Americain Heads Melbourne Cup 2011 Weights

Defending champion Americain has been allocated the 58kg top-weight for the 2011 Melbourne Cup, Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announcing the handicaps for the famous Flemington feature at a press conference today.

Americain

Defending Melbourne Cup winner Americain is the top-weighted entry for 2011

Alain De Royer Dupre’s reigning Melbourne Cup winner, the French-trained Americain sits at the top of the weights for the $6.2 million two-mile showdown, to run as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 1, and will be forced to carry 3.5kg more than they did to victory last spring.

“Americain was a dominant winner of the race last year in what was one of the most competitive editions of the Melbourne Cup ever staged,” Carpenter said.

“The task of carrying 58kg, an increase of 3.5kg on his weight in 2010 provides a significant challenge, as it should, in his bid to win successive Cups.”

After a disappointing loss in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3016m) in France back on August 21, Americain eased in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet and is currently rated a $21 chance of going back-to-back in the world’s richest handicap.

The last horse to win successive editions of the iconic race was the mighty mare Makybe Diva who is the sole galloper in Australian racing history to win three successive Melbourne Cups (2003-2005).

She is also only horse to have carried 58kg or more to a Melbourne Cup win in the last three decades.

Before the Diva, Think Big (1974-75) was the other most recent back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner, Americain out to become the fifth.

Americain is currently stabled in a quarantine facility in the UK and is due to arrive in Australia on September 24.

2012 Melbourne Cup Odds

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Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Following Americain in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup weights are two other Northern Hemisphere-trained raiders with Dangerous Midge on 57.5kg and Jukebox Jury on 57kg.

US stayer Dangerous Midge won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs last November but has a lot of improvement to make after failing last start when beaten over 74 lengths in the Group 1 Sheema Classic (2423m) at Dubai on March 26.

Dangerous Midge sits as a $51 outsider in the Melbourne Cup 2011 odds at Luxbet.

Jukebox Jury hit the headlines this week after the Mark Johnston-trained Irish galloper dead-heated with Duncan to win the Irish St Leger (2816m) at the Curragh carting a hefty 62kg.

The in-form Montjeu grey will be a huge Melbourne Cup contender should they be accepted into the final field as they won the Prix Kergorlay two starts back, the race Americain could only manage to finish 10th in.

Melbourne Cup betting through Luxbet has Jukebox Jury at a juicy quote of $41.

“Jukebox Jury has been in outstanding form in Europe this season having defeated fellow Cup aspirants Americain, Manighar, Dunaden and Red Cadeaux to win the Prix Kergorlay over 3000 metres in France, before sharing the prize with Duncan in Saturday’s Irish St Leger,” Carpenter said.

“He is undefeated at distances beyond 2400 metres and has now won two Group 1 races, as well as being a four time winner at Group 2 level.”

Reigning Caulfield Cup winner Descarado is next in the heaviest-handicapped Melbourne Cup entry with 56kg followed by five horses on 55kg including Chris Waller’s star import My Kingdom Of Fife, the since-retired and out of contention Littorio, and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained British stayer Cavalryman.

Current favourite to become this year’s Melbourne Cup winner is the Danny O’Brien-trained mare Shamrocker.

Paying $11 in the Melbourne Cup markets at Luxbet, Shamrocker has been allocated 52kg in the weights, a nice weight for the four-year-old who won the Australian Guineas – AJC Derby double last season.

The daughter of O’Reilly resumed with an eye-catching eighth to King’s Rose over the unsuitably short Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 27 carrying 56.5kg.

Other early 2011 Melbourne Cup betting favourites and their respective weight allocations include:

  • December Draw ($13 Luxbet): Mark Kavanagh’s imported Medecis five-year-old has won three from three at Flemington since debuting in Australian on May 7, their last by an impressive three and a half lengths over 2000 metres on September 3. Yet to qualify for the Melbourne Cup, still well down the ballot on 50.5kg and will attempt to move up with a win in the Naturalism Stakes this weekend.
  • Scarlett Lady ($14 Luxbet): Queensland Oaks winner down under last season, star Kiwi mare from the stables of Graeme Rogerson makes her Melbourne debut in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Allocated 51kg, which is a light-weight for a mare that usually races with around 56kg.
  • Lion Tamer ($15 Luxbet): Last year’s Victoria Derby winner, another Kiwi contender that is due to return to Australia this weekend in the Underwood Stakes. Given 54kg in Cup weights, bringing them right into contention.
  • Maluckyday ($15 Luxbet): Runner-up to Americain in the 150th Melbourne Cup with 51kg, rises to 54kg this year for their second shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’
  • Lucas Cranach ($17 Luxbet): Interesting contender was at triple figure odds in the markets not long ago, is a German stayer who will join the Anthony Freedman clan later this month, has 53.5kg
  • Absolutely ($18 Luxbet): AJC Oaks winner from last year, Mick Kent’s Redoute’s Choice mare races third-up in the Underwood on Saturday and has just 51.5kg in the Melbourne Cup
  • Lights Of Heaven ($18 Luxbet): Peter Moody’s one-time Caulfield Cup favourite Lights Of Heaven has just 51.5kg and is yet to pass the first ballot clause, looking to bounce back after successive defeats

See below for the full list of Melbourne Cup weights 2011.

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2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup Weights

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 58kg
2 DANGEROUS MIDGE (USA) Brian Meehan 57.5kg
3 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 57kg
4 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 56kg
5 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 55kg
6 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 55kg
7 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston 55kg
8 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 55kg
9 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 55kg
10 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 54.5kg
11 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 54.5kg
12 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 54kg
13 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 54kg
14 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 54kg
15 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 54kg
16 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54kg
17 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 54kg
18 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 54kg
19 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 53.5kg
20 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 53.5kg
21 LINTON Robert Hickmott 53.5kg
22 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 53.5kg
23 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 53.5kg
24 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 53.5kg
25 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 53.5kg
26 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston 53kg
27 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 53kg
28 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 53kg
29 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 53kg
30 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 53kg
31 MEEZNAH (USA) David Lanigan 53kg
32 MODUN (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 53kg
33 TRUSTING John P Thompson 53kg
34 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien 53kg
35 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 52.5kg
36 BOB LE BEAU (IRE) Jessica Harrington 52.5kg
37 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 52.5kg
38 GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE) Dermot K Weld 52.5kg
39 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 52.5kg
40 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 52.5kg
41 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 52.5kg
42 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 52.5kg
43 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 52kg
44 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 52kg
45 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 52kg
46 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell 52kg
47 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 52kg
48 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 52kg
49 TED SPREAD (GB) Mark Tompkins 52kg
50 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 52kg
51 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 51.5kg
52 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 51.5kg
53 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 51.5kg
54 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 51.5kg
55 SENSE OF PURPOSE (IRE) Dermot K Weld 51.5kg
56 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers 51.5kg
57 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 51kg
58 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 51kg
59 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 51kg
60 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 51kg
61 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 51kg
62 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51kg
63 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 51kg
64 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 51kg
65 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 51kg
66 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 51kg
67 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 51kg
68 SYREON Chris Waller 51kg
69 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney 51kg
70 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 50.5kg
71 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 50.5kg
72 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 50.5kg
73 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 50.5kg
74 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 50.5kg
75 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 50.5kg
76 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 50.5kg
77 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 50.5kg
78 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 50.5kg
79 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 50.5kg
80 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 50kg
81 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson 50kg
82 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg
83 ALLANTHUS Brian Jenkins 50kg
84 ALTIUS Chris Waller 50kg
85 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 50kg
86 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 50kg
87 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 50kg
88 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 50kg
89 BRUSHING (GB) Mark Tompkins 50kg
90 BUILDER O’REILLY (NZ) Leon Corstens 50kg
91 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 50kg
92 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Kevin Myers 50kg
93 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney 50kg
94 DON CARLOS (GER) Michael Moroney 50kg
95 DON DOMINGO (NZ) Graham Richardson 50kg
96 DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 50kg
97 DUBLIN DARLIN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 50kg
98 EMAS (NZ) Ciaron Maher 50kg
99 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 50kg
100 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 50kg
101 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 50kg
102 FINIGUERRA Darryl Dodson 50kg
103 GALIZANI John P Thompson 50kg
104 GO WITH THE FLO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg
105 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg
106 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards 50kg
107 HEAD NORTH Jason Warren 50kg
108 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 50kg
109 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke 50kg
110 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 50kg
111 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith 50kg
112 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake 50kg
113 ILE DE RE (FR) Ian Williams 50kg
114 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders 50kg
115 ISHANT Peter G Moody 50kg
116 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller 50kg
117 KITTENS Mark Kavanagh 50kg
118 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 50kg
119 LAMASERY David Vandyke 50kg
120 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 50kg
121 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 50kg
122 MANY STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 50kg
123 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller 50kg
124 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 50kg
125 MODULE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis 50kg
126 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 50kg
127 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 50kg
128 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 50kg
129 MUSHATTA Mark Kavanagh 50kg
130 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 50kg
131 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 50kg
132 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 50kg
133 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 50kg
134 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 50kg
135 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 50kg
136 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 50kg
137 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 50kg
138 REPRISAL David Hayes 50kg
139 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg
140 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston 50kg
141 SADDLE THE STARS Chris Ryan 50kg
142 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 50kg
143 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins 50kg
144 SEPTEMBER MORN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg
145 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 50kg
146 SIERRA NEVADA (NZ) Richard Otto 50kg
147 SIMPRE ARRIBA (NZ) Ciaron Maher 50kg
148 SPLENDID HONOURS Paul Perry 50kg
149 STRATOCRACY Michael Moroney 50kg
150 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 50kg
151 SWOOPER Darryl Dodson 50kg
152 TAMANU PARK Bart Cummings 50kg
153 TANBY Robert Hickmott 50kg
154 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 50kg
155 TRAIN CRUSHER (NZ) Shane A Edwards 50kg
156 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg
157 VESPER Robert Hickmott 50kg
158 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes 50kg
159 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg
160 ZAGREB David Hayes 50kg
161 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 50kg
162 AMICI NERO Lindsey Smith 49kg