2015 Melbourne Cup Winner Prince of Penzance Preps to Defend

When Prince of Penzance and Michelle Payne rocked the Australian thoroughbred racing community with a 100 – 1 victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, trainer Darren Weir was among those surprised, albeit perhaps not as much as some of the others.

Now, with the 2016 Melbourne Cup under four months distant, Weir is getting Prince of Penzance ready to defend the Cup, with his return to racing slotted for September.

The horse ran second to stablemate Tonopah in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes at Morphettville in May. He ran in Mortlake on Monday and his effort seemed to satisfy Weir.

First up in spring will be the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington September 10.

Futures betting markets for the 2016 Melbourne Cup quote Prince of Penzance at $34.00 and he will undoubtedly shorten as the race draws closer, unless he does a complete nosedive in his races prior. At 1600 m, the Makybe Diva Stakes might not be his preferred distance, but it will be a good opportunity to determine if he has the ability to compete against a quality field or if he turns out to be a one-and-done sort of racer.

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