Premiership winning trainer Darren Weir will push ahead towards the Melbourne Cup with Prince Of Penzance after the five year old received a 2kgs penalty following his win in the Group 2 $250,000 Racing.com Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
Weir said that he would pay up at second acceptance time today for the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday, but knows that Prince Of Penzance is still a long way off making the final field.
“Yes we’ll press-on to the Cup, pay-up for him this morning and if he gets a run well and good, if he doesn’t, we’ll go to the Queen Elizabeth on the last day,” Weir told Racing Network.
“There is also a $100,000 bonus for the Queen Elizabeth winner if he or she was nominated and paid-up for the Melbourne Cup.”
Racing Victoria sent the message out via Twitter that Prince Penzance is now re-handicapped on 52.5kgs after the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2kgs penalty but will still be out of the top twenty-four when the updated order of entry is released later in the morning.
“JUST IN: Prince of Penzance has been penalised 2kg in Melbourne Cup for @MVRC Cup win. Rises to 52.5kg. Order TBC after second acceptances,” Racing Victoria tweeted.
Prince Of Penzance produced a top staying performance in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup coming from last just before the home turn to score a one and a quarter lengths win with Michelle Payne in the saddle.
But Payne is unlikely to be aboard the Pentire gelding in the Melbourne Cup or the Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on November 8 after being suspended for twenty meetings for causing interference on the home turn when Chad Schofield was dislodged from Albonetti.
Payne is hoping for a reprieve and said she would appeal the suspension which commenced at midnight on Saturday and will conclude at midnight on November 12.
Being by staying sire Pentire and the way that Prince Of Penzance finished off the 2500m of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, he will have no trouble handing the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup.
In latest Melbourne Cup market order with Ladbrokes.com.au, Prince Of Penzance is well down in the betting at $81.
Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti remains at the top of the betting at $4.80 ahead of the German visitor Protectionist at $6.50, Lucia Valentina at $7.50 and Fawkner at $9.