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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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 KEW GARDENS (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg
2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings 2 57.5kg
3 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby 3 57.5kg
4 LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi 4 57kg
5 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley 5 56kg
6 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 56kg
7 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison 7 56kg
8 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 8 55.5kg
9 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 55.5kg
10 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 55.5kg
11 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 11 55kg
12 ISPOLINI (GB) Charlie Appleby 12 55kg
13 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Liam Howley 13 55kg
14 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 14 55kg
15 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu 15 55kg
16 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees 16 55kg
17 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 55kg
18 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean 18 55kg
19 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 19 55kg
20 MORANDO (FR) Andrew Balding 20 54.5kg
21 YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley 21 54.5kg
22 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller 22 54kg
23 GOLD MOUNT (GB) Ian Williams 23 54kg
24 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 24 54kg
25 RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon 25 54kg
26 RED VERDON (USA) Ed Dunlop 26 54kg
27 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Kris Lees 27 54kg
28 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell 28 53.5kg
29 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees 29 53.5kg
30 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 30 53.5kg
31 DURETTO (GB) Matt Cumani 31 53.5kg
32 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 32 53.5kg
33 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 33 53.5kg
34 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller 34 53.5kg
35 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney 35 53.5kg
36 TORCEDOR (IRE) Andreas Wohler 36 53.5kg
37 DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) David Elsworth 37 53kg
38 KENEDNA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 38 53kg
39 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller 39 53kg
40 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller 40 53kg
41 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes 41 53kg
42 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) William Haggas 42 53kg
43 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller 43 53kg
44 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 44 52.5kg
45 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg
46 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott 46 52.5kg
47 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander 47 52.5kg
48 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 48 52.5kg
49 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien 49 52.5kg
50 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes 50 52.5kg
51 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh 51 52.5kg
52 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees 52 52.5kg
53 RED GALILEO (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 53 52.5kg
54 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 54 52.5kg
55 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 55 52.5kg
56 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker 56 52.5kg
57 AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman 57 52kg
58 BARSANTI (IRE) Roger Varian 58 52kg
59 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 59 52kg
60 CROWN PROSECUTOR Stephen Marsh 60 52kg
61 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding 61 52kg
62 GLORY DAYS (NZ) Bill Thurlow 62 52kg
63 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond 63 52kg
64 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller 64 52kg
65 MEINER WUNSCH (JPN) Takahiro Mizuno 65 52kg
66 NELSON (IRE) Liam Howley 66 52kg
67 POUNAMU Michael Kent 67 52kg
68 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 68 52kg
69 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 69 52kg
70 TECHNICIAN (IRE) Martyn Meade 70 52kg
71 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller 71 52kg
72 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien 72 52kg
73 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 73 52kg
74 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller 74 52kg
75 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller 75 51.5kg
76 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller 76 51.5kg
77 STIVERS (ARG) Dermot K Weld 77 51.5kg
78 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 78 51.5kg
79 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins 79 51.5kg
80 BIZZWINKLE (NZ) Patrick Payne 80 51kg
81 BLUE BREEZE (NZ) Allan Morley 81 51kg
82 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings 82 51kg
83 IN A TWINKLING Jamie Richards 83 51kg
84 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander 84 51kg
85 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi 85 51kg
86 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 86 51kg
87 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith 87 51kg
88 VENICE BEACH (IRE) Liam Howley 88 51kg
89 WREN’S DAY (USA) James Cummings 89 51kg
90 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 90 51kg
91 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 91 50.5kg
92 BIN BATTUTA (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 92 50.5kg
93 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings 93 50.5kg
94 GIRL TUESDAY Chris Waller 94 50.5kg
95 MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 95 50.5kg
96 SELF SENSE David Brideoake 96 50.5kg
97 TRANSACT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 97 50.5kg
98 ALFARRIS (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98 50kg
99 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees 99 50kg
100 ANGEL OF HEAVEN Kris Lees 100 50kg
101 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees 101 50kg
102 BASS (JPN) Liam Howley 102 50kg
103 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) Jim Conlan 103 50kg
104 BONDEIGER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104 50kg
105 CALIBURN (IRE) Jamie Richards 105 50kg
106 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106 50kg
107 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden 107 50kg
108 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller 108 50kg
109 DIVANATION Tony & Calvin McEvoy 109 50kg
110 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Liam Howley 110 50kg
111 EMINENCE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 111 50kg
112 EXEMPLAR (IRE) Liam Howley 112 50kg
113 FAIRLIGHT (IRE) Kris Lees 113 50kg
114 GUNDOWN Michael Moroney 114 50kg
115 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney 115 50kg
116 HARRISON (GB) Liam Howley 116 50kg
117 HEART OF GRACE (JPN) Frank Pangallo 117 50kg
118 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 118 50kg
119 ILWENDO (GER) Matthew Smith 119 50kg
120 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Liam Howley 120 50kg
121 LADY YOUNG Tony & Calvin McEvoy 121 50kg
122 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Bryan Dais 122 50kg
123 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 123 50kg
124 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander 124 50kg
125 MOUNT EVEREST (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 125 50kg
126 NORWAY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 126 50kg
127 ONCE WERE LOST (IRE) Lindsey Smith 127 50kg
128 OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) Kris Lees 128 50kg
129 RE EDIT Chris Waller 129 50kg
130 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees 130 50kg
131 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham 131 50kg
132 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Aidan O’Brien 132 50kg
133 SPANISH POINT (GB) Liam Howley 133 50kg
134 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley 134 50kg
135 STELLAR IMPACT (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 135 50kg
136 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 136 50kg
137 SUPER TITUS (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 137 50kg
138 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 138 50kg
139 TARWIN Michael Kent 139 50kg
140 TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 140 50kg
141 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 141 50kg
142 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney 142 50kg
143 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Liam Howley 143 50kg
144 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 144 50kg
145 VERNANME (NZ) Stephen Marsh 145 50kg
146 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 146 50kg
147 WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 147 50kg
148 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 148 50kg
149 ECHO LAD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 149 49kg
150 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 150 49kg
151 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 151 49kg
152 RULE THE WORLD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 152 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 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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