Melbourne Cup Weights 2021

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Melbourne Cup Weights Twilight Payment winning the 2020 Melbourne Cup (PA Images)

Melbourne Cup Weights 2021

Weights have been released for the 2021 Melbourne Cup with defending champion Twilight Payment one of two horses allocated the top weight of 58kg.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained nine-year-old gelding Twilight Payment defeated Tiger Moth and Prince Of Arran in the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

He carried 55.5kg to success last year and has been allocated the equal top weight of 58kg in pursuit of winning back-to-back Cups; the feat was last achieved by champion mare Makybe Diva who won three-consecutive Melbourne Cups.

Sharing the 58kg weight allocation is five-year-old gelding Sonnyboyliston who defeated Twilight Payment in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) on September 12.

Prepared by Johnny Murtagh, Sonnyboyliston has raced 14 times for six wins and three minor placings. Three of those victories have come from his past four starts.

The Peter Moody-trained five-year-old gelding Incentivise has been allocated 55.5kg for the race. A winner of seven races from 10 starts, Incentivise was victorious in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m). The boom horse has won several races by more than nine lengths in his career.

Andrew Balding’s six-year-old entire Spanish Moon has been allocated 57kg while Dawn Patrol has been given 53kg from the handicapper.

See below for the full list of Melbourne Cup weights.

2021 Melbourne Cup Weights

1 SONNYBOYLISTON (IRE) G 5 Johnny Murtagh 58kg
2 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 58kg
3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 57.5kg
4 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 57kg
5 SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 57kg
6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 57kg
7 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 55.5kg
8 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 55.5kg
9 AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 54.5kg
10 VOW AND DECLARE G 6 Danny O’Brien 54.5kg
11 BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 54kg
12 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 54kg
13 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 7 Joseph O’Brien 54kg
14 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 54kg
15 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 54kg
16 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 54kg
17 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 53.5kg
18 BEAUDEN (NZ) G 7 Graeme Rogerson 53.5kg
19 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 53.5kg
20 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 53.5kg
21 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 53.5kg
22 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Bill Pomare 53.5kg
23 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 53.5kg
24 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 53kg
25 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 53kg
26 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 53kg
27 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 53kg
28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 53kg
29 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 53kg
30 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 53kg
31 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 53kg
32 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 52.5kg
33 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 52.5kg
34 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 52.5kg
35 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 52.5kg
36 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 52.5kg
37 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 52.5kg
38 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 52.5kg
39 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 52.5kg
40 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52.5kg
41 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52.5kg
42 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 52.5kg
43 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 52kg
44 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 52kg
45 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 52kg
46 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 52kg
47 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 52kg
48 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 51.5kg
49 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 51.5kg
50 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 51.5kg
51 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 51.5kg
52 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 51kg
53 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 51kg
54 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51kg
55 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 51kg
56 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 51kg
57 RODRIGO DIAZ (GB) G 5 David Simcock 51kg
58 SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 51kg
59 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 51kg
60 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 51kg
61 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 51kg
62 CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 50.5kg
63 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 50.5kg
64 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 50.5kg
65 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 50.5kg
66 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 50kg
67 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 50kg
68 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 50kg
69 AZALY G 4 Ben & JD Hayes 50kg
70 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 50kg
71 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
72 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 50kg
73 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 50kg
74 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 50kg
75 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 50kg
76 COOLTH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 50kg
77 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 50kg
78 DARVIN (IRE) G 6 Matthew Williams 50kg
79 DEGRAVES (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 50kg
80 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 50kg
81 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 50kg
82 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 50kg
83 ENGLISH KING (FR) H 5 Michael Moroney 50kg
84 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
85 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 50kg
86 HARMYSIAN (GB) G 5 Clayton Douglas 50kg
87 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 50kg
88 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
89 HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ) G 7 Andrea Leek 50kg
90 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
91 HORRIFYING (NZ) G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 50kg
92 HORSE FOR HIGHER M 6 Dan O’Sullivan 50kg
93 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 50kg
94 KILLOURNEY (IRE) G 6 Paul Preusker 50kg
95 KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent 50kg
96 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
97 LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Lindsey Smith 50kg
98 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 50kg
99 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 50kg
100 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
101 MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 50kg
102 MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
103 MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 50kg
104 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50kg
105 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 50kg
106 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 50kg
107 NEVER LISTEN M 5 John Ramsey 50kg
108 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50kg
109 PURRFECT DEAL M 5 Michael Costa 50kg
110 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 50kg
111 ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 50kg
112 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 50kg
113 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 50kg
114 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50kg
115 SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham 50kg
116 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 50kg
117 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani 50kg
118 SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 50kg
119 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith 50kg
120 TIGRE ROYALE (NZ) G 6 Archie Alexander 50kg
121 TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 50kg
122 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
123 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50kg
124 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 49kg

How are the Melbourne cup weights determined?

Multiple factors determine what weight a horse will carry in the Melbourne Cup.

Some of these factors include the age and sex of the horse, with the most important being career performances to date.

The topweight(s) are allocated 58kg when weights are released and the minimum handicap weight is 49kg which is generally reserved for any three-year-olds.

Once acceptances have been made, if the topweight is less than 58kg, the weights for all horses may be raised.

Following the release of Melbourne Cup weights, horses may receive a weight increase penalty for winning Listed, Group or Graded races locally and internationally. This is up to the discretion of the handicapper.