Nickajack Cave has a 109 rating but has been assessed as a horse with a rating two points higher, meaning he will carry 53.5kg and is safely into the field. The Danny O’Brien-trained stayer carried 52kg to victory last year but received 57kg when Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper released the weights for the 160th running of the Melbourne Cup. Carpenter said 3.5kg of Vow And Declare’s increase was a penalty for last year’s win while the fact he will compete as a five-year-old this year accounted for the rest of the extra weight. The 2020 Melbourne Cup will be live streamed for free with Australia’s leading bookmaker TAB. And the Willie Mullins-trained Thomas Hobson snuck into the field and finished sixth in 2017 Melbourne Cup with 52.5kg, 7.5kg below the benchmark weight. Preusker adopted the same path to the 2019 Melbourne Cup, with Surprise Baby winning the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on his way to his target race. Their success prompted an amendment to the benchmark weight for future Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds, which in effect meant a 1kg reduction in weight allowance from older horses. Perth’s Ascot Racecourse stages the feature racing in WA and we pick out the best bets to be backing. Sports LEAGUE Russian Camelot must set a weight-carrying record of sorts to win this year's Melbourne Cup after Racing Victoria Executive General Manager - Racing, Greg Carpenter, allocated him 53.5kg for the Melbourne Cup. Become a member to join in Australia's biggest sporting debate, submit articles, receive updates straight to your inbox and keep up with your favourite teams and authors. Handicap weight allocated to the horses is also one of the most important things to look out for. "He's a Group 3 winner four times and indeed when he won the Legacy Cup at Newbury and followed it up and won again in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury later that year, even though they were Group 3 races, across the board in Europe he was rated at 116 for those victories. It's a significant weight penalty considering Mustajeer is G1-placed in Europe and Australia, most recently runner-up to Verry Elleegant in March's G1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) and was beaten under two lengths in last year's G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). The safest estimate from Tuesday’s release of weights is that horses handicapped 6kg below their figure on the weight-for-age scale should get a run in the $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 3. Stratum has raced three times this year, pulled up in the G3 Coral Cup (4200m), a strong hurdle event during the Cheltenham Festival, before finishing down the track in a Galway hurdle in July. The 2019 Melbourne Cup, which will have a record prize purse of $8 million, will be run at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 5. James Cummings' star Avilius will carry 57.5kg, while last year's runner-up and third time entrant Marmelo has been given 56kg yet again. We are committed to responsible gambling and have a number of ways to help you stay in control and keep gambling fun. The first question annually pondered when looking at the Melbourne Cup weights is 'What handicap will be required to get into the field'? Dashing Willoughby, with a 112 rating, has been handicapped against the topweight Anthony Van Dyck (121 rating) as if he has a rating of 113, meaning he'll carry 54.5kg rather than 54kg in the Melbourne Cup. Watch live racing and more than 60,000 live streams at bet365. Surprise Baby carried 53.5kg when fifth in the 2019 Melbourne Cup and has only been given an extra kilo for 2020 with 54.5kg being allocated. This was Le Don De Vie's first victory in Stakes company at just his second attempt in Group and Listed company and Carpenter places value in horses repeatedly verifying their mark when assessing their appropriate handicap weight. The selected entries for the Melbourne Cup are nominated in the first week of August. Oops! Vow And Declare’s stablemate Russian Camelot, the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), has been allocated 53.5kg for the Melbourne Cup. Other horses such as Prince Of Arran, Twilight Payment and Buckhurst appear to have been handicapped consistently with their overseas rating. Leave before you lose it. 2300m, 25.500 GBP, for 3yo+ However, Carpenter points out that Santiago's rating of 115 is two points below the figure achieved from Russian Camelot's South Australian Derby win. (4G Leroidesanimaux - Leader ene, by Selkirk) Carpenter is clearly respecting the form of several overseas entrants in the Melbourne Cup, giving them a weight that is marginally higher than what their overall rating suggests they should receive. All initial entries for the Melbourne Cup were made by September 1 for horses of at least three-years of age. Owner-breeder thrilled with two Cup hopes. Stratum has been given 114 following the race, his weight of 55kg consistent against the 121-rated topweight Anthony Van Dyck. The 2020 Melbourne Cup at one point looked as if it might be a race for Australian entrants only with the issues around Covid. Looking for horse racing multibet tips to combine into a racing multi? Nathan Exelby’s insights into the 2020 Melbourne Cup. © 2020 Racing Victoria Limited (RV) and other parties working with it. But in recent years, the cup committee used a “quality handicap” formula where superior horses are given less severe weight penalties. Weights have been released for the 2020 Melbourne Cup with the Aidan O’Brien-trained … You must be 18 years old or over to gamble on this site. Although there is no maximum weight for the race, the highest allocated weight for the field should Carpenter said Russian Camelot’s SA Derby win rated higher than any other Derby run in Australia this season. Thankfully, the race has managed to attract some fantastic overseas entrants to match up against some quality Australian runners. While the handicapping system is not precise, it does make the field as even as possible over the 3200 metres. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or, Copyright © Racing Internet Services Pty Ltd. 2018, Stay in control. The Melbourne Cup qualification system qualifies horses based on a handicap. If Santiago travels to Melbourne, Russian Camelot's 53.5kg will be even heavier. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit However, after nominations, the owner of the runner must confirm their intention to run four more times leading to the race. Unlike Constantinople, Port Guillaume is a sensible, tactically versatile Northern Hemisphere three-year-old who is also a winner with four victories from five starts and most recently at Group 2 level. For every oil-rich Sheikh or high-flying banker who has had a Melbourne Cup runner, there’s a story like the lads and ladies from the Bonbeach Sports Club who can complete a remarkable Cup dream. There are four remaining ballot exempt races, with the winners of the Bart Cummings Stakes, Hotham Handicap, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup granted entry in to the big one. His only foray into Stakes company resulted in a second-placed finish at his most recent start in the G2 Lonsdale Cup (3270m) at York. Meanwhile, the Archie Alexander-trained Young Rascal has also been handicapped with 54.5kg. NSW, SA, WA & VIC. The only horse with a lower benchmark weight in the field was Steel Prince (7kg), who gained exemption by winning the Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) earlier in the year. Looking for Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tips and First 4 Predictions? featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists. The five-year-old entire has raced 15 times for five victories, which includes winning the Group 1 Investec Derby Stakes (2420m) at Epsom Racecourse. The weight allocated to each horse is declared by the VRC Handicapper in early September. Our form analyst has a great record picking the Melbourne Cup winner and gives his best bets in 2020. Young Rascal has raced 13 times for six wins, with four of those victories at G3 level and another in Listed company. In the past, the cup adopted a system to give horses an equal chance to win the race by adding more weight to older horses compared to younger ones. The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap race and its prestige originally came from the idea that every horse had a theoretical chance of winning. Looking for roughies tips to back at big prices on Saturday's racing? This system allows owners to gauge the competition as the selection process moves forward. Over 18s only. Rekindling carried 51.5kg in 2017 and Cross Counter 51kg in 2018. J : @HollieDoyle1 From an initial Melbourne Cup field of 300 to 400 horses, the committee will select the final 24 starters. "He's definitely confirmed by the majority of handicappers at the low-end of 114. State exclusions apply to some offers. Cross Counter won't be the top weight however, provided the Aidan O'Brien-trained Kew Gardens (58kg) is entered as expected. Once a horse passes the various ballot tests it is ranked by its allotted weight compared to what it would carry in a weight for age race. The 2020 Melbourne Cup at one point looked as if it might be a race for Australian entrants only with the issues around COVID but thankfully the race has managed to instead flourish, attracting arguably the best field we have seen for decades. Access the Neds Toolbox. All rights reserved. He dropped two points to 104 but his Melbourne Cup rating reflects his pre-race mark with 51kg. Final acceptances were taken at 5pm on Derby Day and the field was confirmed at 6:30pm by the VRC. A horse has to be able to carry a minimum of 50 kilograms to be eligible. Latest 2020 Melbourne Cup odds. The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap race and its prestige originally came from the idea that every horse had a theoretical chance of winning. The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap race and its prestige originally came from the idea that every horse had a theoretical chance of … Prince of Arran finished third in 2018 and will again carry 53kg, while 2018's highest-placed local - Youngstar, who finished fifth - has been given 52kg. "With Willie Mullins we've seen horses that have a jumps profile and then there are some of us in Australia who look at their older horses and underrate them," Carpenter said. Exc. Carpenter is also very wary of Mullins' knack of producing Cups contenders that have mixed their form on the flat and jumps, the likes of Max Dynamite and Thomas Hobson.

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