Cup penalty for Night’s Watch
CAULFIELD Cup second favourite Night's Watch has received a 1kg penalty for next month's race as well as the Melbourne Cup after his victory in Saturday's Naturalism Stakes.
The Darren Weir-trained stayer is $8 with Ladbrokes for the Caulfield Cup, behind stablemate Kings Will Dream ($4.50), after two wins from four starts this campaign.
Night's Watch will carry 52kg in the 2400m race, for which the five-year-old is exempt from the ballot.
"Night's Watch was a narrow but impressive winner of the Naturalism Stakes in a very strong renewal of the race and the merit of his victory warranted a penalty of 1kg," Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said.
Jameka was the most recent horse to claim the Naturalism Stakes-Caulfield Cup double in 2016.
Night's Watch pulled up lame after his Naturalism win but Terry Henderson, director of OTI which part-owns the five-year-old gelding, said he had recovered on Sunday morning.
RV handicapper Greg Carpenter has penalised Night's Watch 1kg for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and he now has 52kg in both races.
"He's got a little quirky habit when he stretches out to have a pee," Henderson said.
"What that does is, it overstretches a muscle in his back and that was his issue after the race on Saturday and as a result of that he did walk out lame from the (swabbing) box.
"They took him back to Warrnambool and he trotted up perfectly fine on Sunday morning.
"He does have some chiropractic work every couple of weeks and he'll have that as he goes towards the Caulfield Stakes."
Henderson said a decision on whether Night's Watch runs in the Caulfield Cup on October 20 or the Cox Plate the following week would be made after he contests the Caulfield Stakes on October 13.
"The Caulfield Stakes is on the agenda and Weiry will make a decision after the Caulfield Stakes," Henderson said.
Since his win on Saturday, Night's Watch has shortened with the Ladbrokes to $41 for the Melbourne Cup.