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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.

Horse Ballot Weight
1 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) 1 58kg
2 HARTNELL (GB) 2 57.5kg
3 ALMANDIN (GER) 3 56.5kg
4 ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) 4 56kg
5 HUMIDOR (NZ) 5 56kg
6 ALBERT (JPN) 6 55.5kg
7 GAILO CHOP (FR) 7 55.5kg
8 SENSE OF OCCASION 8 55.5kg
9 TIBERIAN (FR) 9 55.5kg
10 BARSANTI (IRE) 10 55kg
11 GINGERNUTS (NZ) 11 55kg
12 MARMELO (GB) 12 55kg
13 PRIZE MONEY (GB) 13 55kg
14 RED CARDINAL (IRE) 14 55kg
15 TAVAGO (NZ) 15 55kg
16 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) 16 54.5kg
17 JON SNOW (NZ) 17 54.5kg
18 BONDI BEACH (IRE) 18 54kg
19 FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) 19 54kg
20 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) 20 54kg
21 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) 21 54kg
22 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) 22 54kg
23 ST MICHEL (GB) 23 54kg
24 STAR EXHIBIT 24 54kg
25 TALLY 25 54kg
26 VENTURA STORM (IRE) 26 54kg
27 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) 27 54kg
28 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) 28 54kg
29 BIG DUKE (IRE) 29 53.5kg
30 DAL HARRAILD (GB) 30 53.5kg
31 DYLAN MOUTH (IRE) 31 53.5kg
32 INFERENCE 32 53.5kg
33 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) 33 53.5kg
34 ASSIGN (IRE) 34 53kg
35 CHOCANTE (NZ) 35 53kg
36 GALLANTE (IRE) 36 53kg
37 GUARDINI (FR) 37 53kg
38 LIBRAN (IRE) 38 53kg
39 NAKEETA (GB) 39 53kg
40 QEWY (IRE) 40 53kg
41 RED VERDON (USA) 41 53kg
42 SINGLE GAZE 42 53kg
43 STAMPEDE 43 53kg
44 TRAVELLING MAN (GB) 44 53kg
45 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) 45 53kg
46 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) 46 52.5kg
47 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) 47 52.5kg
48 APILOBAR (FR) 48 52.5kg
49 BONNEVAL (NZ) 49 52.5kg
50 HARPER’S CHOICE 50 52.5kg
51 SEABURGE 51 52.5kg
52 AMRALAH (IRE) 52 52kg
53 BOOM TIME 53 52kg
54 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) 54 52kg
55 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) 55 52kg
56 YANKEE ROSE 56 52kg
57 ABBEY MARIE 57 51.5kg
58 ALOFT (IRE) 58 51.5kg
59 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) 59 51.5kg
60 EGG TART 60 51.5kg
61 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) 61 51.5kg
62 REKINDLING (GB) 62 51.5kg
63 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) 63 51.5kg
64 AMELIE’S STAR 64 51kg
65 HARLEM (GB) 65 51kg
66 HEAVENS ABOVE 66 51kg
67 LASQUETI SPIRIT 67 51kg
68 NATURAL SCENERY (GB) 68 51kg
69 PACODALI (IRE) 69 51kg
70 WINNING STORY (GB) 70 51kg
71 BERISHA 71 50.5kg
72 DEE I CEE (NZ) 72 50.5kg
73 FOUNDATION (IRE) 73 50.5kg
74 HARRISON (GB) 74 50.5kg
75 KIDMENEVER (IRE) 75 50.5kg
76 MONTOYA’S SECRET 76 50.5kg
77 PENTATHLON (NZ) 77 50.5kg
78 RED GALILEO (GB) 78 50.5kg
79 SARRASIN (GB) 79 50.5kg
80 SWEET SELECTION (GB) 80 50.5kg
81 ADMIRAL JELLO 81 50kg
82 ALWARD (IRE) 82 50kg
83 ANA ROYALE 83 50kg
84 ANAHEIM 84 50kg
85 AUVRAY (FR) 85 50kg
86 BROADSIDE (NZ) 86 50kg
87 CHARLES ROAD 87 50kg
88 CHARLEVOIX 88 50kg
89 CISMONTANE (NZ) 89 50kg
90 COMIN’ THROUGH 90 50kg
91 COOL CHAP 91 50kg
92 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) 92 50kg
93 DARABAD (FR) 93 50kg
94 DON DOREMO (NZ) 94 50kg
95 ETYMOLOGY 95 50kg
96 EUREKA STREET 96 50kg
97 FANATIC (NZ) 97 50kg
98 FIRENZE 98 50kg
99 FOUNDRY (IRE) 99 50kg
100 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) 100 50kg
101 GAUGUIN (NZ) 101 50kg
102 GREY LION (IRE) 102 50kg
103 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) 103 50kg
104 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) 104 50kg
105 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) 105 50kg
106 KELLSTORM (IRE) 106 50kg
107 KHEZERABAD (FR) 107 50kg
108 KILIMANJARO (IRE) 108 50kg
109 KINEMA (IRE) 109 50kg
110 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) 110 50kg
111 LORD FANDANGO (GER) 111 50kg
112 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) 112 50kg
113 LORESHO (FR) 113 50kg
114 MAGICOOL 114 50kg
115 MANAPINE 115 50kg
116 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) 116 50kg
117 MEGABLAST (NZ) 117 50kg
118 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) 118 50kg
119 ONCIDIUM RULER 119 50kg
120 OUR CENTURY (IRE) 120 50kg
121 PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) 121 50kg
122 PRINCE CHERI (FR) 122 50kg
123 RAW IMPULSE (GB) 123 50kg
124 REGAL MONARCH (GB) 124 50kg
125 RISQUE (NZ) 125 50kg
126 ROCK ON (NZ) 126 50kg
127 ROMAN SON 127 50kg
128 SAMOVARE 128 50kg
129 SAYED (USA) 129 50kg
130 SETTLER’S STONE 130 50kg
131 SINGING (FR) 131 50kg
132 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) 132 50kg
133 SUPER HAZE (IRE) 133 50kg
134 TAIKOMOCHI 134 50kg
135 TIME TO TEST 135 50kg
136 TRANSFER ALLOWANCE 136 50kg
137 UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) 137 50kg
138 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) 138 50kg
139 WHEAL LEISURE 139 50kg
140 YOGI (NZ) 140 50kg

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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