The Melbourne Cup field continues to take greater shape as Tralee Rose avoids a weight penalty for her Geelong Cup win.
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter elected not to penalise the Symon Wilde-trained mare, who moved to 20th in the Cup order of entry thanks to her $240,000 collect in the Geelong Cup, as well as the withdrawal of Montefilia, Dawn Patrol and King Of Leogrance from the Melbourne Cup race.
Dean Holland pilots Tralee Rose to victory in the Geelong Cup.Credit:Getty Images
“In electing not to penalise the five-year-old New Zealand-bred mare, Carpenter noted hers was a hard-fought victory over an outsider who is not nominated for the Melbourne Cup in Dr Drill,” Racing Victoria said in a statement.
“He further added that no mare has placed in a Melbourne Cup in the 15 editions since Makybe Diva won the race in 2005.”
Hasta La Vista, who ran third in the Geelong Cup, moved to 39th in the order of entry but will need to win the exempt Hotham Stakes on the first day of Cup week to gain a ticket into the Melbourne Cup.
Johnny Get Angry remains in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, but is expected to come out following his disappointing run at Geelong.
Trainer Denis Pagan told The Age he wouldn’t be pressing onto the 3200-metre classic with his Derby winner.
Saturday’s Moonee Valley Gold Cup will also offer those on the fringe of the Melbourne Cup the chance to move up the order of entry.
Favourite Floating Artist, the $3.30 favourite with Sportsbetfor the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, has not yet passed the Melbourne Cup ballot and needs to win, while second-favourite Pondus sits 25th in the order of entry and would be guaranteed a Cup start if he finished first or second.
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