Racing Victoriaâ€™s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has penalised Red LordÂ a half kilogram for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups after his win in Saturdayâ€™s Group III Naturalism Stakes (2000m).
Red Lord became exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot after his Naturalism win, the penalty taking the Anthony Cummings-trained galloperâ€™s weight in both Cups to 51.5kg.
â€œThe Naturalism was a breakthrough win for Red Lord, his first at Group level,â€ Carpenter said.
â€œWith the penalty he now meets the runner-up Light Vision on half a kilo worse terms in the Caulfield Cup and most of his other rivals from Saturdayâ€™s race on similar terms.â€
Red Lord isn’t qualified for the Melbourne Cup, needing to finish in the first eight in the Caulfield Cup to cement his spot in Australiaâ€™s great race.
No horse has ever completed the Naturalism Stakes / Caulfield Cup double with Douro Valley coming closest in 2007 with 51kg after incurring the same penalty as Red Lord for his Naturalism Stakes win.