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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

Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 SONNYBOYLISTON (IRE) G 5 Johnny Murtagh 1 58kg
2 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 2 58kg
3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57.5kg
4 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57kg
5 SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 5 57kg
6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 6 57kg
7 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 7 55.5kg
8 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 8 55.5kg
9 AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 9 54.5kg
10 VOW AND DECLARE G 6 Danny O’Brien 10 54.5kg
11 BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 11 54kg
12 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 54kg
13 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 7 Joseph O’Brien 13 54kg
14 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 14 54kg
15 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 15 54kg
16 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 16 54kg
17 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 53.5kg
18 BEAUDEN (NZ) G 7 Graeme Rogerson 18 53.5kg
19 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 19 53.5kg
20 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 20 53.5kg
21 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 21 53.5kg
22 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Bill Pomare 22 53.5kg
23 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 23 53.5kg
24 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 24 53kg
25 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 25 53kg
26 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 26 53kg
27 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 27 53kg
28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 28 53kg
29 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 29 53kg
30 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 30 53kg
31 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 31 53kg
32 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 32 52.5kg
33 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 33 52.5kg
34 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 34 52.5kg
35 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 35 52.5kg
36 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 36 52.5kg
37 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 37 52.5kg
38 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 38 52.5kg
39 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 39 52.5kg
40 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 40 52.5kg
41 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 41 52.5kg
42 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 42 52.5kg
43 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 43 52kg
44 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 44 52kg
45 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 45 52kg
46 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 46 52kg
47 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 47 52kg
48 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 48 51.5kg
49 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 49 51.5kg
50 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 50 51.5kg
51 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 51 51.5kg
52 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 52 51kg
53 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 53 51kg
54 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 54 51kg
55 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 55 51kg
56 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 56 51kg
57 RODRIGO DIAZ (GB) G 5 David Simcock 57 51kg
58 SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 58 51kg
59 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 59 51kg
60 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 60 51kg
61 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 61 51kg
62 CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 62 50.5kg
63 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 63 50.5kg
64 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 64 50.5kg
65 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 65 50.5kg
66 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 66 50kg
67 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 67 50kg
68 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 68 50kg
69 AZALY G 4 Ben & JD Hayes 69 50kg
70 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 70 50kg
71 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 71 50kg
72 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 72 50kg
73 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 73 50kg
74 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 74 50kg
75 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 75 50kg
76 COOLTH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 76 50kg
77 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 77 50kg
78 DARVIN (IRE) G 6 Matthew Williams 78 50kg
79 DEGRAVES (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 79 50kg
80 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 80 50kg
81 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 81 50kg
82 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 82 50kg
83 ENGLISH KING (FR) H 5 Michael Moroney 83 50kg
84 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84 50kg
85 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 85 50kg
86 HARMYSIAN (GB) G 5 Clayton Douglas 86 50kg
87 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 87 50kg
88 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88 50kg
89 HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ) G 7 Andrea Leek 89 50kg
90 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90 50kg
91 HORRIFYING (NZ) G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 91 50kg
92 HORSE FOR HIGHER M 6 Dan O’Sullivan 92 50kg
93 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 93 50kg
94 KILLOURNEY (IRE) G 6 Paul Preusker 94 50kg
95 KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent 95 50kg
96 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 96 50kg
97 LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Lindsey Smith 97 50kg
98 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 98 50kg
99 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 99 50kg
100 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100 50kg
101 MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 101 50kg
102 MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102 50kg
103 MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 103 50kg
104 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104 50kg
105 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 105 50kg
106 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 106 50kg
107 NEVER LISTEN M 5 John Ramsey 107 50kg
108 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108 50kg
109 PURRFECT DEAL M 5 Michael Costa 109 50kg
110 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 110 50kg
111 ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 111 50kg
112 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 112 50kg
113 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 113 50kg
114 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 114 50kg
115 SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham 115 50kg
116 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 116 50kg
117 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani 117 50kg
118 SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 118 50kg
119 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith 119 50kg
120 TIGRE ROYALE (NZ) G 6 Archie Alexander 120 50kg
121 TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 121 50kg
122 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 122 50kg
123 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 123 50kg
124 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 124 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 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

How much do Melbourne Cup jockeys weigh?

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.

What is the heaviest weight carried in the Melbourne Cup?

Phar Lap holds the record for the most wight carried in a Melbourne Cup, the champion carried 68kg in 1931. Carbine won the 1890 Melbourne Cup carrying a whopping 66kg.

 
 
 
 
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