Precedence receives 1kg Melbourne Cup penalty

The Bart and James Cummings-trained Precedence has been penalised 1kg in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) for winning the Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, made the announcement today that Precedence’s weight had been lifted from 52kg to 53kg for the $6.2 million feature at Flemington on 5 November.

“The penalty takes Precedence back to the same weight he carried when running ninth to Green Moon in last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter explained.

“Since then he has won the Group 3 Premiers Cup during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and was simply too good for his rivals in the Group 2 Drake International Cup at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

“The penalty is the same given to Vatuvei for winning the 2012 renewal at Moonee Valley and does not guarantee the horse a start in the race.”

With second acceptances for the Melbourne Cup taken at 10am today, Precedence has made progression in the Order of Entry courtesy of the penalty and withdrawals.

“Precedence was 45th in the Order of Entry prior to Saturday’s victory. As a result of the withdrawals at the second acceptance stage and the 1kg penalty issued today, the horse has moved to 29th in the Order of Entry.

“With the top 24 at final acceptance time allotted a start, Precedence must win the Mackinnon or Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Saturday or rely on attrition to get into the final field.”

Precedence, the stable’s only entry in this year’s Melbourne Cup, has contested the past three editions placing eighth (2010, 53.5kg), 11th (2011, 53.5kg) and ninth (2012, 53kg).

Bart Cummings, 85, has trained the winner of the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, the latest being Viewed in 2008. He embarked a training partnership with his grandson James, 25, at the commencement of this season on 1 August 2013.