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Caulfield Cup Weights: Hartnell given topweight for the 2017 Caulfield Cup

  • Weights released with Hartnell getting topweight
  • 141 entries remain

The James Cummings-trained Hartnell has been allocated top weight of 58kg for the 2017 Caulfield Cup (2400m) which will be held on Saturday, October 21.

History is now against the son of Authorized with Dunaden (2012) being the only original top weight to win the Caulfield Cup. 

RV’s Executive General Manager – Racing Greg Carpenter released the weights on Tuesday and explained why Hartnell has been handicapped above the remaining 141 entrants.

“Hartnell proved he was one of the best horses in the world in the Turnbull Stakes, and his other Group 1 win came in the 2400m BMW Stakes in April 2015,” Carpenter said. 
“His winning return in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield last month was very impressive, so he is ideally suited to the Caulfield Cup and is a worthy topweight.”

Reigning Melbourne Cup champ Almandin is next in the weights with 56.5kg, while the Darren Weir-trained duo, Japanese import Admire Deus and Australian Cup (2000m) winner Humidor, have both been allocated 56kg.

“Admire Deus was a difficult horse to assess,” Carpenter said. 
“He is a high-class performer from Japan who ran brilliantly when finishing fourth on home soil in the Tenno Sho over 3200m in May, but whilst he has run at the highest level he has not won a race since 2015. 
“Humidor was outstanding when winning the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington, where he beat Jameka and Exospheric, and was then second to Jameka in the BMW – Tancred Stakes over 2400m on a heavy track.”

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-prepared Bonneval, who claimed the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) last Saturday, has been allocated 52.5kg - the same weight Jameka carried to victory last year.


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