The weights for Australia’s most famous horse race, the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, have
been released today by Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager –
Racing, Greg Carpenter, with two familiar names sitting atop of the 134
French star Dunaden is likely to carry the number one saddlecloth for
the second year running after again being allotted topweight for ‘the
race that stops a nation™’.
A winner of the 2011 Cup when carrying 54.5kg, the Mikel
Delzangles-trained eight-year-old has been given 58.5kg for the coveted
3200-metre handicap at Flemington on 5 November.
Unplaced in last year’s Cup when carrying 0.5kg more, Dunaden will
again need to end a streak stretching more than 60 years if he is to
join Peter Pan (1932-34) as the only multiple winner of the Cup in
“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.”
Second in the weights on 57.5kg is the Robert Hickmott-trained, Lloyd
Williams-owned defending champion Green Moon, with his high profile
imported stablemate Sea Moon and 2011 runner-up Red Cadeaux both
allotted 56.5kg – 1kg more than he carried in 2012.
Last year’s runner-up Fiorente, a winner of the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin
Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday, rises 1.5kg to 55kg,
whilst the commanding TAB favourite Puissance de Lune has 54.5kg – the
weight carried to victory in the last three Cups.
“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.
“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
“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.”
Dunaden or Green Moon, if victorious, would become just the sixth
multiple winner of the Cup joining Makybe Diva (2003, 04, 05), Think Big
(1974-75), Rain Lover (1968-69), Peter Pan and inaugural winner Archer
(1861, 62) in racing’s most distinguished group.
Michael Burn, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), said this
year’s 153rd edition represents a significant milestone in the Cup’s
evolution and that the release of weights sets the scene for another
exciting chapter in its history.
“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,
Other notable entries and their weights are:
First acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 October.