Caravan Rolls On receives 1.5kg penalty

The Danny O’Brien-trained Caravan Rolls On has received a 1.5kg Melbourne Cup penalty for his impressive victory in Wednesday’s Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m).

The penalty, handed down on Thursday morning by Racing Victoria’s General Manager of Racing, Greg Carpenter, lifts Caravan Rolls On’s Melbourne Cup weight to 52.5kgs and importantly moves the imported stayer up to 36th in order of entry for the $6.2 million feature, to be run over 3200m, on the first Tuesday in November.

“Caravan Rolls On was an impressive winner of the Geelong Cup and has a terrific record at 2400m and beyond with a Listed win in the Sandown Cup (3200m) and yesterday’s Group win,” Carpenter said.

“He has been penalised 1.5kg to 52.5kg for the win, however he remains 7kg below the benchmark and thus will need to secure a ballot exemption via the Lexus Stakes, or rely upon a heavy attrition rate among final acceptances to secure a Melbourne Cup start.”

“The quantum of penalty given to Caravan Rolls On, who was handicapped off a low weight in the Melbourne Cup, is commensurate with those given to Gris Caro (1.5kg) and Big Memory (2kg) earlier this Spring Racing Carnival.”

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