Internationals Top 2016 Caulfield Cup Weights

The Aidan O’Brien-trained duo of Highland Reel and Order Of St George have been allocated the equal 58kg top weight for the Caulfield Cup 2016 with handicaps released by Racing Victoria this week.

Highland Reel

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish galloper Highland Reel is one of two 58kg equal top weights for the 2016 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Irish horseman O’Brien has a dozen nominees for this season’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), the lucrative mile and a half handicap running at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 15.

Of his contingent of stayers two are charged with carrying the heaviest impost if accepted with Racing Victoria’s chief handicap Greg Carpenter releasing Caulfield Cup weights on Tuesday.

2016 Caulfield Cup Weights

  • Top Weights: Order Of St George (58kg) and Highland Reel (58kg)
  • Followed by: Preferment (56.5kg) and Prince Of Penzance (56.5kg)
  • Key 4YO Weights: Tarzino (54kg), Tavago (54kg), Jameka (51.5kg), Sofia Rosa (51kg), Provocative (50.5kg)
  • Notable Local Weights: The United States (55.5kg), Hartnell (55kg), Rising Romance (52.5kg), Alpine Eagle (52.5kg)
  • Notable International Weights: Bondi Beach (55kg), Exosphere (55kg), Scottish (54.5kg), Idaho (53kg), Articus (52.5kg)

Galileo stallion Highland Reel is best known by Australian race fans for his third behind super mare Winx in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

He has subsequently won the Hong Kong Vase and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and is nominated for both the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in 2016.

Bookmakers down under are taking no chances with Highland Reel in all-in Caulfield Cup odds, Ladbrokes.com.au paying $17 for him to win.

Order Of St George meanwhile is at $31 in the latest Caulfield Cup betting markets and is also the $13 early favourite to take out the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Part-owned by goliath Australian racehorse owner and businessman Lloyd Williams, Order Of St George was last seen winning the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial (2816m) a fortnight ago that followed his Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) success from June.

The dour stayer is easing in futures Spring Cups markets in Melbourne however with his heavy Caulfield Cup weight likely to seen connections opt not to bring him to Australia.

Other notable Caulfield Cup weights for O’Brien’s entries include Bondi Beach (55kg), Idaho (53kg) and Housesofparliment (50kg) who also all featured in this week’s 2016 Melbourne Cup nominations.

The only other runners allocated more than 56kg by Carpenter this year are the Chris Waller-trained Preferment (56.5kg) who won the Australian Cup – The BMW double in the autumn and Darren Weir’s reigning Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance (56.5kg).

Last year’s Caulfield Cup placegetters Trip To Paris and Our Ivanhowe are allocated 55kg and 56kg respectively for their 2016 bid.

Ed Dunlop’s British raider Trip To Paris carried the same weight for his second to the since-retired Mongolian Khan in last year’s Caulfield Cup quinella and was last seen running fourth to Quest For More at York in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3319m) on August 19.

The Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe is also allocated the same Caulfield Cup handicap as last year, the now seven-year-old subsequently winning the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane this winter.

Other notable local Caulfield Cup weights include The United States (55.5kg) and Hartnell (55kg) who both race this weekend in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Leading the latest Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $15 meanwhile is the Mick Price-trained Tarzino who is allocated 54kg for October’s classic looking for back-to-back wins by four-year-olds in the race after the success of Mongolian Khan (55kg in 2015).

The VRC Derby winner from last spring raced last weekend with an eighth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) under 58.5kg at weight-for-age and will only improve over more metres this campaign.

Other key four-year-old Caulfield Cup weights this year include the New Zealand-trained ATC Derby winner Tavago (54kg), last year’s VRC Oaks winner Jameka (51.5kg), at ATC Oaks winner Sofia Rosa (51kg) and Queensland Oaks winning Kiwi Provocative (50.5kg).

See below for the complete Caulfield Cup 2016 handicap weights with the first round of acceptances closing at midday next Tuesday, September 6, with markets to be updated soon after at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Caulfield Cup Weights

Caulfield Race 8 – 15/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1531×48212 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg 1
2 x2111x11x1 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 2 58kg 1
3 1907x4110x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 3 56.5kg 2.5
4 855821x2x0 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 4 56.5kg 2.5
5 1x456x9253 ERUPT (IRE) H 5 Francis-Henri Graffard 5 56kg 3
6 9230x5501x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 6 56kg 3
7 2610x5212x THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 7 55.5kg 3.5
8 1220x11x3x BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 8 55kg 4
9 11413×1835 EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 9 55kg 4
10 4x4650x5x2 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 10 55kg 4
11 2135240×34 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop 11 55kg 4
12 01x90324x6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 12 55kg 4
13 12251×3121 SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 13 54.5kg 4.5
14 6x4x231144 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 14 54.5kg 4.5
15 28x332722x HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 15 54kg 5
16 x05x26x34x MANATEE (GB) H 6 John O’Shea 16 54kg 5
17 21111x247x SIMPLE VERSE (IRE) M 5 Ralph Beckett 17 54kg 3.5
18 731x4214x8 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 18 54kg 3.5
19 2113061x TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 54kg 3.5
20 101x9065x8 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 53.5kg 5.5
21 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 21 53.5kg 5.5
22 03x08533x7 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 22 53.5kg 5.5
23 21x7966x53 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 23 53.5kg 5.5
24 4414×10422 PALLASATOR (GB) G 8 Mark Prescott 24 53.5kg 5.5
25 14x8xD21x0 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 25 53.5kg 5.5
26 32314x797x STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 26 53.5kg 5.5
27 5x0x51709x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 27 53.5kg 5.5
28 14×23321 IDAHO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 28 53kg 3
29 23x611653x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 29 53kg 6
30 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 30 53kg 6
31 112x26x5x6 ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 31 52.5kg 6.5
32 114x31215x ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Waldemar Hickst 32 52.5kg 6.5
33 21x0420x0x AWESOME ROCK H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 33 52.5kg 6.5
34 572217x20x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 34 52.5kg 6.5
35 57x80x621x GUARDINI (FR) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 35 52.5kg 6.5
36 7x063540x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 36 52.5kg 5
37 15x11113x0 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 37 52.5kg 5
38 23333×2643 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins 38 52.5kg 6.5
39 57x0955x3x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 52kg 7
40 98046x000x GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 40 52kg 5.5
41 212×241126 LAUNCHED (IRE) H 5 Pascal Bary 41 52kg 7
42 323×111321 BARSANTI (IRE) G 5 Roger Varian 42 51.5kg 7.5
43 1x25x2013x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 43 51.5kg 4.5
44 1x97170x96 ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 44 51.5kg 7.5
45 212111134x HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir 45 51.5kg
46 1x45324x4x JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 46 51.5kg 4.5
47 20×2315159 MAURUS (GB) G 6 Robert Smerdon 47 51.5kg 7.5
48 0x2x31223x NOW WE CAN (GB) H 8 Nicolas Clement 48 51.5kg 7.5
49 333132114x REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 49 51.5kg 6
50 0x25305x9x SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 50 51.5kg 6
51 4212x1322x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 51 51.5kg 7.5
52 x708757x56 TAIYOO G 7 Darren Weir 52 51.5kg 7.5
53 0x4651818x THUNDER FANTASY H 6 Anthony Cummings 53 51.5kg 7.5
54 882x14x454 BATTERSEA (GB) H 6 Roger Varian 54 51kg 8
55 x486x8222x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 55 51kg 8
56 132x1837x8 GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 56 51kg 8
57 415x2018x7 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57 51kg 8
58 48x41211x1 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 58 51kg 6.5
59 x900x1xD2x LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 59 51kg 8
60 6321228x4x LIZARD ISLAND H 4 Pat Hyland 60 51kg 6.5
61 x11120x984 MAGNAPAL G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 61 51kg 8
62 1x2110x0x SHIMRANO (GER) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 62 51kg 8
63 x1F1x121x0 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 63 51kg 5
64 84821x7x00 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 64 51kg 8
65 x509x00715 AU REVOIR (IRE) H 7 Darren Weir 65 50.5kg 8.5
66 0311x4740x AUVRAY (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 66 50.5kg 8.5
67 x5070x67x5 HI WORLD H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 67 50.5kg 8.5
68 10x3419x1x MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 68 50.5kg 7
69 x1x0x0730x OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 69 50.5kg 8.5
70 x61x14124x OLD NORTH H 4 John O’Shea 70 50.5kg 7
71 1416x411x0 PROVOCATIVE (NZ) M 4 Tony Pike 71 50.5kg 5.5
72 816113x88x SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 72 50.5kg 8.5
73 947x400x2x SADLER’S LAKE G 5 Chris Waller 73 50.5kg 8.5
74 111x0649x5 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 74 50.5kg 7
75 31x221x66x ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 75 50kg 9
76 212x1x7x ALOFT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 76 50kg 9
77 69x603116x AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan 77 50kg 9
78 146×511 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 78 50kg 9
79 703x8148x0 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 79 50kg 9
80 18x934153x ARALDO JUNIOR (GER) G 6 Michael Moroney 80 50kg 9
81 x5x8x1153x ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 81 50kg 9
82 0x518108x AURORA’S STAR M 4 Anthony Cummings 82 50kg 9
83 1x0x00915x AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 83 50kg 9
84 760x406x46 AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 84 50kg 9
85 1x22x BATTLECAMP (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 85 50kg 9
86 11x8331x07 BERISHA G 5 Robert Smerdon 86 50kg 9
87 x605083222 BLACK TOMAHAWK G 7 Darren Weir 87 50kg 9
88 2330x657x0 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 5 John Bary 88 50kg 8
89 47×7814251 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 89 50kg 9
90 2x6140274x BRAVERY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 90 50kg 9
91 0x151123x2 C’EST BEAU LA VIE M 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 91 50kg 9
92 29x08110x0 CHILL PARTY G 5 Tom Hughes 92 50kg 9
93 9730x8011x COLDSTONE (FR) G 5 Michael Kent 93 50kg 9
94 41x45x2x COOK ISLANDS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 94 50kg 9
95 5x1321213x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 95 50kg 7.5
96 5212246x5x DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson 96 50kg 9
97 1x2264x DATA POINT H 4 Michael Kent 97 50kg 9
98 716x7733x8 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 98 50kg 9
99 1246x3269x DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99 50kg 9
100 83×1100 DEVERE (NZ) G 5 John Sadler 100 50kg 9
101 0x3121x22x DIVAN (NZ) G 5 Robert Hickmott 101 50kg 9
102 613x1210x5 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 102 50kg 9
103 1x4621x30x DOUKHAN (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 103 50kg 9
104 43x433191x DREADED (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 104 50kg 9
105 215411848x DUCHESS KATE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 105 50kg 9
106 2244x1344x DUKE OF ELLINGTON (FR) G 5 Ciaron Maher 106 50kg 9
107 213x1162x ETNA (FR) G 6 Nicolas Clement 107 50kg 9
108 110010x90x EXTRA CHOICE (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108 50kg 9
109 x13057741x FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders 109 50kg 7
110 2x009x830x FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 110 50kg 9
111 235x8421x7 GABELLA (FR) M 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 111 50kg 9
112 6x701893x4 GO DREAMING G 7 Grant Kluske 112 50kg 9
113 4x2117x8x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) H 5 Robert Hickmott 113 50kg 9
114 x2231122x4 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 114 50kg 7.5
115 x6306955x0 HIERARCHAL G 4 Anthony Cummings 115 50kg 9
116 5×2134412 HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 116 50kg 6
117 098431313x HURSLEY (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 117 50kg 9
118 68364175×5 IMMORTAL FIRE G 7 Kevin Corstens 118 50kg 9
119 9x6x1164x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 119 50kg 9
120 2322x0117x KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Ralph Beckett 120 50kg 9
121 514141×994 LORD DISICK G 5 Michael Moroney 121 50kg 9
122 5x1519125x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 122 50kg 9
123 483141282x MANAGERESS M 5 Cindy Alderson 123 50kg 9
124 3673x7689x MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 124 50kg 9
125 1x976144x3 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 125 50kg 9
126 x43242372x METAPHORICAL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 126 50kg 9
127 9x221222x METRO COWBOY G 4 Daniel Clarken 127 50kg 9
128 12622114×8 MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 128 50kg 8
129 173x11122x MINOTAUR (IRE) G 5 Nicolas Clement 129 50kg 9
130 833241x0x MRS RUNHARDT M 5 Kelvin Southey 130 50kg 9
131 x1x70115x8 NEVIS (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 131 50kg 9
132 92021x340x NIGELISSIMA (NZ) M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 132 50kg 9
133 2110213×00 NORDIC FLIGHT (GER) G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 133 50kg 9
134 653113x67x NOZOMI G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 134 50kg 9
135 7x23240x6x ORBEC (FR) G 6 John P Thompson 135 50kg 9
136 2x131130x9 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 136 50kg 9
137 46182x PERFECT LIFELINE G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 137 50kg 9
138 07x0085x06 PHEIDON G 6 Jim Cerchi (Jnr) 138 50kg 9
139 x1214x1x22 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 139 50kg 9
140 070x044x69 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 140 50kg 9
141 11275x586x PLOT THE COURSE G 5 Michael Trotter 141 50kg 9
142 615x05212x PLYMOUTH ROAD (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 142 50kg 9
143 705x06215x QUICK DEFENCE (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 143 50kg 9
144 x232x1114x RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 144 50kg 9
145 06735x426x RED LAGO G 5 Clarry Conners 145 50kg 9
146 1817x9x399 RULING DYNASTY H 5 James Cummings 146 50kg 9
147 3x1412x SARRASIN (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 147 50kg 9
148 33x153413x SCHERZOSO G 5 Tony McEvoy 148 50kg 9
149 1122x323x5 SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 149 50kg 9
150 2x2124x00x SHAMKIYR (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 150 50kg 9
151 0x3250734x SHOGUN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 151 50kg 9
152 532x145x22 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 152 50kg 9
153 8x402211Fx SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive 153 50kg 6
154 2116×55770 SPRINGBOK FLYER (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 154 50kg 9
155 412011x61x ST JEAN (IRE) H 7 Aaron Purcell 155 50kg 9
156 34x29x STONE WARRIOR (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 156 50kg 9
157 82157134×6 SWACADELIC (GER) G 6 Aaron Purcell 157 50kg 9
158 3x213115x SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 158 50kg 6.5
159 410x81642x THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 159 50kg 9
160 7×43114326 THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 160 50kg 9
161 004451176x THUNDER DOWN UNDER H 4 Chris Waller 161 50kg 9
162 0171x110x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 162 50kg 9
163 170x79011x TOSSILINI G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 163 50kg 9
164 61457029×9 TRANSFER ALLOWANCE G 7 Peter Roche 164 50kg 9
165 3511526×10 VALLEY GIRL (NZ) M 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 165 50kg 6.5
166 4x2x1145x5 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 166 50kg 9
167 15674126x WHAT’S THE STORY (NZ) H 4 Stephen McKee 167 50kg 8.5
168 124×91259 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 168 50kg 9
169 12x0071x07 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 169 50kg 8
170 97110x828x ZAYAM (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 170 50kg 9
171 1434x1x80x ZUMA ROC G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 171 50kg 9

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