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Melbourne Cup Weights: Order of St George tops weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

  • Weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup were be released on Tuesday, September 12.
  • Order of St George is saddled with top weight
Order of St George

For the second year in a row, the Lloyd Williams-owned Order of St George has been assigned topweight of 58kg in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The Irish-bred five-year-old defeated Torcedor by nine lengths in Sunday’s Irish St Leger at the Curragh – the same race he won in 2015 by 11 lengths before claiming the Ascot Gold Cup in 2016.

Williams indicated his Melbourne Cup handicap was too much in 2016 and did not send the powerhouse stayer Down Under, and with the same weight in 2017, the current race favourite is doubtful to make the trip.

Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager – Racing Greg Carpenter said he was hopeful Order Of St George would contest the Cup despite the impost of topweight.

“This is the third year the star Irish stayer has been entered for the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and I will be disappointed if his connections don’t take up the challenge of competing in the world’s best 3200m race at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November,” Carpenter said.

The James Cummings-trained Hartnell is next in line with 57.5kg while reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin has been issued 56.5kg as Williams aims for a sixth win in ‘the race that stops a nation.’

“I decided to give Hartnell a slight discount in the Melbourne Cup weights to reflect his 3200m record,” Carpenter said. 
“He finished 15th in 2015 and was a distant third last year. His only other run in Australia over 3200m was in the 2015 Sydney Cup, when he finished fourth. 
“Almandin, meanwhile, is an outstanding stayer who has run just three times at 2200m and further – and won every time. While his margin of victory over Heartbreak City last year was narrow, they dominated the rest of the field with more than four lengths back to Hartnell in third.”

READ: full list of 2017 Melbourne Cup Weights


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Melbourne Cup Weights: Order of St George tops weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup were released on Tuesday, September 12 with Order Of St George given the burden of topweight.

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