2014 Melbourne Cup Weights Released – Admire Rakti Top Weight

Melbourne Cup 2014 weights for the world’s richest handicap clash have been released by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter today with Japanese raider and top fancied of the internationals Admire Rakti allocated the 58kg top weight.

The Offer

2014 Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer looks well weighted with 56.5kg for the November 4 classic. Photo: Steve Hart.

The $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), known around the world as the ‘race that stops a nation’, will light up Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday November 4 and Hearth’s Cry stallion Admire Rakti will carry the top impost in a year Carpenter described as a “transitional year”.

In recent years past Melbourne Cup champions have headed the weights including Americain (2010), Dunaden (2011) and Green Moon (2012).

This year however a new group of horses come through creating opportunities for fresh faces to feature in the classic.

Admire Rakti has been very popular in Melbourne Cup betting occupying the second line of the markets and will be kept safe by the bookies despite the top weight allocation today.

He ran fourth to Gentildonna in the Group 1 Japan Cup (2413m) last year and ran a lovely second ty star Japanese galloper Gold Ship in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (3016m) in March but was unplaced last time out when 13th in the Tenno Sho over the two miles in May.

2014 Melbourne Cup Top Weights

Admire Rakti (58kg) – Similar form to the sole Japanese-trained Melbourne Cup winner to date Delta Blues (2006) who carried 56kg to victory, in quarantine and ready to arrive down under on Saturday.

Red Cadeaux (57kg) – Ed Dunlop-trained British raider will be making history as the first international horse to contest four straight Melbourne Cup victories. A dual runner-up in the Melbourne Cup too including behind Fiorente last year but will be the oldest Melbourne Cup winner in history as a nine-year-old if successful this spring.

Fawkner (57kg) – Robert Hickmott-trained Caulfield Cup winner from last year, ran an excellent first-up second to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and is a high class Group 1 miler. Ran sixth last year to Fiorente last year finishing off well with 54.5kg but the 3200m is again the challenge here.

Green Moon (57kg) – Fellow Hickmott-trained, Lloyd Williams-owned runner, this galloper won the 2012 Melbourne Cup with Brett Prebble aboard carrying 54.5kg but was 21st last year in a disappointing effort carrying 57.5kg. Looking to become the only other non-consecutive dual Melbourne Cup winner along with Peter Pan (1932 and 1934)

International 2014 Melbourne Cup Weights

Cavalryman (57kg) – Godolphin-owned raider prepared by Saeed Bin Suroor who has three times prepared a Melbourne Cup runner-up but not a winner. Ran 12th to Green Moon in the Melbourne Cup two years ago with 54kg and has been weighted in a total of three times. Terrific European summer form but age is against him as a Northern Hemisphere eight-year-old like Red Cadeaux.

Dandino (56.5kg) – Already in quarantine and a $21 chance in betting, Maco Botti’s Dansili stallion a brave fifth with two kilos less to Fiorente in last year’s race on the back of a Caulfield Cup second with this weight (56.5kg).

Bande (56.5kg) – The other Japanese-trained raider in the mix. Ran third in last year’s Japanese St Leger so is a progressive stayer. Was also third behind Gold Ship and Admire Rakti in the Hanshin Daishoten Stakes but really entered the Melbourne Cup picture when an all-the-way, five-length winner first-up over 2600m in August.

Protectionist (56.5kg) – Lightly raced German raider from the internationally performing stables of Andreas Wohler, last seen winning the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) the past five winners of which have travelled down under to race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival including Americain who completed the double in 2010.

Other notable internationally weighted Melbourne Cup chances this year include: Marco Botti’s Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Seismos (56kg), Godolphin’s other entry Willing Foe (55kg) who was runner-up in the Geoffrey Freer before a positive fourth to Brown Panther in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) over the weekend, Ebor winner Mutual Regard (55kg) and the Dermot Weld-trained Pale Mimosa (55kg) who is yet to be officially ruled in or out.

Other Notable Melbourne Cup Weights 2014

The Offer (56.5kg) – Clear favourite in the Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au after back-to-back wins for trainer Gai Waterhouse. The four length Sydney Cup winner over the 3200m in the autumn returned with a nice first-up run at Moonee Valley in the Dato Tan Chin Nam running fifth to The Cleaner and runs in the Underwood at Caulfield this weekend.

Silent Achiever (56.5kg) – Four-time Group 1 winning New Zealand mare prepared by Roger James, she won The BMW – Ranvet Stakes double in Sydney over the autumn and is a big market mover at Ladbrokes.com.au. Runs this weekend in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield ont eh back of a Memsie Stakes fourth.

Puissance de Lune (56kg) – Darren Weir’s galloper is up in the weights but has not yet passed the Melbourne Cup ballot. Could do that by running top three in the Cox Plate but whether he targets the Melbourne Cup is not yet official.

Puccini (54.5kg) – NZ Derby winner looking to become the first since Excellent, who ran third to Makybe Diva in 2005, to run top three in a Melbourne Cup. Prepared by Peter McKay the four-year-old easily won over the weekend back home on the 54kg minimum in a Group 3 over a mile and races once more in New Zealand over 2000m in the Spring Classic before making the trip across the Tasman.

Spillway (54.kg) – David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained import caught the eye when fourth in the Makybe Diva Stakes last weekend under weight-for-age conditions. First objective is the Caulfield Cup on October 18 but could then progress onto the Emirates Melbourne Cup too.

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2014 Melbourne Cup Weights

Flemington Race 7 – 04/11/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda 1 58kg 1.5
2 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 2 57kg 2.5
3 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 2.5
4 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 57kg 2.5
5 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 5 57kg 2.5
6 BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi 6 56.5kg 3
7 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 7 56.5kg 3
8 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 8 56.5kg 3
9 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 9 56.5kg 3
10 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding 10 56.5kg 3
11 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 11 56.5kg 1.5
12 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 12 56.5kg 3
13 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 13 56kg 3.5
14 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 14 56kg 3.5
15 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti 15 56kg 3.5
16 TERRUBI (IRE) David Payne 16 56kg 3.5
17 ESTIMATE (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 17 55.5kg 2.5
18 HILLSTAR (GB) Sir Michael Stoute 18 55.5kg 4
19 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 19 55.5kg 4
20 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 20 55kg 4.5
21 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 21 55kg 4.5
22 PALE MIMOSA (IRE) Dermot K Weld 22 55kg 3
23 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 23 55kg 3
24 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 24 55kg 4.5
25 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 25 55kg 4.5
26 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott 26 54.5kg 5
27 AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian 27 54.5kg 3.5
28 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott 28 54.5kg 5
29 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 29 54.5kg 5
30 LUCKY SPEED (IRE) Peter Schiergen 30 54.5kg 5
31 PAKAL (GER) Mick Price 31 54.5kg 5
32 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 32 54.5kg 5
33 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay 33 54.5kg 3.5
34 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 34 54.5kg 5
35 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 35 54.5kg 5
36 BAGMAN Chris Waller 36 54kg 5.5
37 BLACK TYCOON Darren Weir 37 54kg 5.5
38 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 38 54kg 5.5
39 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 39 54kg 5.5
40 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 40 54kg 5.5
41 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 41 54kg 5.5
42 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 42 54kg 5.5
43 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 43 54kg 5.5
44 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 44 54kg 5.5
45 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 45 54kg 4
46 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 46 54kg 5.5
47 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre 47 53.5kg 6
48 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 48 53.5kg 6
49 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49 53.5kg 6
50 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 50 53.5kg 6
51 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 51 53.5kg 6
52 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 52 53.5kg 6
53 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 53 53kg 6.5
54 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 54 53kg 6.5
55 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 55 53kg 6.5
56 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 56 53kg 6.5
57 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 57 53kg 6.5
58 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 58 53kg 6.5
59 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 59 53kg 3.5
60 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 60 53kg 3.5
61 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 61 53kg 6.5
62 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 62 53kg 5
63 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) David Simcock 63 52.5kg 7
64 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 64 52.5kg 7
65 MANALAPAN (IRE) Patrick Prendergast 65 52.5kg 7
66 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 66 52.5kg 7
67 SIRIUS (GER) Andreas Lowe 67 52.5kg 3.5
68 VAN PERCY (GB) Andrew Balding 68 52.5kg 7
69 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark Webb 69 52kg 7.5
70 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 70 52kg 4.5
71 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 71 51.5kg 8
72 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72 51.5kg 6.5
73 NUNTIUS (GER) Andreas Wohler 73 51.5kg 8
74 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 74 51.5kg 6.5
75 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75 51.5kg 6.5
76 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 76 51kg 8.5
77 ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) Richard Fahey 77 51kg 8.5
78 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 78 51kg 8.5
79 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 79 51kg 8.5
80 COSTUME (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 80 51kg 7
81 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 81 51kg 8.5
82 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Stuart Kittow 82 51kg 7
83 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 83 51kg 8.5
84 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 84 51kg 8.5
85 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 85 50.5kg 9
86 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 86 50.5kg 9
87 BIOGRAPHER (GB) David Lanigan 87 50.5kg 9
88 GALLATIN John O’Shea 88 50.5kg 7.5
89 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 89 50.5kg 7.5
90 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 90 50.5kg 9
91 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 91 50.5kg 9
92 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent 92 50.5kg 9
93 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 93 50.5kg 7.5
94 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 94 50.5kg 9
95 MOBACO (FR) Darren Weir 95 50.5kg 9
96 MOMENT IN TIME (IRE) David Simcock 96 50.5kg 7.5
97 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 97 50.5kg 7.5
98 MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller 98 50.5kg 9
99 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir 99 50.5kg 9
100 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 100 50.5kg 9
101 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 101 50.5kg 9
102 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott 102 50.5kg 9
103 TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller 103 50.5kg 9
104 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 104 50.5kg 9
105 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch 105 50kg 9.5
106 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 106 50kg 9.5
107 ARCHEAN (USA) David Vandyke 107 50kg 9.5
108 ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 108 50kg 9.5
109 AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 109 50kg 9.5
110 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 110 50kg 9.5
111 CAILLEBOTTE (IRE) Mick Price 111 50kg 9.5
112 CANTONESE Neil Dyer 112 50kg 9.5
113 COLONEL CARRERA (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 113 50kg 9.5
114 COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price 114 50kg 9.5
115 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace 115 50kg 9.5
116 DENONINATOR John Symons & Sheila Laxon 116 50kg 9.5
117 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 117 50kg 9.5
118 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 118 50kg 9.5
119 FLEDGED (GB) Tony McEvoy 119 50kg 9.5
120 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 120 50kg 9.5
121 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 121 50kg 9.5
122 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher 122 50kg 9.5
123 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 123 50kg 9.5
124 KINDERGARDEN KID (USA) Robbie Laing 124 50kg 9.5
125 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 125 50kg 6
126 KOURKAM (FR) Tony McEvoy 126 50kg 9.5
127 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 127 50kg 9.5
128 LIVERY (IRE) Robert Smerdon 128 50kg 9.5
129 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie 129 50kg 9.5
130 MANDURO’S SON (IRE) Michael Moroney 130 50kg 9.5
131 MARTIAN (IRE) Tony McEvoy 131 50kg 9.5
132 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 132 50kg 9.5
133 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke 133 50kg 9.5
134 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney 134 50kg 9.5
135 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 135 50kg 9.5
136 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) Kris Lees 136 50kg 9.5
137 PLUTOCRACY (IRE) David Lanigan 137 50kg 9.5
138 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 138 50kg 9.5
139 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 139 50kg 9.5
140 SENNOCKIAN STAR (GB) Mark Johnston 140 50kg 9.5
141 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 141 50kg 9.5
142 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir 142 50kg 9.5
143 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 143 50kg 9.5
144 SUPREMACY (NZ) Andrew Benyan 144 50kg 9.5
145 THUNDERBIRD ONE (NZ) Francis Finnegan 145 50kg 9.5
146 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 146 50kg 9.5
147 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 147 50kg 9.5
148 LIGHT UP MANHATTAN Ciaron Maher 148 49kg 9.5

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