne Cup.
Greg Carpenter, has this morning announced that Miami Bound will not receive a weight penalty in the $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington for her weekend feature win at The Valley.
The Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old mare became eligible for a penalty following her triumph in the Group 2 McCafe Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2600m) on Saturday.
Miami Bound, the 2019 VRC Oaks (2500m) heroine, has 51kg in the Melbourne Cup and was assured of a start prior to the Moonee Valley Gold Cup win where she sat at 22nd in the order of entry.
Carpenter said: “Miami Bound was a strong winner of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, however she was well weighted under the set weights and penalties conditions of the Group 2 race and she will face superior opposition at Flemington on Cup Day.
“At 5.5kg under weight-for-age benchmark in the Melbourne Cup, modern history says she already faces a significant challenge to win the race with 51kg.
“The last VRC Oaks winner to win the Melbourne Cup as a four-year-old was Light Fingers way back in 1965, whilst Kingston Rule was the last horse to the complete the Moonee Valley-Melbourne Cup double 30 years ago in 1990.”
Third acceptances for the 2020 Melbourne Cup close at 10am (AEDT) today with an updated order of entry to be released thereafter.
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