GODOLPHIN star Most effective Option has escaped a re-handicap for his Caulfield Cup gain but will continue to want to established a excess weight-carrying report for a international raider to gain the Melbourne Cup.
Most effective Option will continue to be on his authentic excess weight of 57.5kg in the Flemington basic as he tries to turn out to be the 12th horse to gain the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double in the very same 12 months.
But considering that the northern hemisphere-experienced stayers started focusing on the Melbourne Cup 25 several years back, none have received with a lot more than the 56½kg Germany’s Protectionist shouldered in 2014.
In reality, considering that Assume Large received his next Melbourne Cup in 1975 beneath 58½kg, no winner of the Flemington two-miler has carried a lot more than 57kg, with the exception of the excellent Makybe Diva when she done her historic Cup 3-peat with 58kg in 2005.
In achieving his selection, Racing Victoria’s main handicapper Greg Carpenter reported more than the past 40 several years, 63 horses have contested the Melbourne Cup carrying 57kg or a lot more, with only Makybe Diva (58kg) capable to gain.
“Given the depth of excellent in this year’s race and the reality that every single extra .5kg of excess weight signifies close to one particular duration more than 3200m, I have elected not to boost Most effective Solution’s allotted excess weight of 57.5kg,” he reported.
“Of the past 10 Caulfield Cup winners to contest the Melbourne Cup 17 times afterwards, only 3 have been capable to end in the major 10, with Fawkner in 2013 making the finest consequence when sixth to Fiorente.
“Best Option arrived to Australia with a strongly set up effectiveness profile getting received his past 3 operates in some of Europe’s leading 2400m Team races.
“He was all out in the end on Saturday keeping off Homesman and he now faces an great obstacle in the Melbourne Cup, heading to a monitor and length he has not encountered just before in one particular of the strongest renewals of the Melbourne Cup in its 158-12 months historical past.”
Most effective Option firming into $nine next Melbourne Cup favouritism powering Yucatan ($seven) soon after his difficult gain on Saturday.
The Melbourne Cup now seems at the mercy of the internationals this spring with 10 of the major 12 in betting experienced in the northern hemisphere.
It is predicted a lot more than 50 percent the Cup industry will be produced up of abroad stayers.
This prompts renewed discussion about no matter whether there is far too quite a few internationals in the Melbourne Cup.
An operator, who most popular anonymity, reported the Melbourne spring carnival has turn out to be a “benefit for abroad horses and a genuine slap in the face” for all homeowners who assist Australian racing 7 days in, 7 days out.
He argued there will be significantly less incentive to breed remaining horses in this region when there is an escalating selection of abroad-experienced stayers in Melbourne every single spring.
The late, excellent Bart Cummings usually identified as for a cap on global runners in the Melbourne Cup even though couple supported his check out at the time.
But when it arrived to talking about racing troubles, the “Cups King” was invariably proper.