Yucatan gets 2.5kg Melbourne Cup penalty

Yucatan gets 2.5kg Melbourne Cup penalty

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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 Two 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.

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