2013 Melbourne Cup Weights – Puissance De Lune with 54.5kg

Weights for the ‘race that stops a nation’ the Melbourne Cup 2013 this November are now out with the early favourite Puissance De Lune allocated 54.5kg.

Puissance De Lune

Current Melbourne Cup 2013 favourite Puissance De Lune has been allocated 54.5kg in the initial weights. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Running as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 5, the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) has 134 hopefuls vying for a start in the capacity 24 starter final field.

Favourite of those is Darren Weir’s Shamardal grey Puissance De Lune, the five-year-old paying $7 in the latest Melbourne Cup betting odds after their narrow second to Foreteller in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last start on September 7.

Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager of Racing and Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter admitted that they had a tough time determining what weight to allocate the favourite who will be ridden by triple Melbourne Cup winning hoop Glen Boss.

The 2013 Melbourne Cup top-weight meanwhile is 2011 winner Dunaden who has been allocated 58.5kg.

Mikel Delzangles’ Nicobar stallion became the second French-trained horse in as many years, following Americain in 2010, to win the iconic Melbourne Cup when carrying 54.5kg to the tightest victory in history over Red Cadeaux.

They returned to defend their title last year but could only manage to finish 10 lengths away 14th to the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon with a hefty 59kg on their back after earlier winning the Caulfield Cup.

Connections have confirmed the now seven-year-old will make a third Melbourne Cup Carnival appearance this spring following their unplaced run behind Japanese winner Orfevre in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) at Longchamp over the weekend.

If successful this spring Duanden will become the first legend since Peter Pan (1932-34) to win dual Melbourne Cups on non-consecutive years.

“Dunaden has been allotted the topweight for the second year running, however I have reduced his weight by 0.5kg to 58.5kg in recognition of the fact he was beaten almost 10 lengths by Green Moon in last year’s race when favourite,” Carpenter said.

“Whilst Dunaden enjoys a weight reduction, history still presents a significant challenge as no original topweight has won the Cup since Comic Court in 1950.

“In fact 20 of them have tried and not one of them has placed so he will rightly claim a place in history if triumphant.”

Runner-up to Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup with only 53.5kg, Red Cadeaux is also likely for another shot this year allocated 56.5kg.

They too were here last year when eighth with 55.5kg behind Green Moon.

Reigning Melbourne Cup champion Green Moon meanwhile had 54.5kg and this year goes up to 57.5kg as the second heaviest weighted galloper for the 2013 edition.

“Green Moon was allotted 53.5kg, but the record books will show that Brett Prebble rode 1kg overweight to win the 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg,” Carpenter explained.

“From a handicapping viewpoint he rises 4kg to 57.5kg which is 0.5kg less than Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) were asked to carry the year after winning their Cup.”

Their highly fancied stablemate Sea Moon then has 56.5kg, the Beat Hollow stallion missing the start badly in their down under debut when 12th of 14 in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Runner-up in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last November in their Australian debut, the Gai Waterhouse-trained import Fiorente is currently occupying the second line of Melbourne Cup betting now paying $8.

The son of Monson resumed for the season last Saturday at Moonee Valley and were the narrow winner of the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

“The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente, who was most impressive winning the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Saturday, rises 1.5kg on his second placing 12 months ago, but does meet Green Moon 1.5kg better for that defeat,” Carpenter said.

“Fiorente is striving to become the fifth horse to win the Cup a year after running second, with grand mare Empire Rose the last to do it in 1988 when carrying 53.5kg to victory.”

Other top fancies in the latest Melbourne Cup odds and their weight allocations then include the aforementioned Sea Moon ($10), the Chris Waller-trained Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur ($14) with 53.5kg and the Luca Cumani-trained British galloper Mount Athos ($19) on 54kg which they had last year when fifth in the Cup.

Hawkspur is the top fancied four-year-old in this year’s Melbourne Cup, other notable chances that age being Murray Baker’s multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi It’s A Dundeel (56kg) who has the same allocation then four-year-old So You Think had in 2010 and the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool (54.5kg).

Also in that group is Waller’s Australian Oaks champion Royal Descent with just 52kg.

Racing Victoria’s international recruiter Leigh Jordon believes there could be around six to eight final international Melbourne Cup acceptors this year, the 153rd edition marking 20 years since its first international winner Vintage Crop – as pointed out by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Michael Burn.

“The release of the weights confirms the high quality of this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup entries,” Burn said.

“We are excited to see such a depth of talent amongst the entries, both Australian and international, as we mark 20 years since the first international winner of the Cup, Vintage Crop.”

Outside of Mount Athos the next best fancied raiders are Brown Panther ($21) with 55kg, Marco Botti’s Australian-owned 54.5kg chance Dandino ($21), the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Royal Empire ($26) on 54kg and William Mullins’ 53.5kg light-weight Simenon ($26).

Melbourne Cup first acceptances are no due out on October 8 so stay tuned.

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2013 Melbourne Cup Weights

Flemington Race 7 – 05/11/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 1 58.5kg 1
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 2 57.5kg 2
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 3 56.5kg 3
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 4 56.5kg 3
5 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 5 56kg 2
6 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 6 56kg 3.5
7 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe 7 55kg 4.5
8 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 8 55kg 4.5
9 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 9 55kg 4.5
10 JOSHUA TREE (IRE) Ed Dunlop 10 55kg 4.5
11 AHZEEMAH (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 11 54.5kg 5
12 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 12 54.5kg 5
13 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 13 54.5kg 5
14 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 14 54.5kg 5
15 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 15 54.5kg 5
16 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 16 54.5kg 5
17 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 54.5kg 5
18 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 18 54.5kg 3.5
19 BAYRIR (FR) Chris Waller 19 54kg 5.5
20 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 20 54kg 5.5
21 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 21 54kg 5.5
22 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani 22 54kg 5.5
23 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 23 54kg 5.5
24 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Dermot K Weld 24 54kg 4
25 WALDPARK (GER) Anthony Freedman 25 54kg 5.5
26 CARLTON HOUSE (USA) Gai Waterhouse 26 53.5kg 6
27 ERNEST HEMINGWAY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 27 53.5kg 6
28 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 28 53.5kg 6
29 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 29 53.5kg 4.5
30 MR MOET Adam Durrant 30 53.5kg 6
31 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 31 53.5kg 6
32 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins 32 53.5kg 6
33 TANBY Robert Hickmott 33 53.5kg 6
34 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 34 53kg 6.5
35 JET AWAY (GB) David Hayes 35 53kg 6.5
36 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 36 53kg 6.5
37 MAIN SEQUENCE (USA) David Lanigan 37 53kg 6.5
38 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 38 53kg 6.5
39 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 39 53kg 6.5
40 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 40 53kg 5
41 BRIGANTIN (USA) Pat Carey 41 52.5kg 7
42 COLOUR VISION (FR) Saeed Bin Suroor 42 52.5kg 7
43 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) Nicky Henderson 43 52.5kg 7
44 LEADING LIGHT (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 44 52.5kg 3
45 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 45 52.5kg 7
46 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 46 52.5kg 5.5
47 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 47 52.5kg 7
48 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 48 52kg 7.5
49 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 49 52kg 7.5
50 KESAMPOUR (FR) Peter G Moody 50 52kg 7.5
51 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 51 52kg 7.5
52 PAKAL (GER) Mick Price 52 52kg 7.5
53 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 53 52kg 7.5
54 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent 54 52kg 6
55 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 55 52kg 4.5
56 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 56 52kg 7.5
57 SONGCRAFT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 57 52kg 7.5
58 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 58 51.5kg 8
59 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59 51.5kg 8
60 SUN CENTRAL (IRE) William Haggas 60 51.5kg 8
61 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan 61 51.5kg 8
62 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 62 51kg 5.5
63 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 63 51kg 8.5
64 LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE) Pat Carey 64 51kg 8.5
65 MELEAGROS (IRE) Alan Couetil 65 51kg 8.5
66 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 66 51kg 8.5
67 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 67 51kg 8.5
68 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 68 51kg 4.5
69 BIOGRAPHER (GB) David Lanigan 69 50.5kg 9
70 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 70 50.5kg 9
71 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 71 50.5kg 9
72 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke 72 50.5kg 9
73 MOTIVADO (GB) David Hayes 73 50.5kg 9
74 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 74 50.5kg 9
75 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 75 50.5kg 9
76 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 76 50.5kg 9
77 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell 77 50kg 9.5
78 ANGOLA Pat Carey 78 50kg 9.5
79 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 79 50kg 9.5
80 ARIBAA (GB) Mark Kavanagh 80 50kg 9.5
81 AWARD SEASON (IRE) Kris Lees 81 50kg 9.5
82 BACHELOR ROYAL (NZ) Andrew J Payne 82 50kg 9.5
83 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 83 50kg 9.5
84 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 84 50kg 9.5
85 BIT OF HELL (IRE) Mick Price 85 50kg 9.5
86 BONO VOX David Hayes 86 50kg 9.5
87 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Peter Chapple-Hyam 87 50kg 9.5
88 CASTLZEBERG (NZ) Danny O’Brien 88 50kg 9.5
89 CHARLESTON LADY (GB) David Vandyke 89 50kg 9.5
90 DANAS BEST Gai Waterhouse 90 50kg 9.5
91 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston 91 50kg 9.5
92 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 92 50kg 9.5
93 FOUNDRY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 93 50kg 9
94 FRUEHLING (IRE) Anthony Freedman 94 50kg 9.5
95 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney 95 50kg 9.5
96 GERONTIUS David Hayes 96 50kg 9.5
97 GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 97 50kg 9.5
98 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes 98 50kg 9.5
99 HAMMERFEST (GB) John Hammond 99 50kg 9.5
100 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 100 50kg 9
101 KEEP COOL (NZ) Danny O’Brien 101 50kg 9.5
102 KINGDOMS (NZ) John O’Shea 102 50kg 8.5
103 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 103 50kg 9
104 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil 104 50kg 9.5
105 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 105 50kg 8
106 ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Andre Fabre 106 50kg 9.5
107 OPINION (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 107 50kg 9.5
108 OUR DESERT WARRIOR Gai Waterhouse 108 50kg 9.5
109 PACKING EMPIRE (NZ) David Hayes 109 50kg 9.5
110 PALE MIMOSA (IRE) Dermot K Weld 110 50kg 8.5
111 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell 111 50kg 9.5
112 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 112 50kg 9.5
113 PRACTICED Robert Hickmott 113 50kg 9.5
114 RANKED (IRE) Robert Hickmott 114 50kg 9.5
115 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker 115 50kg 9.5
116 SAGHANN (IRE) Anthony Freedman 116 50kg 9.5
117 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Ciaron Maher 117 50kg 9.5
118 SALON SOLDIER (GER) Kris Lees 118 50kg 9.5
119 SHARALAM (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 119 50kg 9.5
120 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 120 50kg 8.5
121 SIERRA NEVADA (NZ) Richard Otto 121 50kg 9.5
122 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Craig Ritchie 122 50kg 9.5
123 STAR OF TRALEE (NZ) David Hayes 124 50kg 9.5
124 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 123 50kg 9.5
125 TALENT SHOW Graeme Ballantyne 125 50kg 9
126 TENBY LADY (USA) Gai Waterhouse 126 50kg 9.5
127 TONOPAH (USA) Craig Ritchie 127 50kg 9.5
128 TREVIERES (FR) Markus Nigge 128 50kg 9.5
129 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 129 50kg 9.5
130 WARWARICK David Hayes 130 50kg 9.5
131 WHY NOT (GER) David Hayes 131 50kg 9.5
132 WIND BENDER Chris Waller 132 50kg 9.5
133 WROTHAM HEATH (GB) David Hayes 133 50kg 9.5
134 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 134 49kg 9.5

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