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The weights for the Melbourne Cup are one of the most important factors for connections who are deciding whether to take their horse to the Melbourne Cup. If a horse is destined to carry too much weight often connections will look for more realistic targets.

2020 Melbourne Cup Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 1 58.5kg
2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings 2 57kg
3 SOVEREIGN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 3 57kg
4 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien 4 57kg
5 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 5 56kg
6 TELECASTER (GB) Hughie Morrison 6 56kg
7 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams 7 55.5kg
8 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 55.5kg
9 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 9 55.5kg
10 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 10 55kg
11 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 55kg
12 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees 12 55kg
13 STRATUM (GB) William Mullins 13 55kg
14 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller 14 55kg
15 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding 15 54.5kg
16 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller 16 54.5kg
17 NANCHO (GER) Anthony Cummings 17 54.5kg
18 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes 18 54.5kg
19 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker 19 54.5kg
20 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander 20 54.5kg
21 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 21 54kg
22 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes 22 54kg
23 PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) Joseph O’Brien 23 54kg
24 RED VERDON (USA) Ed Dunlop 24 54kg
25 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 25 53.5kg
26 DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees 26 53.5kg
27 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis 27 53.5kg
28 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28 53.5kg
29 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees 29 53.5kg
30 NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) Peter G Moody 30 53.5kg
31 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees 31 53.5kg
32 EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) David O’Meara 32 53.5kg
33 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien 33 53.5kg
34 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 34 53.5kg
35 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien 35 53.5kg
36 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Fabrice Chappet 36 53.5kg
37 SANTIAGO (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 37 53.5kg
38 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 38 53.5kg
39 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 53kg
40 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams 40 53kg
41 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler 41 53kg
42 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody 42 53kg
43 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman 43 53kg
44 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 44 52.5kg
45 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg
46 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 46 52.5kg
47 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Hughie Morrison 47 52.5kg
48 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Jean-Claude Rouget 48 52.5kg
49 SKYWARD (FR) Fabrice Chappet 49 52.5kg
50 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman 50 52.5kg
51 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51 52kg
52 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller 52 52kg
53 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden 53 52kg
54 COLETTE James Cummings 54 52kg
55 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander 55 52kg
56 MISS SISKA Matthew Smith 56 52kg
57 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller 57 52kg
58 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney 58 52kg
59 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins 59 52kg
60 WEEKENDER (GB) Mark Newnham 60 52kg
61 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 61 52kg
62 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 62 51.5kg
63 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan 63 51.5kg
64 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller 64 51.5kg
65 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 65 51.5kg
66 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake 66 51.5kg
67 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney 67 51kg
68 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 51kg
69 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees 69 51kg
70 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott 70 51kg
71 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander 71 51kg
72 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams 72 51kg
73 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73 51kg
74 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien 74 51kg
75 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg 75 51kg
76 PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien 76 51kg
77 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 77 51kg
78 SUPER TITUS (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 78 51kg
79 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller 79 51kg
80 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80 51kg
81 CHAPADA Michael Moroney 81 50.5kg
82 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani 82 50.5kg
83 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 83 50.5kg
84 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84 50.5kg
85 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller 85 50.5kg
86 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman 86 50.5kg
87 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott 87 50.5kg
88 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith 88 50.5kg
89 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) Symon Wilde 89 50.5kg
90 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker 90 50kg
91 ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) Paul Preusker 91 50kg
92 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees 92 50kg
93 ALMANIA (IRE) Kris Lees 93 50kg
94 AMERICAN WHISKEY (USA) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94 50kg
95 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees 95 50kg
96 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith 96 50kg
97 BARADE (FR) Archie Alexander 97 50kg
98 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98 50kg
99 BENITOITE Clinton McDonald 99 50kg
100 BOLLEVILLE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 100 50kg
101 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101 50kg
102 COLLIDE (GB) Kris Lees 102 50kg
103 CORMORANT (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 103 50kg
104 CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) Gary & John Moore 104 50kg
105 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105 50kg
106 DAWN PATROL (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 106 50kg
107 DEGRAVES (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 107 50kg
108 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman 108 50kg
109 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller 109 50kg
110 DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh 110 50kg
111 ENGLISH KING (FR) Ed Walker 111 50kg
112 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 112 50kg
113 EXEMPLAR (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 113 50kg
114 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114 50kg
115 FLASH AAH Mitchell Fry 115 50kg
116 FRANKELY AWESOME Kris Lees 116 50kg
117 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker 117 50kg
118 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani 118 50kg
119 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy 119 50kg
120 GLORY DAYS (NZ) Bill Thurlow 120 50kg
121 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes 121 50kg
122 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 122 50kg
123 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 123 50kg
124 IMPACTFUL Chris Waller 124 50kg
125 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody 125 50kg
126 INVOLVED (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 126 50kg
127 JACK REGAN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 127 50kg
128 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 128 50kg
129 KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller 129 50kg
130 KORCHO (GB) Kris Lees 130 50kg
131 LATIN BEAT (IRE) Saab Hasan 131 50kg
132 LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 132 50kg
133 MASAFF (IRE) Chris Waller 133 50kg
134 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi 134 50kg
135 MILESTONE (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 135 50kg
136 MIRIMAR (IRE) Michael Moroney 136 50kg
137 MIYAKE Chris Waller 137 50kg
138 MYTHICAL (FR) Aidan O’Brien 138 50kg
139 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman 139 50kg
140 NIMALEE Matthew Smith 140 50kg
141 NOBEL PRIZE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 141 50kg
142 NORTHWEST PASSAGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 142 50kg
143 ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 143 50kg
144 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Danny O’Brien 144 50kg
145 OUT OF THE PARK (NZ) Henry Dwyer 145 50kg
146 PELONOMENA Michael Kent 146 50kg
147 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 147 50kg
148 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman 148 50kg
149 RIDER IN THE SNOW (FR) Kris Lees 149 50kg
150 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea 150 50kg
151 ROYAL CROWN Michael Kent 151 50kg
152 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) Danny O’Brien 152 50kg
153 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 153 50kg
154 SAVVY LAD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 154 50kg
155 SELINO (GB) James Fanshawe 155 50kg
156 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker 156 50kg
157 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 157 50kg
158 SIN TO WIN (NZ) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 158 50kg
159 SKELM Terry Kelly 159 50kg
160 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) John O’Shea 160 50kg
161 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 161 50kg
162 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius 162 50kg
163 TAVIRUN (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 163 50kg
164 THE KING (IRE) Lindsey Smith 164 50kg
165 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker 165 50kg
166 TIGER MOTH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 166 50kg
167 TINANDALI (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 167 50kg
168 TORRENS Ethan Ensby 168 50kg
169 VOYAGE DE LUNE Saab Hasan 169 50kg
170 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 170 50kg
171 WYCLIF (GB) Danny O’Brien 171 50kg
172 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller 172 50kg
173 ZACADA (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 173 50kg
174 ZAMOSA (NZ) Mitchell Fry 174 50kg
175 ALCYONE James Cummings 175 49kg

How are Melbourne Cup weights determined?

There are a range of different factors that handicappers use to determine the weights for the Melbourne Cup. The age, sex and previous career performance all factor into the equation.

A mare (female) nominated will automatically receive a 2kg allowance from it’s male competitors.

The Melbourne Cup field also has a required minimum topweight. The topweight must carry 58kg and once the final field is released if the topweight is less than 58kg, the weights for all horses will be raised.

The minimum weight one can carry in the Melbourne Cup is 49kg.

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Melbourne Cup Weight Facts & Figures

There are some truly remarkable record surrounding the weights carried in the Melbourne Cup. Phar Lap famously carried 68kg, the most ever, in 1931 but was unable to win. In 1890 Carbine successfully carried a whopping 66kg to win the Melbourne Cup.

Only looking back as far as 1990 the stats are a little less dramatic. In 2005 Makybe Diva went on to win the Melbourne Cup carrying 58kg. Brew famously won the 2000 Cup carrying just 49kg.

Weight Stats  Weight (kg)
Most weight carried to victory 66kg (Carbine, 1890)
Least weight carried to victory 33.5kg (Banker, 33.5kg)
Highest weight carried ever 68kg (Phar Lap, 1931)
Weight most often carried to victory 54.5kg (7 times)

Weight carried by past 10 Melbourne Cup winners

In recent years it has proven to be far to difficult for top-weighted horses to win the Melbourne Cup. Protectionist has carried the most weight out of the past 10 winners with a total of 56.5kg on board. In 2018 Cross Counter went on to win the cup carrying just 51kg.

 

Year Horse Weight (kg)
2019 Vow And Declare 52kg
2018 Cross Counter 51kg
2017 Rekindling 51.5kg
2016 Almandin 52kg
2015 Prince of Penzance 53kg
2014 Protectionist 56.5kg
2013 Fiorente 55kg
2012 Green Moon 53.5kg
2011 Dunaden 54.5kg
2010 Americain 54.5kg
 
 
 
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