2021 Caulfield & Melbourne Cup Weights Released
- The 2021 Caulfield & Melbourne Cup weights have been released
- Twilight Payment, Sonnyboyliston & Sir Dragonet carry the top weight of 58kg in the Melbourne Cup
- Incentivise has been allotted 55.5kg for the Caulfield Cup
Twlight Payment will carry the top weight in the Melbourne Cup. (Getty)
The 2021 Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup weights have been released with three horses set to carry the top weight in the Melbourne Cup.
The most talked about horse of the Spring Carnival, Incentivise, has been allocated 55.5kg for both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup after taking out Saturday's Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at WFA level. This win has made an impact on his weight as most expected him to be carrying 53-54kg prior to the win.
As for the Melbourne Cup, last year's winner Twilight Payment will carry 58kg if he is to go back-to-back, while Irish St Leger winner Sonnyboyliston and Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet have both been given the same weight of 58kg.
Spanish Mission is the current second elect in the Melbourne Cup and given a big chance in the Caulfield Cup with form around the great Stadivarius, but he has not slipped under the handicapper's guard with 57kg in both features.
Last year's Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant will need to carry 57.5kg if she is to go back-to-back in the richest 2400m event in the world, while she has been given 57kg in the Melbourne Cup after running seventh last year.
Handicapper Greg Carpenter released a statement on Tuesday around the key notes to come from the 2021 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup weights.
“As always there is plenty of debate over the weights scale for the cups which will no doubt continue over the coming weeks, but after his all-the-way win in last year’s Melbourne Cup there is little doubt that Twilight Payment deserves to be at the top of the weights for the 2021 edition of Australia’s greatest race,” said Carpenter.
“In his fascinating duel with Twilight Payment in the Irish St Leger in the early hours of Monday morning, Sonnyboyliston again showed that he is a rapidly progressing stayer having won what is considered Europe’s biggest staying handicap on his previous start, and so he is worthy of carrying the joint topweight of 58kg.
“Neither horse holds an entry for the Caulfield Cup and so the topweight of 58kg for Caulfield’s showpiece occasion has been allocated to Sir Dragonet, who was such a dominant winner of the 2020 Cox Plate and showed he will again be a force this spring with his fast-finishing third in the Makybe Diva Stakes.
“The winner of that race, Incentivise, is one of the most exciting horses to burst onto the scene in recent times and also one of the most challenging to assess after his performances in Queensland over their winter carnival, which culminated in a 12-length romp in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup.
“He beat some quality opposition in the Makybe Diva Stakes, with Group 1 winners filling the next four places, and only time will tell whether we have been too harsh or too kind in allocating him 55.5kg in both cups.
“With today’s release of weights for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup, connections can now start plotting a path towards their respective targets whilst form analysts and punters can keep an even closer eye on how their fancied runners fare as they build towards securing a start in two of Australia’s marquee races.”