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Melbourne Cup Weights: Hartnell tops weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

  • Weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup have been released
  • Hartnell is saddled with top weight
Hartnell

Hartnell will carry top weight of 57.5kg in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) after Order of St George was taken out of the race at the first acceptances stage. 

Order of St George was always a doubtful runner after Lloyd Williams declared the Irish-trained runner unlikely to travel Down Under after being give 58kg to carry, and he was duly a notable absentee among the 55 horses declared at the first acceptances stage. 

The James Cummings-trained Hartnell, third in the race 12 months ago, is now top weight 57.5kg ahead of reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin, who has been issued 56.5kg as Williams aims for a sixth win in ‘the race that stops a nation.’

Three Darren Weir-trained gallopers are next in the weights with Admire Deus and Humidor both alotted 56.0kg. Their stablemate Gailo Chop is not yet qualified to run, but will have 55.5kg on his back if he does enough to secure a start on November 7.

International runners Tiberians (55.5kg), Red Cardinal (55.0kg), Marmelo (55.0kg) and Johannes Vermeer (54.5kg) will all have fairly hefty weights to shoulder.

Amelie's Star, the one horse exempt from the ballot having won the Group 3 The Bart Cummings for trainer Weir, has not been hit with a penalty for that win and still carries 51.0kg. 

READ: full list of 2017 Melbourne Cup Weights


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Melbourne Cup Weights: Hartnell tops weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Weights for the 2017 Melbourne Cup were released on Tuesday, October 10 with Hartnell given the burden of topweight.

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