Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose avoids Melbourne Cup penalty

Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose has moved up the Melbourne Cup order of entry despite avoiding a weight penalty.

The Symon Wilde-trained stayer will carry 51kg in the $8m Melbourne Cup on November 2 after Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter’s elected not to penalise the mare.

Prizemoney banked winning the Geelong Cup and attrition — withdrawal of Montefilia, Dawn Patrol and King Of Leogrance the past 24 hours — has secured Tralee Rose, 20th in the order of entry, a Cup start.

Carpenter’s decision is based on Tralee Rose digging deep last Wednesday to defeat Dr Drill — not nominated for the Cup — and the recent record of mares at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.

Since Makybe Diva completed the Cup treble — 2005 — no mare has placed in the past 15 editions.

Geelong Cup placegetter Hasta La War, currently 39th in the order of entry, will need to win the Group 3 Hotham Handicap on Derby Day to gain a start in the Cup.

Fourth acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken at 10am on Monday.

Tralee Rose is in a clump of horses on the third line of betting — $15 — in TAB’s all-in market.

In-form jockey and natural lightweight Dean Holland will partner Tralee Rose in the Cup.

Originally published as Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose avoids Melbourne Cup penalty

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