YUCATAN CLINCHES Melbourne Cup Berth

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The Aidan O’Brien-trained Yucatan has been given a 2.5kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup after his dominant win in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield.

The penalty moves Yucatan to 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup weights and 24th in the ballot for the rich 3200m-handicap at Flemington on November 6 which has a field limit of 24.

The Herbert Power win also earned Yucatan a ballot exemption into Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) in which he carries his original weight of 52kg because he could not be penalised.

Michael Walker has been booked for the Caulfield Cup ride.

Yucatan is the $4.60 for next Saturday’s Caulfield Cup (2400m) and $9.00 favourite for the Melbourne Cup.

“It was quite extra-ordinary,” part-owner Nick Williams said after Saturday’s win. “I’d be saying to you he’s the Melbourne Cup winner in waiting.”

Williams, son of prominent owner Lloyd Williams, said Yucatan now sat right up there with the best of their Cup hopes.

O’Brien’s travelling foreman TJ Comerford said it was an impressive win and hadn’t appeared to take anything out of the horse.

 

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