Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner has been given a 1.5 kilogram weight penalty for the Melbourne Cup.
The Lloyd Williams owned gelding will now carry 54.5kgs in Australia’s richest race.
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter says the penalty reflected the impressive nature of Fawkner’s win, and he expects the gelding to run well at his first attempt at two miles.
“Fawkner was strong on the line in the Caulfield Cup at his first run beyond 2040 metres. I see no reason why he wouldn’t be very competitive in the Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter said.
“I see no reason why Fawkner wouldn’t be very competitive in a Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg, which is 0.5kg less weight than he carried to victory on Saturday, after weights were raised 1.5kg for that race at final acceptance time.”
2010 Caulfield Cup winner Descarado received the same weight penalty, as did Master O’Reilly (2007) and Sky Heights (1999).
Carpenter is confident Fawkner will line up in the 3200m staying test.
“I think if he pulls up well following Saturday’s effort, that they will run him,” said Carpenter.
“They’ve still got two weeks and a day to go and things can go awry during that period, but having won the Caulfield Cup with this horse, I think if he’s healthy, fit, I think they’ll run him.”
The son of Reset will be aiming to become the 12th horse to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double.
The last horse to win both cups in the same year was the Sheila Laxon trained mare Ethereal in 2001.