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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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Weights

Melbourne Cup 2021 weights will be published here when they become available.

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup: Get the latest information on the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

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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