Gatewood: could miss the Melbourne Cup despite Geelong victoryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Gatewood not certain to make Melbourne cut
Australia: The John Gosden-trained Gatewood is still not certain of getting a run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup after receiving just a 1kg (2.2lb) penalty for Wednesday's victory at Geelong.
With his new weight of 52.5kg (8st4lb), the four-year-old now stands in 36th place in the order of entry - and the maximum field is only 24 for the November 6 contest.
Gatewood won the Geelong Cup by three-quarters of a length to give rise to hopes that he might emulate the last two winners of that Group 3 contest, Americain and Dunaden, by following up in the Flemington two-miler, for which he is generally a 10-1 shot with British bookmakers.
Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said he took several factors into account when determining Gatewood's penalty.
"Giving account to the merit of the performance, the quality of the race, the manner in which it was contested and also the relevant weights of yesterday's opposition, I have penalised Gatewood 1kg to 52.5kg in the Emirates Melbourne Cup for his win in the Centrebet Geelong Cup," Carpenter said.
Carpenter also stressed the Geelong Cup did not offer a ballot exemption for the Melbourne Cup and said it was not his job to ensure the winner of the Geelong feature lined up at Flemington.