2016 Melbourne Cup Weights Released

The Melbourne Cup 2016 weights were announced on Tuesday morning by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter who has allocated Irish galloper Order Of St George and the 2014 winner Protectionist as equal top-weights.

Protectionist

2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is equal 58kg top weight for the 2016 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’. Photo: Steve Hart.

In late August the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), run as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 1, received a bumper 123 nominations.

All Melbourne Cup nominees have now received their handicaps including the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George and Andreas Wohler’s German raider Protectionist with 58kg.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to carry that weight to victory was superstar mare Makybe Diva for her third win in the ‘race that stops a nation’ back in 2005; the only one of 35 horses in the last four decades to cart 58kg in the race successfully.

2016 Melbourne Cup Weights

  • Top Weights: Order Of St George (58kg) and Protectionist (58kg)
  • Followed By: Prince Of Penzance (56.5kg) and Preferment (56.5kg)
  • Key 4YO Weights: Tavago (54kg), Tarzino (54kg), Jameka (51.5kg), Provocative (50.5kg
  • Notable Local Weights: Prince Of Penzance (56.5kg), Our Ivanhowe (56kg), The United States (55.5kg), Hartnell (55kg)
  • Notable International Weights: Idaho (53kg), Big Orange (56kg), Erupt (56kg), Wicklow Brave (55kg)

The hoodoo for this year’s original top-weights is even more imposing however, with no original Melbourne Cup top weight winning the race since Comic Court (1950; 59.5kg).

“There have been 23 original top-weights contest the Melbourne Cup since Comic Court’s win in 1950 and none have placed, so Order Of St George and Protectionist would rightfully earn their place among the Cup’s true greats if they were to be successful,” Carpenter said on Tuesday.

“The handicap presents a challenge to both Order of St George and Protectionist, however they have earned their position at the head of the weights based on their performances over the past 12 months.”

Winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, Order Of St George also heads the 2016 Caulfield Cup weights with the same kilos for the earlier October 15 showdown during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

He is part-owned by Australian businessman Lloyd Williams who is a four-time Melbourne Cup winning owner.

Williams has been sceptical about the chances of Order Of St George to hand him a fifth if he is weighted too heavily, the last start Irish St Leger runner-up in doubt of a trip down under for the world’s richest handicap.

“Order of St George was a dominant winner of last year’s Irish St Leger by 11 lengths, and also won the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot earlier this year with ease,” Carpenter said.

He is at the head of the weights despite being beaten in a shock result in this year’s Irish St Leger at The Curragh on Sunday.”

Fellow 58kg Melbourne Cup top weight in 2016, Protectionist travelled down under two season’s back and took out the 2014 edition of the race.

He stayed on in Australia under the care of Kris Lees for stint before returning to Germany and Wohler’s care, the now seven-year-old Monsun stallion back to his best.

The stayer has won his past three starts on the trot including carrying 60kg to victory in the Group 1 Von Berlin (2400m) in mid-August.

“There has not been a more impressive winner of the Melbourne Cup in recent years than Protectionist when he took out the 2014 edition,” Carpenter declared.

“He has returned to that form in winning his last three starts on-end for Andreas Wohler including the Grosser Preis von Berlin.”

Order Of St George pays $21 in futures Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, while Protectionist is at $26 to win the classic for a second time after the four length romp with 56.5kg two years ago.

The next heaviest weighted on 56.5kg are the Darren Weir-trained defending Melbourne Cup champion Prince Of Penzance and the Chris Waller-trained Preferment.

Prince Of Penzance won the Melbourne Cup last November as a $101 roughie under 57kg and currently pays $31 to score another upset for Weir.

Waller’s Zabeel stallion meanwhile finished at the back of the Melbourne Cup field (20th of 24 runners), but has subsequently raced in Hong Kong and won the Australian Cup in Melbourne and Sydney’s The BMW.

The other most notable international Melbourne Cup weight is the Michael Bell-trained English raider Big Orange.

Big Orange occupies the second line of the markets at $19 following his recent good form in the UK including the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) win over the two miles in late July.

The son of Duke Of Marmalade raced in last year’s Melbourne Cup field and finished a brave fifth only 2.4 lengths off Prince Of Penzance as a $61 hope.

The $17 co-favourites in the all-in Melbourne Cup odds currently are Signoff and The United States, allocated 53.5kg and 55.5kg respectively.

Last year’s winning trainer Weir prepares Authorized seven-year-old Signoff who ran fourth to Protectionist in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

The Robert Hickmott-trained The United States shapes up as owner Williams’ best hope of adding another ‘Loving Trophy’ to the cabinet, the Galileo stallion out to improve on his 14th in last year’s race.

A host of exciting four-year-olds are in the mix looking to become the first of that age group to win since Shocking (2009) including Ciaron Maher’s Crown Oaks winner last spring Jameka (51.5kg) and last year’s VRC Derby champ Tarzino (54kg).

Japanese raider Curren Mirotic meanwhile has received 55.5kg in his bid to win for his country for the first time since Delta Blues and Pop Rock ran the Melbourne Cup quinella in 2006.

Check out the full Melbourne Cup 2016 weights below, the first acceptances due out on October 4, before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for all the best all-in odds.

2016 Melbourne Cup Weights & Ballot

Flemington Race 7 – 01/11/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2111x11x12 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg 1.5
2 x0800x111x PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 7 Andreas Wohler 2 58kg 1.5
3 14x23321L IDAHO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 3 53kg 2.5
4 55821x2x06 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 4 56.5kg 3
5 907x4110x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 3
6 7x5x23x11x BIG ORANGE (GB) G 6 Michael Bell 6 56kg 3.5
7 x456x9253x ERUPT (IRE) H 5 Francis-Henri Graffard 7 56kg 3.5
8 230x5501x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 8 56kg 3.5
9 6x300x620x CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) G 9 Osamu Hirata 9 55.5kg 4
10 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 54kg 4
11 31x4214x80 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 11 54kg 4
12 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 12 55.5kg 4
13 1631511×11 DA BIG HOSS (USA) H 6 Michael J Maker 13 55kg 4.5
14 x4650x5x21 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 14 55kg 4.5
15 1x90324x65 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 15 55kg 4.5
16 3333×26431 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins 16 55kg 4.5
17 1220x11x33 BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 17 55kg 4.5
18 1413x1835x EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 18 55kg 4.5
19 1x45324x47 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 19 51.5kg 5
20 2251x3121x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 20 54.5kg 5
21 135240×343 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop 21 54kg 5.5
22 8x332722x1 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 22 54kg 5.5
23 x05x26x34x MANATEE (GB) H 6 John O’Shea 23 54kg 5.5
24 5x11113x02 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 24 52.5kg 5.5
25 x063540x27 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 25 52.5kg 5.5
26 3x08533x72 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 26 53.5kg 6
27 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 27 53.5kg 6
28 2314x797x3 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 28 53.5kg 6
29 8046x000x9 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 29 52kg 6
30 01x9065x8x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 30 53.5kg 6
31 5×21344123 HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 31 50kg 6
32 416x411x0x PROVOCATIVE (NZ) M 4 Tony Pike 32 50.5kg 6
33 4x8xD21x00 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 33 53.5kg 6
34 00x101x11x HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) G 7 Tony Martin 34 53kg 6.5
35 12111134×0 HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir 35 51.5kg 6.5
36 x6153x155x BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 36 51.5kg 6.5
37 33132114×2 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 37 51.5kg 6.5
38 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 38 53kg 6.5
39 72217x20x9 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 39 52.5kg 7
40 3×2131155 SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 40 50kg 7
41 xD1x1x20x3 SKY HUNTER (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 41 52.5kg 7
42 x13057741x FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders 42 50kg 7
43 212x1322x2 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 43 51.5kg 8
44 5x1321213x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 44 50kg 8
45 x97170x967 ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 45 51.5kg 8
46 0Dx13x3128 CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) G 10 William Mullins 46 51.5kg 8
47 2x0071x070 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 47 50kg 8
48 4821x7x000 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 48 51kg 8.5
49 5361x2x12x SECRET NUMBER (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 49 51kg 8.5
50 16113x882x SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 50 51kg 8.5
51 11x7x1267x ELITE ARMY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 51 51kg 8.5
52 32x1837x8x GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 52 51kg 8.5
53 x00111132x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler 53 50.5kg 9
54 1x8331x07x BERISHA G 5 Robert Smerdon 54 50kg 9.5
55 1x0x009159 AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 55 50kg 9.5
56 75462102×0 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) M 7 Lee & Shannon Hope 56 50kg 9.5
57 69×6031166 AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan 57 50kg 9.5
58 9x6x1164x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 58 50kg 9.5
59 212x1x7x3 ALOFT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 59 50kg 9.5
60 2157134×64 SWACADELIC (GER) G 6 Aaron Purcell 60 50kg 9.5
61 x43114326x THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 61 50kg 9.5
62 x2117x8x00 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) H 5 Robert Hickmott 62 50kg 9.5
63 0268505554 TUNES G 8 Grant Young 63 50kg 9.5
64 x23240x67x ORBEC (FR) G 6 John P Thompson 64 50kg 9.5
65 3x1412x SARRASIN (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 65 50kg 9.5
66 817x9x399x RULING DYNASTY H 5 James Cummings 66 50kg 9.5
67 0x3121x22x DIVAN (NZ) G 5 Robert Hickmott 67 50kg 9.5
68 32x145x22x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 68 50kg 9.5
69 673x7689x0 MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 69 50kg 9.5
70 22x1113x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 5 Andreas Wohler 70 50kg 9.5
71 03x8148x0x ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 71 50kg 9.5
72 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 72 53.5kg 6
73 0x25305x93 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 73 51.5kg 6.5
74 12x26x5x60 ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 74= 52.5kg 7
75 8x41211x1x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 74= 51kg 7
76 23x111321x BARSANTI (IRE) G 5 Roger Varian 76= 51.5kg 8
77 10x3419x10 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 76= 50kg 8
78 1x2110x0x0 SHIMRANO (GER) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 78= 51kg 8.5
79 2231122×41 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 78= 50kg 8.5
80 2622114x8x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 78= 50kg 8.5
81 1x0x0730x5 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 81 50.5kg 9
82 31x221x665 ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 82= 50kg 9.5
83 146×5111 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 82= 50kg 9.5
84 5x8x1153x9 ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 82= 50kg 9.5
85 60x406x463 AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 82= 50kg 9.5
86 1x22x4 BATTLECAMP (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
87 7×78142516 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82= 50kg 9.5
88 324210x85x DANDY GENT G 5 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 82= 50kg 9.5
89 72188512×6 DANE HUSSLER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82= 50kg 9.5
90 5212246x5x DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson 82= 50kg 9.5
91 23x10x0036 DARLUX (FR) G 6 Brian McGrath 82= 50kg 9.5
92 16x7733x86 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 82= 50kg 9.5
93 246x3269x2 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 82= 50kg 9.5
94 43x433191x DREADED (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
95 0010x90x3x EXTRA CHOICE (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82= 50kg 9.5
96 x009x830x3 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 82= 50kg 9.5
97 143x60x46x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 82= 50kg 9.5
98 35x8421x74 GABELLA (FR) M 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82= 50kg 9.5
99 5070x67x53 HI WORLD H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
100 2213x9x IMPORTANT MESSAGE (GB) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 82= 50kg 9.5
101 2322x0117x KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Ralph Beckett 82= 50kg 9.5
102 14141x994x LORD DISICK G 5 Michael Moroney 82= 50kg 9.5
103 x976144x36 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 82= 50kg 9.5
104 53113x67x6 NOZOMI G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
105 62×0831117 O’LONERA G 4 Cindy Alderson 82= 50kg 9.5
106 6x11x4017x OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 82= 50kg 9.5
107 x131130x91 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 82= 50kg 9.5
108 615x05212x PLYMOUTH ROAD (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
109 322x00x22x QEWY (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 82= 50kg 9.5
110 232x1114x4 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 82= 50kg 9.5
111 6x94121x REPLIQUE (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 82= 50kg 9.5
112 33x153413x SCHERZOSO G 5 Tony McEvoy 82= 50kg 9.5
113 122x323x5x SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 82= 50kg 9.5
114 213141x24x SECOND WAVE (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 82= 50kg 9.5
115 x2124x00x9 SHAMKIYR (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 82= 50kg 9.5
116 34x29x STONE WARRIOR (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
117 10x81642x4 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 82= 50kg 9.5
118 0044511763 THUNDER DOWN UNDER H 4 Chris Waller 82= 50kg 9.5
119 171x110x2x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 50kg 9.5
120 317x3x UNICORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 82= 50kg 9.5
121 x2x1145x5x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 82= 50kg 9.5
122 124×912598 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 82= 50kg 9.5
123 36×1633 LORD MACAU G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 82= 49kg 9.5

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