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Melbourne Cup Weights for 2018

  • Weights for the 2018 Melbourne Cup 
  • Humidor given the top weight of 58kg 
  • Early favourite Kings Will Dream has 53kg
The Darren Weir-trained Humidor receives the top-weight for the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup weights have been released about It’s the Darren Weir-trained Humidor who has been allocated top weight of 58kg. 

The quirky six-year-old gelding is a worthy top-weight, getting so close to Winx in the 2017 Cox Plate. He showed that he has returned in terrific order already this Spring, winning the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. 

Humidor’s stablemate Kings Will Dream is the current $13 favourite with Beteasy. The five-year-old gelding has 53kg and will be very well weighted if he goes onto win the Caulfield Cup. 

Princess of Wales’s Stakes (2400m) winner Best Solution has been given 57.5kg and will be trying to give Godolphin their first Melbourne Cup victory. The Five-year-old has won the Group 1 Von Berlin (2414m) and the Group 1 Preis Von Baden (2000m) and looks on target for the Melbourne Cup. 

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Lancaster Bomber is the other horse that joins Best Solution on 57.5kg. 

The Andreas Wohler-trained Torcedor is in with 57kg. The seven-year-old gelding is currently the third favourite for the Melbourne Cup after narrowly going down to Stradivarius in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup (3215m). 

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said that a lack of top-line international horses means that all horses will be forced to carry more weight. 

"With the high-class European pair Stradivarius and Vazirabad opting against travelling to Australia and no previous Melbourne Cup winners amongst the entries, all horses nominated for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup have been asked to carry more weight than they otherwise would have done," Carpenter said. 
 "With the conditions stating that each race has a minimum topweight of 58kg at the release of the handicaps, it is three-time Group 1 winner and Cox Plate runner-up Humidor that has been allotted the topweight in both races.
 "Despite the absence of what I would call a natural topweight in both races, there is tremendous depth and quality among the entries and I suspect that the challenge to gain a start in both cups will be the toughest in recent years."

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