Melbourne Cup weights released
The 2019 Melbourne Cup weights have been released this morning from Racing Victoria.
2018 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter has been allocated 6.5kg more than last year's victory.
The weights have been released for the $8 million Melbourne Cup with last year's winner Cross Counter penalised heavily.
The Japanese stayer will carry an additional 6.5kg compared to last year, carrying 57.5kg.
Despite the big weight pull Cross Counter remains the $15 favourite at online bookmaker Ladbrokes to successfully defend his Melbourne Cup Crown.
International star stayer Kew Gardens sits at the top of the weights with 58kg while local hope Avilius and Japanese mare Lys Gracieux have been allocated 57.5kg and 57kg respectively.
Racing Victoria and Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said the big weight pull for Cross Counter and Kew Gardens is justified.
“Kew Gardens was the world’s joint highest-rated stayer alongside Stradivarius last year, he was a dominant winner of the 2018 St Leger at Doncaster and so is a worthy topweight among the 152 entries for this year’s Melbourne Cup,” he said.
“Cross Counter will carry 6.5kg more than when he won the Melbourne Cup, which is the same increase as Let’s Elope in 1992, but given the nature of his victory last year and the natural progression in the weight-for-age benchmark from a three-year-old to a four-year-old, I felt it was an appropriate penalty to impose".
Last year's runner up Marmelo has been allocated 56kg while third place getter Prince Of Aran all carry what he did last year in 53kg.
2019 Ebor Handicap winner Mustajeer will carry 55kg and last year's favourite Yucatan has been allocated just 54.5kg.