Racing Victoria Taking Measures to Preserve Staying Races
History indicates that a Melbourne – Caulfield Cups double is a rare occurrence and recent news out of Racing Victoria would seem to explain why the same horse winning both Cups in the same year has been seldom seen.
The issue was that winning the Caulfield Cup subjected the winner to “rehandicapping,” and whenever it is necessary to enclose a word in quotes, it usually is not a good thing.
Racing Victoria examined the past 40 Caulfield Cup winners and found what has been described as an “alarming trend of uncompetitiveness,” in the Melbourne Cup.
Simply translated, and translation is required, because spell check has no suggestions for “uncompetitiveness,” nor did any actual dictionaries (books that contain definitions and variations of words) that we consulted.
For that matter, “rehandicapping” also presented some language issues.
We have been known to create-ify some of our own words, however, so we can appreciated the“creativityness.”
At any rate, what was happening is that horses that won the Caulfield Cup were given extra weight for the Melbourne Cup.
Racing Victoria has now changed the policy such that any horse allocated 56 kg or more for this year’s Melbourne Cup will not receive additional weight for winning the Caulfield Cup. A winner of the Caulfield Cup with a weight less than 56 kg for the Melbourne Cup will not rise above 56 kg.
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter summed it up succinctly for The Herald Sun. “There has been much debate around the impact the prospect of a weight penalty in the Melbourne Cup has had in dissuading connections from competing in the Caulfield Cup, and our analysis shows that there is indeed evidence to support this. History shows that in the past 40 years, no horse has been able to complete the Cups double carrying more than 56kg in the Melbourne Cup.“Gurner’s Lane (1982) and Might and Power (1997) both carried 56kg to victory and won narrowly, with the second-placed horses carrying more in the weights.”
The last Cups double winner was Ethereal in 2001. She had only 52 kg with which to deal.