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 $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
|1||ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN)||Tomoyuki Umeda||1||58kg||1.5|
|2||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||2||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|