Racing Victoria (RV) General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, has today issued a 1kg Emirates Melbourne Cup weight penalty to Vatuvei for its victory in the Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The Peter Moody-trained Vatuvei rises from 50kg to 51kg and moves to 34th in the order of entry following second acceptances and the withdrawal of three high-ranked entries.
In issuing the penalty Carpenter said it was an impressive staying performance by last season’s VRC St Leger winner who has shown a real liking once he gets up in distance.
“It was a strong staying performance by Vatuvei who carried 2kg less than the runner-up Rueben Percival in winning the Drake International Cup and I have today penalised him 1kg to 51kg in the Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter said.
“At his previous start he finished eighth on the limit weight in the Cranbourne Cup, but he again showed his liking for an extended trip and looks a progressive stayer of the future. In April he won the VRC St Leger beating Practiced who has since won at Caulfield.”
Should Vatuvei fail to secure a start in the Melbourne Cup he would likely contest the Group 3 $250,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington where horses balloted from the Cup are eligible for a $100,000 bonus if successful.