George ordered out of Melbourne
Order Of St George is unlikely to take his chance in the Emirates Melbourne Cup after being allocated joint-top-weight in the Caulfield Cup alongside Highland Reel.
Order of St George could miss the Melbourne Cup
The Ascot Gold Cup winner, who is unbeaten in his last six starts, is jointly owned by Lloyd Williams who has tasted Cup success at Flemington on four occasions.
Historically, the weights for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup vary very little and Williams was not impressed when the handicap for the former contest was published on Wednesday with his four-year-old at the top of the list.
"I don't think Gold Cup and Irish St Leger form is worth 58 kilograms," Williams told www.racing.com.
"History says to me – and I have been around the Melbourne Cup for 50 years – that most horses struggle with that weight. Some can run a place but very rarely do they win.
"The only horse in the last 30 years to win with a weight like that (58kg) was Makybe Diva and she was capable of winning three in a row and was a champion."
Highland Reel has been racing around the world since his third in last year's Cox Plate and there were fears that he would be handicapped out of the 12 furlong contest.
However, with 58 kilograms he faces the same task successfully completed in recent years by international raiders Dunaden and Admire Rakti.
Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager of Racing, noted that Caulfield Cup top-weights have run well in the past few years.
"In recent years we have seen the better-performed horses come to the fore in the BMW Caulfield Cup, with two of the past four renewals won by a horse carrying the top weight of 58kg in the international entrants Dunaden and Admire Rakti," Carpenter said.
"Prince Of Penzance will hope to emulate Dunaden and Viewed (2009), who won the Caulfield Cup the year after winning the Melbourne Cup. They carried 58kg and 57kg respectively when winning their Caulfield Cups."
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