Midterm Gets 1.5kg Sydney Cup Penalty

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equal second favourite has been penalised 1.5kg for the Group One staying handicap at after his win in the at .

The Liam Howley-trained Midterm won Saturday's Group Three Manion Cup (2400m) by two lengths on a heavy track and after the win firmed from $15 to $8 for the Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 13.

announced on Monday the import had incurred a 1.5kg penalty for the win, taking his Sydney Cup handicap to 51.5kg.

The penalty has moved the gelding to equal 19th in the Cup ballot.

The Charlie Appleby-trained international visitor Dubhe is the current $5 favourite for the Sydney Cup and is also weighted on 51.5kg.

Midterm shares the second line of betting with the -trained Shraaoh who was third in the Manion Cup.

Dubhe arrived in Australia on Saturday and is now being housed at the racecourse quarantine centre in preparation for his Sydney Cup tilt.

Appleby won this season's with and was also successful in the 2017 Sydney Cup with Polarisation.

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