2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon has been installed as the top-weight for the Caulfield Cup 2013, with the handicaps for one of the feature races of the Spring Racing Carnival released by Racing Victoriathis morning.
The 2013 edition of the Caulfield Cup (2400m) will be run at Caulfield Racecourse on October 19 and there are currently 173 horses in contention to contest the race – all of whom have now been allocated a weight by Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter.
Green Moon finished third behind Southern Speed in the 2011 Caulfield Cup and owner Lloyd Williams to leave the Montjeu entire out of the race last year in order to concentrate on the Cox Plate (2040m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Carpenter said that the top weight for the Caulfield Cup must be allocated 58kg and after his Melbourne Cup victory believes that Green Moon deserves the hefty challenge.
“This year Green Moon is the highest rated horse in the race and has been allocated 58kg,” Carpenter said at the announcement of the weights.
“Only five Melbourne Cup winners have gone on to win the Caulfield Cup in 135 years, but two of those have been in recent times in Dunaden and Viewed who have a similar weight profile to Green Moon should he take up the challenge.
“His return to racing in the Memsie Stakes was outstanding.”
Green Moon will be looking to replicate the feats of Dunaden (2012), Viewed (2009), Rising Fast (1955), Skipton (1943) and Poseidon (1907) who all won the Caulfield Cup the year after winning the Melbourne Cup.
2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux and classy imported stayer Sea Moon have both been allocated 57kg, with Sea Moon’s handicap already generating a great deal of debate between racing experts due to the high ratings that he recorded during his racing career in Europe.
“Sea Moon required considerable thought as the highest weighted non-Group 1 winner, but he was an impressive winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2012 over Dunaden and Red Cadeaux and has been placed in an English St Leger,” Carpenter said.
Red Cadeaux and Sea Moon are followed in the weights by Manighar who has been allocated 56.5kg while 2012 Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente and veteran gelding Metal Bender will both carry 55.5kg if connections elect to run them in the race.
Another interesting handicap was the 55kg allocated to current Caulfield Cup favourite Super Cool who will join very prestigious company if he can carry such a tough weight to victory as a four-year-old.
“The last four-year-old to win with that sort of weight was Sky Heights,” Carpenter said.
“Super Cool was the first three-year-old since Saintly to win the Australian Cup and Saintly was allotted 55.5kg in the Caulfield Cup as a four-year-old, but did not run, instead winning the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.
“He has a challenge ahead of him but his return on Saturday suggests that he might be up to it.”
Dandino and Ethiopia were also allocated 55kg with Carpenter indicating that he believes Dandino is an excellent chance in the Caulfield Cup after his victory in the United States St. Leger last month.
“Dandino has followed the same path as Jakkalberry did last year,” Carpenter said.
“That was a race that he really should have won but he got the job done and won it very impressively.
“He has been in terrific form in the twelve months and if he arrives safe and well 55kg is an attractive handicap for him.”
Other big name entries and their weights are:
- Masked Marvel (54.5kg) – The Macedon Lodge-owned stayer won the Group 1 St Leger Stakes (2937m) in the UK as a three-year-old but is yet to pass the ballot requirements for the Caulfield Cup.
- Beaten Up (54.5kg) – Chris Waller considers the Doomben Cup winner his leading chance for the feature race.
- Simenon (54kg) – The Irish trained stayer is confirmed to arrive in Australia on September 28.
- Jet Away (53.5kg) – Jet Away is undefeated in Australia and is expected to begin his spring campaign in the Underwood Stakes.
- Royal Descent (52.5kg) – The impressive Australian Oaks winner is in the top ten of the Caulfield Cup order of entry despite being allocated a generous weight.
First acceptances for the Caulfield Cup will be taken next Tuesday September 10.
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2013 Caulfield Cup Weights
Caulfield Racecourse – 19/10/2012
|1||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||1||58kg||1|
|2||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||2||57kg||2|
|3||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||3||57kg||2|
|4||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||4||56.5kg||2.5|
|5||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||5||55.5kg||3.5|
|6||METAL BENDER (NZ)||Chris Waller||6||55.5kg||3.5|
|7||DANDINO (GB)||Marco Botti||7||55kg||4|
|9||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||9||55kg||4|
|10||ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE)||Johnny Murtagh||10||55kg||4|
|11||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||11||55kg||4|
|12||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||12||55kg||2.5|
|13||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||13||54.5kg||4.5|
|14||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||14||54.5kg||4.5|
|15||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||15||54.5kg||4.5|
|16||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||16||54.5kg||4.5|
|17||VERY NICE NAME (FR)||Alban de Mieulle||17||54.5kg||4.5|
|18||WALDPARK (GER)||Anthony Freedman||18||54.5kg||4.5|
|19||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||19||54kg||5|
|20||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||20||54kg||5|
|21||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||21||54kg||5|
|22||NOW WE CAN (GB)||Nicolas Clement||22||54kg||5|
|23||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||23||54kg||5|
|24||SIMENON (IRE)||William Mullins||24||54kg||5|
|27||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes||27||53.5kg||5.5|
|28||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||28||53.5kg||5.5|
|29||MAIN SEQUENCE (USA)||David Lanigan||29||53.5kg||5.5|
|30||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||30||53.5kg||5.5|
|31||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||31||53.5kg||5.5|
|32||TOP TRIP (GB)||Francois Doumen||32||53.5kg||5.5|
|33||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Pat Carey||33||53kg||6|
|34||FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)||Nicky Henderson||34||53kg||6|
|36||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||36||53kg||6|
|37||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Joseph Pride||37||53kg||6|
|38||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||38||53kg||4.5|
|39||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||39||53kg||6|
|40||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||40||53kg||6|
|41||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||41||52.5kg||6.5|
|42||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||42||52.5kg||6.5|
|43||KESAMPOUR (FR)||Peter G Moody||43||52.5kg||6.5|
|44||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||44||52.5kg||6.5|
|45||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||45||52.5kg||6.5|
|46||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||46||52.5kg||6.5|
|47||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||47||52.5kg||5|
|48||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||48||52.5kg||3.5|
|49||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||49||52.5kg||6.5|
|50||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||50||52kg||7|
|52||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||52||52kg||7|
|53||SUN CENTRAL (IRE)||William Haggas||53||52kg||7|
|54||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||54||52kg||7|
|55||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||55||51.5kg||4.5|
|56||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||56||51.5kg||7.5|
|57||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Pat Carey||57||51.5kg||7.5|
|58||MICHELANGELO (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||58||51.5kg||7.5|
|60||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||60||51.5kg||7.5|
|61||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||61||51kg||8|
|62||HARTANI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||62||51kg||8|
|64||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||64||51kg||8|
|66||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||66||51kg||8|
|68||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody||68||51kg||8|
|69||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||69||51kg||8|
|70||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||70||51kg||8|
|71||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||71||51kg||6.5|
|72||BIOGRAPHER (GB)||David Lanigan||72||50.5kg||8.5|
|73||BIT OF HELL (IRE)||Mick Price||73||50.5kg||8.5|
|74||HAMMERFEST (GB)||John Hammond||74||50.5kg||8.5|
|75||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||75||50.5kg||8.5|
|76||TREVIERES (FR)||Markus Nigge||76||50.5kg||8.5|
|77||WHISPER DOWNS||David Hayes||77||50.5kg||8.5|
|78||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker||78||50kg||8|
|81||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||81||50kg||9|
|82||ARIBAA (GB)||Mark Kavanagh||82||50kg||9|
|83||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||83||50kg||8|
|84||AVA’S DELIGHT||Darren Weir||84||50kg||9|
|85||AWARD SEASON (IRE)||Kris Lees||85||50kg||9|
|87||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||87||50kg||9|
|88||BELLS OF TROY||Wendy Kelly||88||50kg||9|
|89||CASTLZEBERG (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||89||50kg||9|
|90||CELTIC FANTASY||Craig Ritchie||90||50kg||9|
|91||COLOUR MY WORLD (FR)||David Vandyke||91||50kg||9|
|92||COMMISSION (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||92||50kg||9|
|93||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price||93||50kg||9|
|94||DE FINE LAGO||Tony Vasil||94||50kg||9|
|96||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||96||50kg||9|
|99||FIFTH COLUMN||Gerard Betros||99||50kg||9|
|100||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||100||50kg||9|
|101||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||101||50kg||9|
|102||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||102||50kg||9|
|104||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes||104||50kg||9|
|105||HATHRAS (GB)||Kris Lees||105||50kg||9|
|106||HEEZ NOTORIOUS||Nigel Blackiston||106||50kg||9|
|107||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||107||50kg||9|
|108||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||108||50kg||8.5|
|109||HISTORY NO HURDLE (NZ)||Stephen Hutchinson||109||50kg||9|
|111||JUST AS COSMIC||Steven Wilson||111||50kg||9|
|112||KEEP COOL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||112||50kg||9|
|113||KEYARNA BLUE (NZ)||Pat Hyland||113||50kg||9|
|114||KIM WARRIOR||Bart & James Cummings||114||50kg||9|
|115||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Adam Durrant||115||50kg||9|
|116||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||116||50kg||8.5|
|117||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney||117||50kg||9|
|118||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||118||50kg||9|
|119||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||119||50kg||9|
|120||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||120||50kg||9|
|121||LUCKY ANGEL||Tony Vasil||121||50kg||9|
|122||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller||122||50kg||9|
|123||MARS (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||123||50kg||8|
|124||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney||124||50kg||9|
|125||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||125||50kg||9|
|126||NEVIS (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||126||50kg||9|
|127||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||127||50kg||7.5|
|128||ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE)||Andre Fabre||128||50kg||9|
|129||OPINION (IRE)||Sir Michael Stoute||129||50kg||9|
|130||ORMOND ROAD (NZ)||Tony Bambry||130||50kg||9|
|132||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||132||50kg||9|
|133||PACKING EMPIRE (NZ)||David Hayes||133||50kg||9|
|134||PERFECT PERIDOT||Adrian Harrison||134||50kg||9|
|136||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||136||50kg||9|
|137||RANKED (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||137||50kg||9|
|138||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||138||50kg||9|
|139||SAGHANN (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||139||50kg||9|
|140||SAHARA SUN (CHI)||Ciaron Maher||140||50kg||9|
|141||SALON SOLDIER (GER)||Kris Lees||141||50kg||9|
|143||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kerry Parker||143||50kg||9|
|144||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||144||50kg||9|
|145||SHARALAM (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||145||50kg||9|
|147||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Craig Ritchie||147||50kg||9|
|148||SLADE DE CERISY (FR)||David Hayes||148||50kg||9|
|150||ST MARK (NZ)||Michael Kent||150||50kg||9|
|151||STAR OF TRALEE (NZ)||David Hayes||152||50kg||9|
|152||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||151||50kg||9|
|153||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam||153||50kg||9|
|154||STENCIVE (GB)||William Haggas||154||50kg||9|
|155||STUDIO (USA)||Chris Waller||155||50kg||9|
|156||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||156||50kg||8|
|157||TENBY LADY (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||157||50kg||9|
|158||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||158||50kg||8|
|159||TO THE WIRE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||159||50kg||9|
|160||TONOPAH (USA)||Craig Ritchie||160||50kg||9|
|161||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||161||50kg||9|
|162||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||162||50kg||9|
|163||WEISSMULLER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell||163||50kg||9|
|164||WHY NOT (GER)||David Hayes||164||50kg||9|
|165||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes||165||50kg||9|
|166||YOU ARE MY WORLD (FR)||Tony McEvoy||166||50kg||9|
|167||YOUR HONOUR||Greg Eurell||167||50kg||9|
|168||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney||168||50kg||9|
|169||ZANTECO (NZ)||Pat Carey||169||50kg||9|
|170||ZOOMANIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||170||50kg||9|
|171||ZUTERO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||171||50kg||9|
|172||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||172||49kg||9|