Melbourne Cup Weights

Melbourne Cup Weights

The Melbourne Cup is a handicap contest which means that the jockey and riding equipment have to add up to a certain weight, given to their horse in order to give all Melbourne Cup runners an equal chance. This of course isn't necessarily the case as Melbourne Cup trainers will run their horses in different circumstances to give themselves a better chance come the big race.

The minimum weight handicap for the Melbourne Cup is 7-10 and there's no maximum top weight. However, the top weight must not be less than 8-13. The weights are determined by the Victoria Racing Club when the entries are announced in early September.

Then follows a series of cuts where the entries become less and less until they arrive at the final 24, removing the lightest handicaps at each cut stage. Horses can gain weight penalties once they have declared themselves for entry, if for example they win a recognised handicap race of a certain standard.

Check out RTE Racing's Tom Lee for his tips on the Melbourne Cup.

2018 Melbourne Cup Weights

We have the weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup, which takes place at Flemington on November 7.

1 HARTNELL (GB) (James Cummings) 57.5 (12)
2 ALMANDIN (GER) (Robert Hickmott) 56.5 (14)
3 HUMIDOR (NZ) (Darren Weir) 56.0 (13)
4 TIBERIAN (FR) (Alain Couetil) 55.5 (23)
5 MARMELO (GB) (Hughie Morrison) 55.0 (16)
6 RED CARDINAL (IRE) (Andreas Wohler) 55.0 (24)
7 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) (Aidan O'Brien) 54.5 (3)
8 BONDI BEACH (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 54.0 (1)
9 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) (Willie Mullins) 54.0 (2)
10 VENTURA STORM (IRE) (Hayes & Dabernig) 54.0 (6)
11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) (Chris Waller) 54.0 (20)
12 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) (Willie Mullins) 54.0 (8)
13 BIG DUKE (IRE) (Darren Weir) 53.5 (5)
14 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) (Joseph O'Brien) 53.5 (22)
15 BOOM TIME (Hayes & Dabernig) 53.0 (9)
16 GALLANTE (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 53.0 (18)
17 LIBRAN (IRE) (Chris Waller) 53.0 (7)
18 NAKEETA (GB) (Iain Jardine) 53.0 (19)
19 SINGLE GAZE (AUS) (Nick Olive) 53.0 (11)
20 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) (Hugo Palmer) 53.0 (15)
21 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) (Willie Mullins) 52.0 (21)
22 REKINDLING (GB) (Joseph O'Brien) 51.5 (4)
23 AMELIE'S STAR (Darren Weir) 51.0 (10)
24 CISMONTANE (NZ) (Waterhouse & Bott) 50.0 (17)

Previous Winning Melbourne Cup Weights

The last top weight to win the Melbourne Cup was Makybe Diva on her way to winning her third successive title. Before that you had to go all the way back 1954 for a top weight to win the Melbourne Cup and that was Rising Fast.

In terms of Melbourne Cup betting trends 85% of the winners have weighed between 7-13 and 9-0, so bare this in mind when assessing the Melbourne Cup betting.

Year Winner Draw Age Weight Jockey Trainer
201 Rekindling - 12/1 22 3 8-1 C Brown J O'Brien
2016 Almandin - 10/1 17 6 8-3 K McEvoy R Hickmott
2015 Prince Of Penzance - 100/1 1 6 8-5 M Payne D Weir
2014 Protectionist - 7/1 10 4 8-13 R Moore A Wohler
2013 Fiorente - 6/1 Fav 5 5 8-9 D Oliver G Waterhouse
2012 Green Moon - 19/1 5 5 8-6 P Bebble R Hickmott
2011 Dunaden - 15/2 13 5 8-8 C Lemaire M Delzangles
2010 Americain - 12/1 11 5 8-8 G Mosse A De Royer-Dupre
2009 Shocking - 9/1 21 4 8-0 C Brown M Kavanagh
2008 Viewed - 40/1 9 5 8-5 B Shinn B Cummings
2007 Efficient - 16/1 10 4 8-9 M Rodd G Rogerson
2006 Delta Blues - 17/1 11 5 8-11 Y Iwata K Sumii
2005 Makybe Diva - 17/5f 14 7 9-2 G Boss L Freedman
2004 Makybe Diva - 13/5f 7 6 8-11 G Boss L Freedman
2003 Makybe Diva - 7/1 15 5 8-0 G Boss D Hall
2002 Media Puzzle - 11/2 3 5 8-4 D Oliver D Weld
2001 Ethereal - 9/1 13 4 8-2 S Seamer S Laxon
2000 Brew - 14/1 24 6 7-10 K McEvoy M Moroney
1999 Rogan Josh - 5/1 21 7 7-12 J Marshall B Cummings

Check out the latest odds for the 2018 Emirates Melbourne Cup.


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