Incentivise handed Melbourne Cup penalty
Incentivise will carry 57kg in the $8m G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) after being penalised 1.5kg for his emphatic Caulfield Cup win.
Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager of Racing, described Incentivise as "arguably the most impressive Caulfield Cup victor since Might And Power", sharing that honour with 2016 winner Jameka.
However, Carpenter resisted the temptation of allocating 2kg which is the equal highest weight penalty Carpenter has given for a Caulfield Cup winner in Melbourne Cup contention since handicapping both Cups from 2005.
“Incentivise was imperious in winning the Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup on Saturday and, along with Jameka in 2016, arguably the most impressive Cup victor since Might and Power won by 7.5 lengths and broke the track record in 1997," Carpenter said in a statement.
“Incentivise faces new challenges at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, extending to 3200 metres for the first time and tackling international contenders in defending champion Twilight Payment and world class English stayer Spanish Mission.
“That said, those who finished well behind him on Saturday were entitled to some relief in the weights come Flemington. With second placegetter Nonconformist not entered for the Lexus Melbourne Cup, his nearest Caulfield Cup rival was 5.25 lengths in arrears.
“In the context of modern Cup history, a 1.5kg penalty and Incentivise’s new weight of 57kg represents a significant challenge for the newest star of Australian racing to deliver trainer Peter Moody his first Melbourne Cup victory, but it’s one that is not insurmountable given his current form.”
Incentivise won the $5m G1 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m) by 3.5 lengths, the widest margin since Might And Power in 1997, carrying equal topweight of 55.5kg.
Might And Power, under Carpenter's predecessor Jim Bowler, received the heaviest Caulfield Cup weight penalty ahead of the Melbourne Cup, rising 3.5kg from 52.5kg to 56kg.
The 1.5kg penalty is the same afforded to Jameka after her dominant victory in the 2016 Caulfield Cup. She carried 54.5kg, with weights raised 0.5kg at final acceptances, when ultimately finishing 15th in the Melbourne Cup.
The last male horse to win the Melbourne Cup with 57kg or more was Gold And Black in 1977. Champion mare Makybe Diva won her third consecutive Melbourne Cup carrying 58kg in 2005.
MELBOURNE CUP PENALTIES TO CAULFIELD CUP WINNERS SINCE 1980
2020 – VERRY ELLEEGANT (5M) +0.5kg to 55.5kg, 7th.
2019 – MER DE GLACE (5H) +1kg to 56kg, 6th.
2018 – BEST SOLUTION (5H) No penalty to 57.5kg, 8th.
2017 – BOOM TIME (6G) +1kg to 53kg, 15th.
2016 – JAMEKA (4M) +1.5kg to 54.5kg, 15th.
2015 – MONGOLIAN KHAN (4H) +1kg to 56kg, Did not run.
2014 – ADMIRE RAKTI (7H) +0.5kg to 58.5kg, 22nd.
2013 – FAWKNER (6G) +1.5kg to 54.5kg, 6th.
2012 – DUNADEN (7H) +1kg to 59kg, 14th.
2011 – SOUTHERN SPEED (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
2010 – DESCARADO (4G) +1.5kg to 54kg, Failed to finish.
2009 – VIEWED (6H) +1kg to 58kg, 7th.
2008 – ALL THE GOOD (6H) +2kg to 55kg, Did not run.
2007 – MASTER O'REILLY (5G) +1.5kg to 53kg, 8th.
2006 – TAWQEET (5H) +2kg to 55.5kg, 19th.
2005 – RAILINGS (4G) +2kg to 54kg, 14th.
2004 – ELVSTROEM (4H) +2.5kg to 56.5kg, 4th.
2003 – MUMMIFY (4G) +2.5kg to 55kg, Did not run.
2002 – NORTHERLY (6G) +2kg to 60kg, Did not run.
2001 – ETHEREAL (4M) +2kg to 52kg, Won.
2000 – DIATRIBE (4H) +2.5kg to 55kg, 11th.
1999 – SKY HEIGHTS (4G) +1.5kg to 56.5kg, 17th.
1998 – TAUFAN'S MELODY (8G) +2.5kg to 56kg, 4th.
1997 – MIGHT AND POWER (4G) +3.5kg to 56kg, Won.
1996 – ARCTIC SCENT (4M) +3kg to 51.5kg, 12nd.
1995 – DORIEMUS (5G) +3kg to 54.5kg, Won.
1994 – PARIS LANE (4G) +3kg to 54.5kg, 2nd.
1993 – FRAAR (6H) +2kg to 56kg, 13th.
1992 – MANNERISM (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1991 – LET'S ELOPE (4M) +2.5kg to 51kg, Won.
1990 – SYDESTON (5G) +2.5kg to 58.5kg, 11th.
1989 – COLE DIESEL (5G) +1kg to 53kg, 16th.
1988 – IMPOSERA (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1987 – LORD REIMS (6G) +2.5kg to 54.5kg, Did not run.
1986 – MR LOMONDY (6G) +2kg to 56.5kg, 8th.
1985 – TRISTARC (4M) +3kg to 52.5kg, 8th.
1984 – AFFINITY (5G) +2.5kg to 55.5kg, 6th.
1983 – HAYAI (4H) +2kg to 55kg, 15th.
1982 – GURNER'S LANE (4G) +3kg to 56kg, Won.
1981 – SILVER BOUNTY (4H) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1980 – MING DYNASTY (7G) No penalty to 58kg, 17th.
* Jameka had 0.5kg penalty and weights were raised 0.5kg in Caulfield Cup.
** Master O'Reilly won Caulfield Cup with 50kg, 3kg penalty - 1.5kg for Herbert Power and 1.5kg for Caulfield Cup.
*** Cole Diesel won Caulfield Cup with 50kg, 3.5kg penalty - 2.5kg for Toorak Handicap and 1kg for Caulfield Cup (Cole Diesel had 49.5kg in Melbourne Cup).
I think Greg Carpenter's penalty of 1.5kgs was a little harsh. I think 1kg would have been enough given he had already been given 2kgs after his Makybe Diva win. The 3.5kgs is the equivalent penalty to that of Might And Power & means Incentivise will carry 57kgs compared to Might And Power's 56kgs.
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