As was the case with the Caulfield Cup weights released earlier this month, the Melbourne Cup 2012 weights that were released by Racing Victoria on Tuesday are headed by the past two winners of the ‘race that stops a nation’ with Americain and Dunaden heading the handicaps.
The French-trained duo have both been allocated 58kg for this year’s edition of the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), the world’s richest handicap to light up Flemington Racecourse as Race 7 on Tuesday November 6, 2012.
During the 2010 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain, now seven, became the first horse prepared in France to take out the Melbourne Cup by over three lengths.
Americain carried 54.5kg to their Melbourne Cup victory two years ago and this year will look to become a multiple winner of the famous feature carrying 58kg which they had on their back when an eye-catching fourth last year.
Twelve months ago the French reigned supreme again when Mikel Delzangle’s Nicobar stallion Dunaden held on in the race’s tightest ever finish to defeat Red Cadeaux by the narrowest of margins in last year’s Melbourne Cup carrying 54.5kg.
Duanden currently occupies the third line of Melbourne Cup betting at bookmaker.com.au paying $13 while Americain is rated an $18 chance.
If either Americain or Dunaden succeeds on the first Tuesday of November they will become the first internationally-trained galloper to win the race twice.
Making their task of become just the sixth multiple Meloburne Cup winner in history is the weight with only the great Makybe Diva (58kg in 2005) and Think Big (58.5kg, 1975) carrying 58kg or more to victory since the introduction of the metric system in 1972 – 34 others have tried.
“The allocation of 58kg to both Americain and Dunaden represents a significant challenge to both horses, given only two horses have carried that weight or more to victory in the past 40 years,” Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said.
“The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden won the 2011 Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg and he rises 3.5kg in the weights to 58kg. This is the same progression Americain made after winning the 150th Cup in 2010.
“The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain ran an outstanding fourth behind Dunaden last year with 58kg, when beaten just under 1.5 lengths, and he takes the same weight this year.”
The next heaviest-weighted of the current Melbourne Cup entries are then:
- Manighar (57kg) – Peter Moody’s triple Group 1 winner resumed with an excellent second to reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the Flemington mile on September 8, race again in the Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield this Saturday as they prepare for their third shot at the Melbourne Cup – they are weighted three kilos more than they carried to fifth last year
- Jukebox Jury (56kg) – English stallion owned by Aussie connections flopped when 20th in last year’s Melbourne Cup but is being spruiked as one to watch in 2012
- More Joyous (56kg) – Very slim chance Gai Waterhouse’s multiple elite level champ will go to the Melbourne Cup with her grand final more likely to be the Cox Plate over a more suitable 2040m in October
- Jakkalberry (55kg) – Another Aussie-owned raider, Mark Botti’s six-year-old caught the eye last time out when winning the American St Leger in Arlington
- Red Cadeaux (55.5kg) – Was only just nudged out of an upset Melbourne Cup win last spring, Ed Dunlop’s Newmarket galloper has been racing consistently inside the top three in England during their last prep, go up two kilos from their Melbourne Cup weight in 2011
- Winchester (55.5kg) – John Sadler-trained American import boasts four Group / Grade 1 victories and is set to debut down under in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday
History is also against Red Cadeaux as only Empire Rose (1988), Gold And Black (1977) and Carbine (1890) came back to win the Melbourne Cup after running second the year before.
Melbourne Cup odds meanwhile are led by Luca Cumani’s Montjeu gelding Mount Athos ($11) who has won their last three races back home in Britain including the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) on August 18 when carrying 59kg.
They are sure to appreciate then their far more manageable 54kg Melbourne Cup handicap.
The other top Melbourne Cup fancy is then $12 second elect Green Moon ($12) who is currently a 53.5kg light-weight to win Australia’s most famous race.
The Lloyd Williams-owned five-year-old ran second in last year’s Caulfield Cup and looks in flying form for a big finish this spring after their devastatingly close second-up performance when beaten a nose by Happy Trails when carrying 59kg in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
Other notable Melbourne Cup nominees and their weight allocations include French galloper Brigantin (53kg) who ran second in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay, the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Colour Vision (55kg) who finished a disappointing seventh in the Doncaster Cup (3621m) in Britain over the weekend, December Draw (55kg), 2010 runner-up Maluckyday (53.5kg) and Cumani’s Galileo stallion Quest For Peace (53.5kg).
The complete 2012 Melbourne Cup weights and ballot can be found below.
Melbourne Cup first acceptances are due to be taken on Tuesday October 9, 2012 narrowing down the list of hopefuls from the 151 nominations.
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2012 Melbourne Cup Weights & Ballot
Flemington Race 7 – 06/11/2012
|1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||1||58kg||1.5|
|2||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||2||58kg||1.5|
|3||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||3||57kg||2.5|
|4||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||4||56kg||3.5|
|5||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||5||56kg||2|
|6||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||6||55.5kg||4|
|7||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||7||55.5kg||4|
|8||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||8||55.5kg||4|
|9||COLOUR VISION (FR)||Saeed Bin Suroor||9||55kg||4.5|
|10||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||10||55kg||4.5|
|11||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||11||55kg||4.5|
|12||RITE OF PASSAGE (GB)||Dermot K Weld||12||55kg||4.5|
|13||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||13||55kg||4.5|
|14||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||14||54.5kg||5|
|15||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||15||54.5kg||3.5|
|16||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||16||54kg||5.5|
|17||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||17||54kg||5.5|
|18||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||18||54kg||5.5|
|19||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||19||54kg||5.5|
|20||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||20||54kg||5.5|
|22||FIORENTE (IRE)||Michael Stoute||22||53.5kg||6|
|23||GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||23||53.5kg||6|
|24||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||24||53.5kg||6|
|25||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||25||53.5kg||6|
|26||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||26||53.5kg||6|
|27||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||27||53.5kg||6|
|28||QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani||28||53.5kg||6|
|29||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||29||53.5kg||6|
|30||TAC DE BOISTRON (FR)||Michael Kent||30||53.5kg||6|
|31||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Andre Fabre||31||53kg||6.5|
|32||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller||32||53kg||6.5|
|34||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||34||53kg||5|
|36||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||36||53kg||6.5|
|38||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||38||53kg||6.5|
|39||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||39||53kg||6.5|
|40||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||40||53kg||6.5|
|41||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||41||53kg||6.5|
|42||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||42||53kg||6.5|
|43||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||43||52.5kg||7|
|45||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||45||52.5kg||7|
|46||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||46||52.5kg||5.5|
|47||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||47||52.5kg||7|
|48||WILLING FOE (USA)||Saeed Bin Suroor||48||52.5kg||7|
|50||SAPPHIRE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||50||52kg||6|
|53||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||53||52kg||6|
|54||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||54||51.5kg||6.5|
|55||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden||55||51.5kg||8|
|56||IBICENCO (GER)||Luca Cumani||56||51.5kg||8|
|57||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Jim Conlan||57||51.5kg||8|
|58||SHAHWARDI (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||58||51.5kg||8|
|59||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||59||51.5kg||8|
|60||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||60||51.5kg||8|
|61||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||61||51kg||7|
|63||SINGLE MINDED (NZ)||Graham Richardson||63||51kg||8.5|
|64||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller||64||51kg||8.5|
|65||BUXTED (IRE)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||65||50.5kg||9|
|66||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||66||50.5kg||7.5|
|69||AAIM TO PROSPER (IRE)||Brian Meehan||69||50kg||9.5|
|70||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker||70||50kg||8|
|72||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||72||50kg||9.5|
|73||ARALDO (GB)||Paul Harley||73||50kg||9.5|
|74||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes||74||50kg||9.5|
|75||BACK IN BLACK (NZ)||John Steffert||75||50kg||9.5|
|77||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings||77||50kg||9.5|
|78||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes||78||50kg||9.5|
|80||COMMISSION (NZ)||Bart Cummings||80||50kg||9.5|
|81||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey||81||50kg||9.5|
|82||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||82||50kg||9|
|83||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||83||50kg||9.5|
|84||DIAMOND HUNTER (NZ)||Bart Cummings||84||50kg||9.5|
|85||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson||85||50kg||9|
|87||DUBOSC (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||87||50kg||9.5|
|88||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent||88||50kg||9.5|
|89||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||89||50kg||8|
|90||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||90||50kg||9.5|
|91||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes||91||50kg||9|
|92||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||92||50kg||9.5|
|93||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||93||50kg||9.5|
|94||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||94||50kg||9.5|
|95||HARTANI (IRE)||John Oxx||95||50kg||8.5|
|96||I HAVE A DREAM (GB)||Aidan O’Brien||96||50kg||9.5|
|97||I’M JAKE (NZ)||David Brideoake & David Feek||97||50kg||9.5|
|98||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||98||50kg||9.5|
|99||JEROBOAM (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||99||50kg||9.5|
|100||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||100||50kg||9.5|
|101||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke||101||50kg||9.5|
|102||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||102||50kg||9.5|
|103||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody||103||50kg||9.5|
|104||LE BARON (NZ)||Jarrod McLean||104||50kg||9.5|
|105||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||105||50kg||9.5|
|106||LEICA DING||Darren Weir||106||50kg||9|
|107||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||107||50kg||9.5|
|108||MANY STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||108||50kg||9.5|
|110||MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||110||50kg||9.5|
|111||MISS ARTISTIC (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||111||50kg||7.5|
|112||MISS CRISSY (IRE)||Darren Weir||112||50kg||9.5|
|113||MONT DANE||Bart Cummings||113||50kg||9.5|
|114||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||114||50kg||9.5|
|115||MY CHICHARITA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||115||50kg||9.5|
|116||NEVER FORGET (FR)||Peter G Moody||116||50kg||9.5|
|118||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||118||50kg||9.5|
|119||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||119||50kg||9.5|
|120||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||120||50kg||9.5|
|121||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||121||50kg||6.5|
|122||RAPIDUS (NZ)||Bart Cummings||122||50kg||9.5|
|123||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||123||50kg||9.5|
|124||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||124||50kg||9.5|
|125||ROSELLO (GER)||Leon Corstens||125||50kg||9.5|
|127||SAGHANN (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||127||50kg||9.5|
|128||SAINT DESIR (GB)||Tony McEvoy||128||50kg||9.5|
|129||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Jim Conlan||129||50kg||9.5|
|130||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||130||50kg||9.5|
|131||SEAN BAILE MOR||Todd Balfour||131||50kg||9.5|
|132||SHARALAM (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||132||50kg||9.5|
|133||SIMPRE ARRIBA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||133||50kg||9.5|
|134||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse||134||50kg||9.5|
|135||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy||135||50kg||9.5|
|136||TENNO (NZ)||Michael Kent||136||50kg||9.5|
|137||THE CHEVRON (NZ)||John Sadler||137||50kg||9.5|
|138||THUBIAAN (USA)||Chris Waller||138||50kg||9.5|
|139||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||139||50kg||8.5|
|140||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||140||50kg||9.5|
|141||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes||141||50kg||9.5|
|142||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||142||50kg||9.5|
|143||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman||143||50kg||8.5|
|144||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||144||50kg||8.5|
|145||VERDANT (GB)||Robert Smerdon||145||50kg||9.5|
|146||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||146||50kg||9.5|
|147||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||147||50kg||9.5|
|148||ZAMERIT (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||148||50kg||9.5|
|149||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||149||50kg||7.5|
|150||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||150||49kg||9.5|
|151||MY DANCING DUEL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||151||49kg||9.5|