Melbourne Cup Winner Gets 58kg in Caulfield Cup 2011 Weights

Defending Melbourne Cup winner Americain has, as expected, been installed as the 2011 Caulfield Cup top-weight with 58 kilograms when handicaps for the $2.5 million Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival feature were released by Racing Victoria today.


Americain has been allocated the 58kg topweight of the 2011 Caulfield Cup hopefuls

Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter earlier this week confirmed the Alain De Royer Dupre-trained Americain would sit at the top of the weights for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), to run on October 15, and that he would hand the six-year-old under 60 kilograms.

With 58 kilos, Americain will be forced to carry 3.5 kilograms more than the weight they had on their back to take out last year’s $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

“Americain won the Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg and rises to topweight of 58kg in the Caulfield cup in recognition of being the second highest rated stayer in the world in 2011,” Carpenter said.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to return the following spring and salute in the Caulfield Cup was the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed in 2008 – 09.

Viewed carted 57kg to victory in the Caulfield Cup two years ago, a four kilo increase from the 53kg they had on their back when handing the ‘Cups King’ Cummings his 12th victory in the world’s richest handicap, something Carpenter also referred to when explaining his decision.

“Viewed was the most recent Melbourne Cup winner to return the following year and win the Caulfield Cup,” he said.

“He did so in 2009 with 57kg having been penalised 54kg for his Melbourne Cup victory.”

Connections of the Australian-owned Americain are still likely to view the weight favourably as the stayer recently saluted in a Listed race in France with 59.5kg.

Fred Kersley’s champion Perth raider Northerly was the most recent Caulfield Cup winner to carry 58kg back in 2002.

Americain is scheduled to arrive in Australia on September 24 when they will enter quarantine here ahead of their Caulfield – Melbourne Cups campaign.

The second highest weighted horse of the 237 Caulfield Cup 2011 nominations that Carpenter allocated handicaps for today was overseas entry Dangerous Midge, winner of the 2010 Breeder’s Cup, with 57.5kg.

Robert Hickmott’s 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient is the next in the weights with 57kg.

Veteran Zabeel grey Efficient, now eight, was last seen winning the 2009 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington but is being tipped to make a return to racing this spring carnival.

Reigning Caulfield Cup winner, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado has been allocated 56kg this year, equal with Japan’s Meiner Kitz who is an unlikely visitor to Victoria this season.

Last year High Chaparral gelding Descarado was one of the light-weights of the Caulfield Cup field, ace hoop Chris Munce riding them to victory on a bog Caulfield track at just 52.5kg.

“I have effectively penalised Descarado 2kg for his victory in last year’s race,” Carpenter explained.

“The other 1.5kg increase is for his progression on the weight-for-age scale from a four to five-year-old.”

Descarado sits as a $35 chance in the Caulfield Cup odds at Luxbet to join Rising Fast (1954-55) and Posiedon (1906-07) as the only gallopers to win back-to-back Caulfield Cups.

The horse that finished second behind Descarado in last year’s winning Caulfield Cup Quinella was the Murray Baker-trained New Zealand stayer Harris Tweed, allocated 54.5kg for their second shot at the Cup, equal weight with William Haggas’ European raider of the same name.

Caulfield Cup betting markets at Luxbet are currently lead by Peter Moody’s progressive mare Lights Of Heaven paying $7.

Today Lights Of Heaven received just 51.5kg for the Caulfield Cup, which will only confirm her favouritism in the feature.

She may, however, incur a penalty if she wins races on way to the Cup starting with her second-up start in the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington this Saturday.

Other early favourites in the Caulfield Cup Odds and their Weights are:

  • Scarlett Lady ($11) – 51kg: Graeme Rogerson’s star Kiwi mare won the Group 1 Queensland Oaks in Queensland during the winter. Resumed with a credible seventh to Mufhasa in the Group 1 Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings last Saturday. Is out to emulate the feats of another great New Zealand mare, Ethereal, who won the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double for trainer Sheila Laxon back in 2001.
  • Shamrocker ($13) – 52kg: Danny O’Brien-trained O’Reilly mare won the Australian Guineas – Derby double as a three-year-old last season. Also well liked in the Melbourne Cup futures odds after running eighth, with good sectionals, in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) for her resuming run at Caulfield last Saturday. Must equal the weight carrying record for a four-year-old mare in the Caulfield Cup set by Leilani (1974) and matched by How Now (1965).
  • December Draw ($15) – 50kg: Mark Kavanagh-trained five-year-old import. Won back-to-back races at Flemington after joining Kavanagh’s Flemington stables in May. Tipped to show more as they step up in distance over the coming months but yet to qualify for the Caulfield Cup.
  • Maluckyday ($15) – 54kg: Runner-up to Americain in the 2010 Melbourne Cup carrying just 51kg. Was disappointing in the autumn with their best finish being a fourth to Danleigh (carrying 59kg) in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes. Expected to resume at Caulfield on Saturday.
  • Lion Tamer ($17) – 54kg: Winner of the Victoria Derby last spring, Murray Baker’s Storming Home gelding is the highest-weighted of the four-year-old Caulfield Cup hopefuls this year. Ran an eye-catching first-up fourth in the Challenge Stakes at home in New Zealand last Saturday.
  • My Kingdom Of Fife ($17) – 55kg: Chris Waller’s star import that has won three of their four Australian starts including the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Formerly owned by the Queen, will make their spring debut this Saturday in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.

Below is the full list of 2011 BMW Caulfield Cup nominations and weights.

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2011 BMW Caulfield Cup Weights & Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 1 58kg
2 DANGEROUS MIDGE (USA) Brian Meehan 2 57.5kg
3 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 3 57kg
4 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 4 56kg
5 MEINER KITZ (JPN) Sakae Kunieda 5 56kg
6 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 6 55.5kg
7 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 7 55kg
8 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 8 55kg
9 REBEL RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 9 55kg
10 HARRIS TWEED (GB) William Haggas 11 54.5kg
11 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 10 54.5kg
12 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston 12 54.5kg
13 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 13 54.5kg
14 BEAT BLACK (JPN) Hitoshi Nakamura 14 54kg
15 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 15 54kg
16 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 16 54kg
17 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 17 54kg
18 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 18 54kg
19 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 54kg
20 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 20 54kg
21 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 21 54kg
22 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 22 53.5kg
23 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 23 53.5kg
24 LINTON Robert Hickmott 24 53.5kg
25 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 25 53.5kg
26 MAKANI BISTY (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi 26 53.5kg
27 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 27 53.5kg
28 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 28 53.5kg
29 ALLIED POWERS (IRE) Michael Bell 29 53kg
30 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody 30 53kg
31 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 31 53kg
32 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 32 53kg
33 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 33 53kg
34 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 34 53kg
35 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 35 53kg
36 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 36 53kg
37 TACTICIAN (GB) Michael Bell 37 53kg
38 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien 38 53kg
39 ZACK HALL (FR) Mikel Delzangles 39 53kg
40 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 40 52.5kg
41 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 41 52.5kg
42 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 42 52.5kg
43 KING TOP GUN (JPN) Ippo Sameshima 43 52.5kg
44 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 44 52.5kg
45 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 45 52.5kg
46 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent 46 52.5kg
47 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 47 52.5kg
48 SINCERO Stephen Farley 48 52.5kg
49 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 49 52.5kg
50 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 50 52.5kg
51 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 51 52kg
52 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell 52 52kg
53 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 53 52kg
54 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 54 52kg
55 TRAILBLAZER (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee 55 52kg
56 TRUSTING John P Thompson 56 52kg
57 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57 52kg
58 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 58 51.5kg
59 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 59 51.5kg
60 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 60 51.5kg
61 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 61 51.5kg
62 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 62 51.5kg
63 ROTHERA Ben Currie 63 51.5kg
64 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers 64 51.5kg
65 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 65 51kg
66 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 66 51kg
67 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 67 51kg
68 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 68 51kg
69 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 69 51kg
70 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 70 51kg
71 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody 71 51kg
72 MODUN (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 72 51kg
73 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 73 51kg
74 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 74 51kg
75 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 75 51kg
76 PRESSDAY Chris Waller 76 51kg
77 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 77 51kg
78 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 78 51kg
79 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 79 51kg
80 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 80 51kg
81 SYREON Chris Waller 81 51kg
82 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney 82 51kg
83 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 83 51kg
84 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle 84 51kg
85 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 85 50.5kg
86 DOMESKY Michael Kent 86 50.5kg
87 FANJURA (IRE) Anthony Freedman 87 50.5kg
88 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 88 50.5kg
89 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 89 50.5kg
90 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 90 50.5kg
91 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 91 50.5kg
92 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 92 50.5kg
93 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 93 50.5kg
94 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 94 50.5kg
95 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 95 50.5kg
96 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 96 50.5kg
97 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 97 50.5kg
98 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 98 50.5kg
99 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 99 50kg
100 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell 100 50kg
101 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson 101 50kg
102 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 102 50kg
103 ALLANTHUS Brian Jenkins 103 50kg
104 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody 104 50kg
105 ALTIUS Chris Waller 105 50kg
106 AMBER GREY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 106 50kg
107 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 107 50kg
108 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 108 50kg
109 BELLABACI (NZ) Leon Corstens 109 50kg
110 BLACK NINJA (NZ) Leon Corstens 110 50kg
111 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 111 50kg
112 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys 112 50kg
113 BRAYROAN (NZ) Chris Waller 113 50kg
114 BRIDGESTONE (NZ) Neville Parnham 114 50kg
115 BRIGHT HORIZON (GB) Robert Hickmott 115 50kg
116 BRILLIANT LIGHT Kerry Parker 116 50kg
117 BUILDER O’REILLY (NZ) Leon Corstens 117 50kg
118 CHARTREUX David Hayes 118 50kg
119 COLDENS CHOICE Greg Eurell 119 50kg
120 COMPOUND (NZ) Robert Hickmott 120 50kg
121 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 121 50kg
122 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Kevin Myers 122 50kg
123 DANAUPAIR STARLET Patrick Payne 123 50kg
124 DEAD END (NZ) Michael Moroney 124 50kg
125 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 125 50kg
126 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney 126 50kg
127 DON CARLOS (GER) Michael Moroney 127 50kg
128 DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 128 50kg
129 DUBLIN DARLIN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 129 50kg
130 EAU DE DALI Shaun Dwyer 130 50kg
131 ELMS Robert Hickmott 131 50kg
132 ELUSIVE KING Peter G Moody 132 50kg
133 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 133 50kg
134 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 134 50kg
135 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 135 50kg
136 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 136 50kg
137 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 137 50kg
138 FINIGUERRA Darryl Dodson 138 50kg
139 FLAT CHAT John Sadler 139 50kg
140 FOREVERCLEVER (NZ) Shane A Edwards 140 50kg
141 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy 141 50kg
142 GALIZANI John P Thompson 142 50kg
143 GIGINO (NZ) Chris Waller 143 50kg
144 GO WITH THE FLO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 144 50kg
145 GOPANA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 145 50kg
146 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 146 50kg
147 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards 147 50kg
148 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 148 50kg
149 HEIDILICIOUS (NZ) John Sadler 149 50kg
150 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke 150 50kg
151 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 151 50kg
152 HUSSONATOR Darryl Hansen 152 50kg
153 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Robert Hickmott 153 50kg
154 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders 154 50kg
155 IRISH GOLFER (NZ) John Sadler 155 50kg
156 ISHANT Peter G Moody 156 50kg
157 KIM DIVINE Bart Cummings 157 50kg
158 KIM WARRIOR Bart Cummings 158 50kg
159 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller 159 50kg
160 KITTENS Mark Kavanagh 160 50kg
161 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 161 50kg
162 LAMASERY David Vandyke 162 50kg
163 LANGRIDGE STREET Michael Hibbs 163 50kg
164 LETHAL ARROW Peter G Moody 164 50kg
165 LEVECHE (NZ) Bart Cummings 165 50kg
166 LIGHT BRIGADE Gai Waterhouse 166 50kg
167 LONDON STRIPE (IRE) Robert Hickmott 167 50kg
168 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 168 50kg
169 LORDOFTHEPARROTS (NZ) Michael Moroney 169 50kg
170 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 170 50kg
171 MADANG FLYER (NZ) Peter G Moody 171 50kg
172 MANY STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 172 50kg
173 MARAASEEM David Hayes 173 50kg
174 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller 174 50kg
175 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 175 50kg
176 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman 176 50kg
177 MODULE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis 177 50kg
178 MUSHATTA Mark Kavanagh 178 50kg
179 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 179 50kg
180 NEVER FORGET (FR) Luca Cumani 180 50kg
181 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker 181 50kg
182 NIBLICK Robert Hickmott 182 50kg
183 NOBLE PARK (NZ) Michael Moroney 183 50kg
184 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 184 50kg
185 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 185 50kg
186 PENQUIL (NZ) Peter Morgan 186 50kg
187 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy 187 50kg
188 PIERREMONT EXPRESS Gary Searle 188 50kg
189 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 189 50kg
190 PINNACLES Rick Hore-Lacy 190 50kg
191 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 191 50kg
192 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 192 50kg
193 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 193 50kg
194 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 194 50kg
195 RICEMAN Dean Saxon 195 50kg
196 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston 196 50kg
197 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 197 50kg
198 RUSTICATED John Sadler 198 50kg
199 SADALBARI Michael Kent 199 50kg
200 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 200 50kg
201 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins 201 50kg
202 SEPTEMBER MORN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 202 50kg
203 SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 203 50kg
204 SHEAHAN Robert Hickmott 204 50kg
205 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 205 50kg
206 SMOKIN’ JOEY Anthony Freedman 206 50kg
207 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 207 50kg
208 STRATOCRACY Michael Moroney 208 50kg
209 STUDLEY PARK Robert Hickmott 209 50kg
210 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 210 50kg
211 SURFACE TENSION (IRE) Michael Moroney 211 50kg
212 SWEETEST MELODY Gai Waterhouse 212 50kg
213 SWIFT JUDGEMENT Bart Cummings 213 50kg
214 TAKE OUT Ron Johnson 214 50kg
215 TAKE THE MOMENT Leon Corstens 215 50kg
216 TAMANU PARK Bart Cummings 216 50kg
217 TANBY Robert Hickmott 217 50kg
218 TARA MAN Tony McEvoy 218 50kg
219 TEARDROP ROCK Gai Waterhouse 219 50kg
220 TELESMON Chris Waller 220 50kg
221 THE BIG STEEL Matt Laurie 221 50kg
222 THE CHEVRON (NZ) John Sadler 222 50kg
223 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 223 50kg
224 TOM’S ROCKET Joseph Pride 224 50kg
225 TRAIN CRUSHER (NZ) Shane A Edwards 225 50kg
226 UCHIMURA Tony McEvoy 226 50kg
227 VALDEMORO Gai Waterhouse 227 50kg
228 VESPER Robert Hickmott 228 50kg
229 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes 229 50kg
230 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill 230 50kg
231 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 231 50kg
232 WINDSURFER Anthony Cummings 232 50kg
233 YAMAVITE (NZ) Michael Moroney 233 50kg
234 ZAGREB David Hayes 234 50kg
235 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 235 50kg
236 ZAUBERIN Russell Cameron 236 50kg
237 ZENAWOMANN Mark Kavanagh 237 50kg