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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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir 1 58kg 1.5
2 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 2 57.5kg 2
3 LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) Aidan O’Brien 3 57.5kg 2
4 TORCEDOR (IRE) Andreas Wohler 4 57kg 2.5
5 CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 5 56.5kg 3
6 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller 6 56.5kg 3
7 IDAHO (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 7 56kg 3.5
8 MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams 8 56kg 3.5
9 AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman 9 55.5kg 4
10 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi 10 55.5kg 4
11 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 55.5kg 4
12 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 12 55.5kg 4
13 MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden 13 55.5kg 4
14 SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney 14 55.5kg 4
15 TOSEN BASIL (JPN) Darren Weir 15 55.5kg 4
16 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 16 55.5kg 4
17 ACE HIGH David Payne 17 55kg 3
18 EMOTIONLESS (IRE) Charlie Appleby 18 55kg 4.5
19 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison 19 55kg 4.5
20 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley 20 55kg 4.5
21 WEEKENDER (GB) John Gosden 21 55kg 4.5
22 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 54.5kg 3.5
23 DURETTO (GB) Andrew Balding 23 54.5kg 5
24 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick 24 54.5kg 5
25 POUNAMU Alan Mathews 25 54.5kg 5
26 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman 26 54kg 5.5
27 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir 27 54kg 5.5
28 COUNT OCTAVE (GB) Andrew Balding 28 54kg 5.5
29 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller 29 54kg 4
30 DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) David Elsworth 30 54kg 5.5
31 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller 31 54kg 5.5
32 GRUNT (NZ) Mick Price 32 54kg 4
33 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins 33 54kg 5.5
34 MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) James Cummings 34 54kg 5.5
35 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir 35 54kg 5.5
36 RED VERDON (USA) Ed Dunlop 36 54kg 5.5
37 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney 37 54kg 5.5
38 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 38 54kg 5.5
39 DEAUVILLE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 39 53.5kg 6
40 HAMADA (GB) Charlie Appleby 40 53.5kg 6
41 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price 41 53.5kg 4.5
42 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees 42 53.5kg 6
43 TIBERIAN (FR) Alain Couetil 43 53.5kg 6
44 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 44 53.5kg 4.5
45 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings 45 53kg 6.5
46 EGG TART Chris Waller 46 53kg 5
47 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley 47 53kg 6.5
48 KEW GARDENS (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 48 53kg 2.5
49 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Darren Weir 49 53kg 6.5
50 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller 50 53kg 6.5
51 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine 51 53kg 6.5
52 OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) Liam Howley 52 53kg 6.5
53 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes 53 53kg 6.5
54 SINGLE GAZE Chris Waller 54 53kg 5
55 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 55 53kg 6.5
56 SOLE IMPACT (JPN) Hirofumi Toda 56 53kg 6.5
57 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean 57 53kg 6.5
58 WITHHOLD (GB) Roger Charlton 58 53kg 6.5
59 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 59 53kg 6.5
60 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 60 52.5kg 7
61 DOHA DREAM (FR) Andre Fabre 61 52.5kg 7
62 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir 62 52.5kg 7
63 MEGABLAST (NZ) Darren Weir 63 52.5kg 7
64 MUSTAJEER (GB) Ger Lyons 64 52.5kg 7
65 ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) Chris Waller 65 52.5kg 7
66 PRIZE MONEY (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 66 52.5kg 7
67 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller 67 52.5kg 4
68 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 52.5kg 7
69 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander 69 52.5kg 7
70 GAME STARTER (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 70 52kg 7.5
71 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 71 52kg 3.5
72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) William Mullins 72 52kg 7.5
73 YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 73 52kg 7.5
74 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price 74 51.5kg 5
75 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) Matthew Smith 75 51.5kg 8
76 LADIES FIRST (NZ) Allan Sharrock 76 51.5kg 6.5
77 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller 77 51.5kg 8
78 PACODALI (IRE) Darren Weir 78 51.5kg 8
79 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller 79 51.5kg 5
80 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Darren Weir 80 51kg 8.5
81 CASTERTON (IRE) Andre Fabre 81 51kg 8.5
82 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby 82 51kg 4.5
83 DIVINE UNICORN (GB) Matthew Dunn 83 51kg 8.5
84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Liam Howley 84 51kg 8.5
85 FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 85 51kg 4.5
86 HIGHLAD Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 86 51kg 8.5
87 MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 87 51kg 7
88 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Darren Weir 88 51kg 8.5
89 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 89 51kg 8.5
90 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler 90 51kg 8.5
91 POETIC DREAM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 91 51kg 8.5
92 RISING RED (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 92 51kg 8.5
93 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 93 51kg 4.5
94 SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller 94 51kg 8.5
95 SOPRESSA Darren Weir 95 51kg 5.5
96 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 96 51kg 7
97 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Liam Howley 97 51kg 8.5
98 NORTHWEST PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98 50.5kg 9
99 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Liam Howley 99 50.5kg 9
100 OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 100 50.5kg 7.5
101 REZEALIENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101 50.5kg 7.5
102 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102 50.5kg 7.5
103 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Darren Weir 103 50.5kg 9
104 WALTON STREET (GB) Charlie Appleby 104 50.5kg 9
105 ABDON (GB) Chris Waller 105 50kg 9.5
106 AL HARAM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106 50kg 9.5
107 ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) Chris Waller 107 50kg 8
108 AZURO (FR) Darren Weir 108 50kg 9.5
109 BEDFORD (NZ) Anthony Freedman 109 50kg 9.5
110 BELGRAVIA (IRE) Liam Howley 110 50kg 9.5
111 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings 111 50kg 9.5
112 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller 112 50kg 9.5
113 CALIBRATION (IRE) Darren Weir 113 50kg 9.5
114 CHELKAR (FR) William Mullins 114 50kg 9.5
115 CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ) Darren Weir 115 50kg 9.5
116 CORDERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 116 50kg 9.5
117 CULLINGWORTH (IRE) Darren Weir 117 50kg 9.5
118 DANDY GENT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 118 50kg 9.5
119 DANON ROMAN (JPN) Anthony Freedman 119 50kg 9.5
120 DOMED John P Thompson 120 50kg 9.5
121 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Matt Cumani 121 50kg 9.5
122 EXEMPLAR (IRE) Liam Howley 122 50kg 9.5
123 GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 123 50kg 8.5
124 GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ) Matt Cumani 124 50kg 9.5
125 GUARDINI (FR) Darren Weir 125 50kg 9.5
126 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) Liam Howley 126 50kg 9.5
127 HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) Anthony Freedman 127 50kg 9.5
128 HARIPOUR (IRE) Darren Weir 128 50kg 9.5
129 HARRISON (GB) Liam Howley 129 50kg 9.5
130 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Shawn Mathrick 130 50kg 9.5
131 HERE AND NOW (GB) Ralph Beckett 131 50kg 9.5
132 HIGH BRIDGE (GB) Chris Waller 132 50kg 9.5
133 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 133 50kg 7
134 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 134 50kg 9.5
135 ILWENDO (GER) Matthew Smith 135 50kg 9.5
136 JAAMEH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 136 50kg 9.5
137 JAKE’S HILL (GB) Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir 138 50kg 9.5
139 KILIMANJARO (IRE) Liam Howley 139 50kg 9.5
140 LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) William Mullins 140 50kg 9.5
141 LANGLEY (JPN) Darren Weir 141 50kg 9.5
142 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent 142 50kg 8
143 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 143 50kg 9.5
144 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) Darren Weir 144 50kg 9.5
145 MIDTERM (GB) Liam Howley 145 50kg 9.5
146 MILSEAIN (NZ) Kris Lees 146 50kg 9.5
147 MING (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 147 50kg 9.5
148 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price 148 50kg 7.5
149 MR CLARIFY (NZ) Wayne Walters 149 50kg 9.5
150 MR GARCIA (GB) Darren Weir 150 50kg 9.5
151 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Chris Waller 151 50kg 9.5
152 NELSON (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 152 50kg 9
153 OPPOSITION (GB) Chris Waller 153 50kg 9.5
154 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir 154 50kg 9.5
155 OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) Grahame Begg 155 50kg 9.5
156 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller 156 50kg 9.5
157 PERIBSEN (IRE) John O’Shea 157 50kg 9.5
158 PIONEERTOWN (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 158 50kg 9.5
159 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Darren Weir 159 50kg 9.5
160 ROMANESQUE (IRE) Jarrod McLean 160 50kg 9.5
161 SELF SENSE David Brideoake 161 50kg 9.5
162 SHIMRANO (GER) Michael Hickmott 162 50kg 9.5
163 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller 163 50kg 9.5
164 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 164 50kg 9.5
165 SIR CHAUVELIN (GB) Jim Goldie 165 50kg 9.5
166 SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) Liam Howley 166 50kg 9.5
167 STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley 167 50kg 9.5
168 STRATUM (GB) William Mullins 168 50kg 9.5
169 SUPERNOVA (GB) David Simcock 169 50kg 9.5
170 SURREY Graeme Rogerson 170 50kg 9.5
171 TALL SHIP (IRE) Darren Weir 171 50kg 9.5
172 TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) Anthony Freedman 172 50kg 9.5
173 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller 173 50kg 9.5
174 THE PENTAGON (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 174 50kg 9.5
175 THE STATESMAN (GB) Darren Weir 175 50kg 9.5
176 TIFFANY’S LASS Danny Laws 176 50kg 9.5
177 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney 177 50kg 9.5
178 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 178 50kg 9.5
179 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander 179 50kg 9.5
180 WOLFE TONE (NZ) Francis Finnegan 180 50kg 9.5
181 YOGI (NZ) Darren Weir 181 50kg 9.5
182 SYDNEY BLUE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 182 49kg 9.5
183 THINKIN’ BIG Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 183 49kg 9.5

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 2016 Almandin went on to win the cup carrying just 52kg.

Year Horse Weight (kg)
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
2009 Shocking 51kg
2008 Viewed 53kg
2007 Efficient 54.5kg
 
 
 
 
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