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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.

2017 Melbourne Cup Weights

The weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup were released on Tuesday, September 12 with dual Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George given the top weight of 58kg.

HorseBallotWeight
1ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE)158kg
2HARTNELL (GB)257.5kg
3ALMANDIN (GER)356.5kg
4ADMIRE DEUS (JPN)456kg
5HUMIDOR (NZ)556kg
6ALBERT (JPN)655.5kg
7GAILO CHOP (FR)755.5kg
8SENSE OF OCCASION855.5kg
9TIBERIAN (FR)955.5kg
10BARSANTI (IRE)1055kg
11GINGERNUTS (NZ)1155kg
12MARMELO (GB)1255kg
13PRIZE MONEY (GB)1355kg
14RED CARDINAL (IRE)1455kg
15TAVAGO (NZ)1555kg
16JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)1654.5kg
17JON SNOW (NZ)1754.5kg
18BONDI BEACH (IRE)1854kg
19FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE)1954kg
20HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)2054kg
21MAX DYNAMITE (FR)2154kg
22SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)2254kg
23ST MICHEL (GB)2354kg
24STAR EXHIBIT2454kg
25TALLY2554kg
26VENTURA STORM (IRE)2654kg
27WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)2754kg
28WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)2854kg
29BIG DUKE (IRE)2953.5kg
30DAL HARRAILD (GB)3053.5kg
31DYLAN MOUTH (IRE)3153.5kg
32INFERENCE3253.5kg
33US ARMY RANGER (IRE)3353.5kg
34ASSIGN (IRE)3453kg
35CHOCANTE (NZ)3553kg
36GALLANTE (IRE)3653kg
37GUARDINI (FR)3753kg
38LIBRAN (IRE)3853kg
39NAKEETA (GB)3953kg
40QEWY (IRE)4053kg
41RED VERDON (USA)4153kg
42SINGLE GAZE4253kg
43STAMPEDE4353kg
44TRAVELLING MAN (GB)4453kg
45WALL OF FIRE (IRE)4553kg
46ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)4652.5kg
47ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)4752.5kg
48APILOBAR (FR)4852.5kg
49BONNEVAL (NZ)4952.5kg
50HARPER’S CHOICE5052.5kg
51SEABURGE5152.5kg
52AMRALAH (IRE)5252kg
53BOOM TIME5352kg
54THOMAS HOBSON (GB)5452kg
55VOLATILE MIX (NZ)5552kg
56YANKEE ROSE5652kg
57ABBEY MARIE5751.5kg
58ALOFT (IRE)5851.5kg
59CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)5951.5kg
60EGG TART6051.5kg
61LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)6151.5kg
62REKINDLING (GB)6251.5kg
63TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)6351.5kg
64AMELIE’S STAR6451kg
65HARLEM (GB)6551kg
66HEAVENS ABOVE6651kg
67LASQUETI SPIRIT6751kg
68NATURAL SCENERY (GB)6851kg
69PACODALI (IRE)6951kg
70WINNING STORY (GB)7051kg
71BERISHA7150.5kg
72DEE I CEE (NZ)7250.5kg
73FOUNDATION (IRE)7350.5kg
74HARRISON (GB)7450.5kg
75KIDMENEVER (IRE)7550.5kg
76MONTOYA’S SECRET7650.5kg
77PENTATHLON (NZ)7750.5kg
78RED GALILEO (GB)7850.5kg
79SARRASIN (GB)7950.5kg
80SWEET SELECTION (GB)8050.5kg
81ADMIRAL JELLO8150kg
82ALWARD (IRE)8250kg
83ANA ROYALE8350kg
84ANAHEIM8450kg
85AUVRAY (FR)8550kg
86BROADSIDE (NZ)8650kg
87CHARLES ROAD8750kg
88CHARLEVOIX8850kg
89CISMONTANE (NZ)8950kg
90COMIN’ THROUGH9050kg
91COOL CHAP9150kg
92CROCODILE ROCK (IRE)9250kg
93DARABAD (FR)9350kg
94DON DOREMO (NZ)9450kg
95ETYMOLOGY9550kg
96EUREKA STREET9650kg
97FANATIC (NZ)9750kg
98FIRENZE9850kg
99FOUNDRY (IRE)9950kg
100GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)10050kg
101GAUGUIN (NZ)10150kg
102GREY LION (IRE)10250kg
103HANS HOLBEIN (GB)10350kg
104HARLOW GOLD (NZ)10450kg
105IMPOSING LASS (NZ)10550kg
106KELLSTORM (IRE)10650kg
107KHEZERABAD (FR)10750kg
108KILIMANJARO (IRE)10850kg
109KINEMA (IRE)10950kg
110LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)11050kg
111LORD FANDANGO (GER)11150kg
112LORD VAN PERCY (GB)11250kg
113LORESHO (FR)11350kg
114MAGICOOL11450kg
115MANAPINE11550kg
116MASTER ZEPHYR (GB)11650kg
117MEGABLAST (NZ)11750kg
118NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)11850kg
119ONCIDIUM RULER11950kg
120OUR CENTURY (IRE)12050kg
121PENGLAI PAVILION (USA)12150kg
122PRINCE CHERI (FR)12250kg
123RAW IMPULSE (GB)12350kg
124REGAL MONARCH (GB)12450kg
125RISQUE (NZ)12550kg
126ROCK ON (NZ)12650kg
127ROMAN SON12750kg
128SAMOVARE12850kg
129SAYED (USA)12950kg
130SETTLER’S STONE13050kg
131SINGING (FR)13150kg
132SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)13250kg
133SUPER HAZE (IRE)13350kg
134TAIKOMOCHI13450kg
135TIME TO TEST13550kg
136TRANSFER ALLOWANCE13650kg
137UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ)13750kg
138VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)13850kg
139WHEAL LEISURE13950kg
140YOGI (NZ)14050kg

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 victory66kg (Carbine, 1890)
Least weight carried to victory33.5kg (Banker, 33.5kg)
Highest weight carried ever68kg (Phar Lap, 1931)
Weight most often carried to victory54.5kg (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 2016 Almandin went on to win the cup carrying just 52kg.

YearHorseWeight (kg)
2016Almandin52kg
2015Prince of Penzance53kg
2014Protectionist56.5kg
2013Fiorente55kg
2012Green Moon53.5kg
2011Dunaden54.5kg
2010Americain54.5kg
2009Shocking51kg
2008Viewed53kg
2007Efficient54.5kg
 
 
 
 
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