08/24/2016 1:24PM

Prince of Penzance returns in Memsie Stakes


Prince of Penzance, the upset winner of the Melbourne Cup last November at 100-1, will start as a longshot in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse in Australia, the first start of a spring campaign geared toward the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 1.

Prince of Penzance will be ridden for the first time by Harry Coffey, a replacement for Michelle Payne. Last year, Payne made history as the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup. She was injured in a spill in May and has yet to return to riding.

Prince of Penzance is part of a field of 14 in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, run at seven furlongs. Prince of Penzance has started once since the Melbourne Cup, finishing second in the Group 3 Lee Stakes in May. He was listed as a 30-1 shot in future-book betting on Wednesday.

The Memsie Stakes drew a field of 14 and is led by Black Heart Bart, a 6-year-old gelding who won the Group 1 Goodwood Stakes for sprinters at Morphettville in May. Prince of Penzance and Black Heart Bart are trained by Darren Weir, who also starts Mahuta and Palentino.

Mahuta won six consecutive races from October to February but is winless in his last three starts. Palentino was a Group 1 winner at a mile in March and finished fourth in a listed stakes at six furlongs on Aug. 13 at Caulfield.

Post time for the Memsie Stakes is 11:10 p.m. Pacific on Friday.

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