Reigning Emirates Melbourne Cup champion Americain has been allocated topweight of 58kg in the 2011 $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup by Racing Victoria’s Chief Handicapper, Greg Carpenter.
Carpenter, who released the weights today for the world’s richest 2400m turf handicap to be run at Caulfield on 15 October, said the French star had been penalised 3.5kg for his Melbourne Cup win.
“Americain won the Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg and rises to topweight of 58kg in the Caulfield Cup in recognition of being the second highest rated stayer in the world in 2011,” Carpenter explained.
“Viewed was the most recent Melbourne Cup winner to return the following year and win the Caulfield Cup. He did so in 2009 with 57kg having been penalised 4kg for his Melbourne Cup victory.”
Americain, who arrives in Australia on 24 September, will need to emulate Western Australian star Northerly who was the last horse to carry 58kg to victory in the Caulfield Cup in 2002.
Defending Caulfield Cup champion Descarado, one of 12 Gai Waterhouse-trained entries in this year’s race, has been allocated 56kg having carried 52.5kg to victory 12 months ago.
“I have effectively penalised Descarado 2kg for his victory in last year’s race. The other 1.5kg increase is for his progression on the weight-for-age scale from a four to five-year-old,” Carpenter explained.
History, as well as an increased weight, will test Descarado if he pursues a title defence, with Rising Fast (1954-55) and Posiedon (1906-07) the only horses to claim successive Caulfield Cups.
Completing the top five weighted horses are the UK-trained USA Breeders Cup winner Dangerous Midge (57.5kg), 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (57kg) and Japanese stayer Meiner Kitz (56kg) who is unlikely to make the trip. Following is a summary of the weights allotted other notable entries;
· Alandi (55.5kg) – Lloyd Williams’ imported 2009 Irish St Leger winner drops from 58kg last year after failing in four Australian starts over shorter distances. Stablemate Midas Touch, runner-up in last year’s English St Leger and Irish Derby, has 0.5kg less with 55kg.
· My Kingdom Of Fife (55kg) – The Chris Waller-trained Group 1-winning import has 1kg more than Glass Harmonium (54kg) with whom he battled during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
· Harris Tweed (54.5kg) – The Murray Baker-trained NZ entrant rises 0.5kg on his second placing behind Descarado in 2010 and carries the same weight as the UK entrant of the identical name.
· Mighty High (54.5kg) – Winner of the Group 1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) in Hong Kong. Mr Medici won that race last year before finishing sixth in the Caulfield Cup with 55kg.
· Maluckyday (54kg) – The 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up who is owned in the same interests as runaway 1997 Caulfield Cup winner Might And Power.
· Manighar (54kg) – The Luca Cumani-trained UK stayer carried the same weight to fifth in last year’s Caulfield Cup. Stablemate Drunken Sailor has also been weighted on 54kg.
· Dunaden (54kg) – French stayer prepared by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Alain de Royer Dupre’s former pupil, Mikel Delzangles. Stablemate Zack Hall has 1kg less on 53kg.
· Lion Tamer (54kg) – VRC Derby winner has the same weight as 2004 Cup winner Elvstroem was given after winning the Derby the year prior. He is the highest weighted four-year-old.
· Lucas Cranach (53.5kg) – German horse who has been well supported in pre-post betting for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Will be trained by Anthony Freedman.
· Tactician (53kg) – Owned by The Queen and trained in the UK by Michael Bell. Receives the same weight as another Ebor Handicap runner-up, Carte Diamond, did in 2005.
· Anacheeva (53kg) – The Age Caulfield Guineas winner is the second highest weighted four-year-old marginally ahead of Playing God, Shootoff and Sincero who have all been allocated 52.5kg.
· Shamrocker (52kg) – Will have to equal the weight carrying record by a four-year-old mare held by Leilani (1974) and How Now (1976). Research was the last filly to win the AJC Derby in 1989 and she was allocated 52.5kg in the Caulfield Cup.
· Lights Of Heaven (51.5kg) – The Caulfield Cup favourite has the same weight as stablemate and Memsie Stakes winner King’s Rose, as well as Oaks winners Absolutely and Brazilian Pulse.
· Scarlett Lady (51kg) – High class New Zealand mare who won the Queensland Oaks. Shares the same weight as WA Derby-Oaks winner Dreamaway who debuts in Victoria on Saturday.
· Black And Bent (50.5kg) – Australia’s champion jumper has raced six times on the flat at 2400m or beyond for five wins and one second, all at metropolitan level.
· December Draw (50kg) – Highly fancied Mark Kavanagh-trained import that will need to win either the D’Urban Naturalism Handicap (2000m) on 17 September or the Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) on 8 October, both at Caulfield, to secure a start.
First acceptances for the Caulfield Cup will be taken at 12 noon (AET) on Tuesday, 6 September 2011.