Handicapper Greg Carpenter received hate mail when master trainer Bart Cummings’ Precedence missed out on a Melbourne Cup run two years ago.
Now Carpenter is hoping for a fairytale ending if Precedence can earn himself a run in this year’s Melbourne Cup by winning a race named after the late `Cups King’.
Precedence is one of 71 entries yet to pass the ballot for the Melbourne Cup who therefore need to perform over the next seven weeks to secure a start on November 3.
The 10-year-old can secure his place in his fifth Melbourne Cup by winning The Bart Cummings at Flemington on Sunday, October 4.
Carpenter notes a second or third placing will still go a long way to getting him close to another start.
“What he has to do to get into this year’s Cup is come here on October the 4th and win the Bart Cummings Stakes,” Carpenter said after announcing the Melbourne Cup weights at Flemington on Tuesday.
“What a fairytale story that would be if Precedence wins in the race named after Bart Cummings and that gets him into the Melbourne Cup.”
The fairytale would be a far cry from the backlash directed at Racing Victoria’s executive general manager racing when Precedence missed out on a Melbourne Cup run in 2013 when the stayer was 25th in the order of entry.
“Bart just got on with the job, he never really had advice for the handicapper,” Carpenter recalled.
“But certainly when Precedence missed out on a run two years ago a lot of Bart’s fans and faithful from around Australia wrote to me, rang me and let me know how disappointed they were that Precedence had been deprived of a start in the Cup.”
James Cummings has honoured his late grandfather’s association with the Melbourne Cup with five nominations in the 2015 race.
Bart Cummings, who trained a record 12 Melbourne Cup winners, died on August 30, aged 87.