2010 Melbourne Cup Weights

The 2010 Melbourne Cup weights were first released by Racing Victoria at the start of September, however since the original handicaps there have been a number of weight changes and penalties.

There are now just 47 horses still in contention for the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m), with that number set to be cut to the final 24-horse field plus four emergencies on Saturday as the Melbourne Cup final acceptances are taken.

Melbourne Cup weights and penalties are decided and handed down by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.

Current top weight in the Melbourne Cup field is reigning champion Shocking allocated 57kg and no horse in over three decades has carried 57kg to victory in the Melbourne Cup.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking carried just 51kg to victory in the 2009 Melbourne Cup, but having carried between 57 and 59kg at his last three starts the son of Street Cry is well equipped to handle his 2010 Melbourne Cup weight.

Following in the current Melbourne Cup handicaps with 56kg are dual Cox Plate champion So You Think, Chris Waller’s Metal Bender and international raider Campanologist.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to carry 56kg to victory was Japanese stayer Delta Blues in 2006.

This year Japan has their first horse in the Melbourne Cup since 2006, with Tokai Trick set to start with 54.5kg on their back.

2010 Melbourne Cup weight penalties have so far been handed down to:

  • Americain – 54.5kg (0.5kg penalty for Geelong Cup win)
  • Descarado – 54kg (1.5kg penalty for Caulfield Cup win)
  • Precedence – 53.5kg (3kg combined penalty for JRA Cup and Moonee Valley Cup wins)
  • Herculian Prince – 53.5kg (2kg penalty for The Metropolitan win)
  • Linton – 52kg (1kg penalty for Herbert Power Stakes win)
  • Eastern Aria – 51.5kg (1kg penalty for Park Hill Stakes win)

The current Melbourne Cup 2010 weights are listed below.

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2010 Melbourne Cup Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight (Penalty)
1 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 3 57
2 SO YOU THINK (NZ) Bart Cummings 1 56
3 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller 5 56
4 CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 6 56
5 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott 7 55.5
6 SHOOT OUT John Wallace 4 55
7 MR MEDICI (IRE) Peter Ho 10 55
8 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) William J Knight 12 55
9 TOKAI TRICK (JPN) Kenji Nonaka 13 54.5
10 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 14 54.5 (0.5)
11 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 2 54 (1.5)
12 MONACO CONSUL (NZ) Michael Moroney 8 54
13 PROFOUND BEAUTY (IRE) Dermot K Weld 9 54
14 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 17 54
15 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 18 54
16 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien 19 54
17 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 20 54
18 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 21 54
19 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan 22 54
20 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 24 53.5
21 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent 25 53.5
22 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 26 53.5 (3.0)
23 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 27 53.5
24 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 28 53.5 (2.0)
25 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 29 53.5
26 HOLBERG (UAE) Saeed Bin Suroor 31 53.5
27 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 32 53
28 NO WINE NO SONG Kevin Moses 34 53
29 JESSICABEEL (NZ) John O’Shea 23 52.5
30 CAPECOVER (NZ) Patrick Payne 35 52.5
31 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings 11 52
32 LINTON Robert Hickmott 30 52 (1.0)
33 DARIANA Bart Cummings 15 51.5
34 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 16 51.5
35 EASTERN ARIA (UAE) Mark Johnston 33 51.5 (1.0)
36 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman 37 51.5
37 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 38 51
38 VALDEMORO Tony Vasil 36 50
39 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 39 50
40 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 40 50
41 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 41 50
42 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 42 50
43 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 43 50
44 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 44 50
45 STANSTILL (IRE) Michael Kent 45 50
46 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 46 50
47 GOTHIC CROWN Todd Balfour 47 50