Posted: 20 October, 2016
by Racing Newsroom
Geelong Cup Winner Qewy Suffers Handicap Blow For The Melbourne Cup
Racing Victoria announce re-handicap penalty
After yesterday's highly impressive win in the Geelong Cup, Qewy has been handed a 0.5kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup.
Racing Victoria have just released the following statement.
RACING VICTORIA STATEMENT:
Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, has today announced that Qewy has been re-handicapped to 50.5kg in the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on 1 November.
The Charlie Appleby-prepared stayer has been penalised 0.5kg for his hard-fought victory in yesterday’s Group 3 William Hill Geelong Cup (2400m), taking him to 31st in the Emirates Melbourne Cup Order of Entry.
“Qewy was a narrow winner of the Geelong Cup over fellow import Grey Lion in what was a truly run race,” Carpenter said.
“Qewy carried 1kg less than Grey Lion at Geelong, and is now handicapped to carry 0.5kg less than that horse in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.”
A 0.5kg penalty is the same penalty that was handed to Dunaden (2011) and Americain (2010) before they went on to win their respective editions of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Qewy will aim to become the fourth Internationally-prepared horse to complete the Geelong Cup-Melbourne Cup double next month, with Media Puzzle (2002) the other internationally-prepared Cup winner.
On a Jeune (2005) and Bauer (2008) finished second in the Melbourne Cup after winning the Geelong Cup at their previous start.
RV also advises that Qewy’s stablemate Oceanographer, a fast-finishing third in the Geelong Cup, has now passed the Emirates Melbourne Cup first ballot clause, and has moved to equal 38th in the Order of Entry with Darren Weir’s former import Manndawi.
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