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Protectionist & Snow Sky Head Melbourne Cup Weights

Wednesday, 16th September 2015

The weights for the 2015 Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) were released yesterday with last year's winner Protectionist and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained British stayer Snow Sky allotted equal top weight of 58kg for Australia's most famous race, reports Racing.com. Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said history was against both Protectionist and Snow Sky. "There have been 22 original top weights contest the Melbourne Cup since Comic Court's win in 1950 and none have placed so Protectionist and Snow Sky would rightfully earn their place among the Cup's true greats if they were to be successful," Carpenter said. "The handicap presents a challenge to both Protectionist and Snow Sky, however, they have earned their position at the heads of the weights based on their performances over the past 12 months." He added: "Protectionist was a dominant winner of last year's Melbourne Cup carrying 56.5kg and rises 1.5kg for this year's renewal, while Snow Sky is the highest-rated horse in the field having won the coveted Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) in emphatic fashion at this year's Royal Ascot Carnival." Protectionist is striving to join three-time Cup winner Makybe Diva (2003-05), Think Big (1974-75), Rain Lover (1968-69), Peter Pan (1932, '34) and Archer (1861-62) as the only multiple winners of the Melbourne Cup. Carpenter explained that he had rated Aidan O'Brien's Irish St Leger (2800m) winner Order Of St George the equal of Protectionist and Snow Sky when allotting the rising star 54kg. "Order of St George could not have been more impressive winning the Irish St Leger on Sunday by 11 lengths and the 54kg I have allotted him as a northern hemisphere three-year-old is the same as 58kg for an older horse with both being 1.5kg below the weight-for-age benchmark," Carpenter said. Order Of St George is one of four entries for O'Brien, who has had not a Cup runner since 2008.

Other notable entries and their weights are:

  • Criterion (57.5kg)
  • Fame Game (57kg)
  • Our Ivanhowe (56kg)
  • Hartnell (55.5kg)
  • Hokko Brave (55.5kg)
  • Mongolian Khan (55kg)
  • Red Cadeaux (55kg)
  • Trip To Paris (55kg)
  • Who Shot Thebarman (54.5kg)
  • Grand Marshal (53.5kg)
  • Bondi Beach (52kg)
  • Precedence (52kg)

First acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken at 12 noon (AEST) on Tuesday, 6 October. Click here to view full list of weights.

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