Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, going for an incredible 11th win in today's Melbourne Cup, says a mandatory five-pound penalty is giving him second thoughts about running Cox Plate heroine Dane Ripper in next month's $6.5 million International Cup. Cummings, who starts Alfa and Grandmaster in the great Flemington race, admitted he was caught on the hop by the penalty for Group One winners. 'I read the prospectus and so did Bill Charles but we missed it the first time we read it. I did not expect a penalty and I don't like her carrying big weights,' said Cummings. But the training genius stopped short of saying that plans were being shelved to bring the mighty mare to Sha Tin on December 14. 'No, she is still in the race and I guess she will be invited. There is no particular, immediate alternative and she is in good shape,' he said. Dane Ripper finished fifth in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday having looked ready to run on and win. Charles, who is Cummings' right-hand man and former racing manager in Macau, said: 'She was there to win but there was a shocking track bias and Beadman had her in the wrong patch of ground. In my book it was that simple - she could have won it.' The Jockey Club introduced the five-pound penalty for Group One winners last season and director of racing, Philip Johnston, said yesterday that it was working well.