Penalty lifts Glencadam Gold into cup
Racing Victoria handicapper Neil Jennings says Glencadam Gold's penalty is in line with those given to the previous three winners of the Metropolitan. Photo: Darren Pateman
CAULFIELD Cup favourite Glencadam Gold continued his amazing rise from obscurity yesterday when he sealed a spot in Saturday week's $2.5 million race after being re-handicapped two kilograms for Saturday's victory in the group 1 Metropolitan.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained imported horse was all but unheard of when weights came out for the Caulfield Cup on September 5 and was allocated the limit weight of 50 kilograms. But subsequent wins in the Newcastle Cup, where he earned a 1.5-kilogram penalty, and the Metropolitan have forced him up the elimination order to equal 21st with 53.5 kilograms.
He is expected to safely land in the top 18 - the field limit for the Caulfield Cup on October 20 - when third declarations for the race close at noon today.
The two-kilogram penalty for Glencadam Gold, who has won all four races in Australia, also applies in the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup over 3200 metres. He looks certain of a start in the final 24 at Flemington as he now sits 27th in the order for first declarations, also due at noon today.
Racing Victoria handicapper Neil Jennings said Glencadam Gold's penalty was in line with those given to the previous three winners of the Metropolitan. ''Speed Gifted in 2009, Herculian Prince in 2010 and The Verminator last year all received two kilograms and Glencadam Gold was most impressive on Saturday,'' Jennings said.
The last horse to take the Metropolitan-Caulfield Cup double was also an import - Tawqeet in 2006 - and he too rose to 53.5 kilograms for the Caulfield Cup.
The news was not so good for the Lloyd Williams camp with Tanby, winner of the Bart Cummings on Saturday, receiving a 0.5 kilogram penalty to 52.5 kilograms for the Caulfield Cup, leaving him in dangerous territory at equal 34th on the elimination order.
Last year, Tanby only narrowly missed out on a Melbourne Cup start and it may be a similar case this year as he is 45th in order.
''Taking a line through Maluckyday, who was beaten a length into second place in the Bart Cummings, Tanby met him with a 3.5-kilogram advantage at the weights but as there was only 1.5 kilograms between them in the cups, we really couldn't elevate his weight any more,'' Jennings said. ''Effectively, he now meets Maluckyday 2.5 kilograms worse in the Caulfield Cup for beating him home a length.''
Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al received a 1.5-kilogram penalty in the Melbourne Cup but is most unlikely to start.
Jennings said yesterday that Waterhouse's champion mare More Joyous will need to emulate the feat of the former champion Tobin Bronze in 1967 if she is to win her second group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.
More Joyous will carry topweight of 60 kilograms in the 1600-metre race, which is equivalent to the 62 kilograms Tobin Bronze carried to victory 45 years ago as mares receive a two-kilogram allowance from the males.
Jennings said that while More Joyous has won numerous group 1 races since her last Toorak Handicap win in 2010, the 60-kilogram handicap means she is eight kilograms from the limit, whereas two years ago the 58 kilograms she carried put her just five kilograms above the limit that day.
Sydney mare Secret Admirer will make her 2400-metre debut in the Caulfield Cup as trainer Grahame Begg decided she needs more distance following a strong-finishing fifth in the 1600-metre Epsom.
Begg said he changed tack with the horse after she was beaten for early speed. ''To me she is racing as if she needs a lot more ground,'' he said.
Secret Admirer has run at 2000 metres twice. Last year, she finished a 1½ length fifth from winner Pinker Pinker in the Cox Plate, for which third declarations are due today, and last autumn ran third in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick behind More Joyous and Manighar.
Leading Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has been called up to help reignite the spring campaign for Lloyd Williams' import Midas Touch. Bowman, who partnered stablemate Mourayan to a win in Saturday's Craven Plate, will ride Midas Touch in the Caulfield Stakes.