Irish stayer Tiger Moth is in the Melbourne Cup field after a weight penalty

A 2.5kg weight penalty for a Group 3 win in Ireland has cemented Tiger Moth’s place in the 2020 Melbourne Cup field.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Tiger Moth won the Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown at only his fourth start.

The win impressed Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter. Carpenter issued Tiger Moth with a 2.5kg penalty for his success, taking his Melbourne Cup weight to 52.5kg.

Tiger Moth moved up to 12th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, well inside the 24-horse limit for the Melbourne Cup.

The stayer moved to $17 in the latest Melbourne Cup betting.

However, Carpenter declined to issue a penalty for Melbourne Cup topweight Anthony Van Dyck despite the 2019 Epsom Derby winner beating star stayer Stradivarius in a Group 2 race in France on Sunday.

“We have elected not to penalise the Prix de Foy winner Anthony Van Dyck for the Melbourne Cup where he already has 58.5kg and is the topweight in the race,” Carpenter said.

“Anthony Van Dyck already faces a significant challenge with 58.5kg in the Melbourne Cup with Think Big in 1975 the last horse to carry more than 58kg to victory.”

Originally published asTiger Moth whacked with Cup penalty

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