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O'Brien may have it right

Weight, so often decried by connections, is a relatively welcome impost when it comes to making the final field for the A$8 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup.

Owners and trainers want enough weight allocated to get into the race, but not so much that it lowers a horse’s chances.

Aidan O'Brien (photo: Coolmore)

Aidan O’Brien (photo: Coolmore)

Ballydoyle’s trainer Aidan O’Brien appears to have got the balance just right with lightly raced Tiger Moth, whose Gr3 Kilternan Stakes win at Leopardstown provided Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter with the impetus to penalise the son of Galileo an extra 2.5kg for the Cup.

Carpenter explained his reasoning for the decision which now sees Tiger Moth twelfth in the order of entry (just below Russian Camelot and Santiago), telling punters.com.au:

“When releasing the weights, I identified Tiger Moth as one of the more difficult horses to assess given he had only run three times… His dominant win in the Gr3 Kilternan Stakes now supports his Irish Derby performance, and the form from the Derby has been enhanced with the winner Santiago finishing third to Stradivarius in the Gr1 Goodwood Cup and then, over the weekend, he was fourth, beaten 1.5-lengths, in the Gr1 English St Leger.”

What remains unknown is, will he come?

Lexus Melbourne Cup 2020 – Weights
Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58.5kg 1
2 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57kg 2.5
3 SOVEREIGN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 3 57kg 2.5
4 VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg 2.5
5 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien 5 56kg 3.5
6 TELECASTER (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 6 56kg 3.5
7 REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 7 55.5kg 4
8 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 55.5kg 4
9 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien 9 55.5kg 4
10 BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 10 55kg 4.5
11 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 55kg 4.5
12 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 12 55kg 4.5
13 STRATUM (GB) G 8 William Mullins 13 55kg 4.5
14 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 14 55kg 3
15 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding 15 54.5kg 5
16 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 16 54.5kg 5
17 NANCHO (GER) G 6 Anthony Cummings 17 54.5kg 5
18 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes 18 54.5kg 5
19 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 19 54.5kg 5
20 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 20 54.5kg 5
21 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 21 54kg 5.5
22 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 22 54kg 5.5
23 PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 23 54kg 5.5
24 RED VERDON (USA) G 8 Ed Dunlop 24 54kg 5.5
25 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 25 53.5kg 6
26 DANCETERIA (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 26 53.5kg 6
27 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 27 53.5kg 6
28 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28 53.5kg 6
29 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 29 53.5kg 6
30 NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 30 53.5kg 6
31 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 31 53.5kg 6
32 EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) H 5 David O’Meara 32 53.5kg 6
33 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 33 53.5kg 6
34 QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 34 53.5kg 4.5
35 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 35 53.5kg 3
36 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 36 53.5kg 6
37 SANTIAGO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 37 53.5kg 3
38 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 38 53.5kg 6
39 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 53kg 6.5
40 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 40 53kg 5
41 ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 41 53kg 6.5
42 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 42 53kg 6.5
43 WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 43 53kg 5
44 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 44 52.5kg 7
45 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg 5.5
46 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 46 52.5kg 7
47 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Hughie Morrison 47 52.5kg 7
48 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) H 4 Jean-Claude Rouget 48 52.5kg 4
49 SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 49 52.5kg 7
50 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 50 52.5kg 7
51 AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51 52kg 7.5
52 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 52 52kg 7.5
53 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 53 52kg 7.5
54 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 54 52kg 4.5
55 HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 55 52kg 7.5
56 MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 56 52kg 6
57 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 57 52kg 7.5
58 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 58 52kg 7.5
59 TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 William Mullins 59 52kg 6
60 WEEKENDER (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 60 52kg 7.5
61 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 61 52kg 6
62 FURRION (GB) G 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 62 51.5kg 8
63 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 63 51.5kg 8
64 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 64 51.5kg 6.5
65 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 65 51.5kg 6.5
66 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 66 51.5kg 6.5
67 AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 67 51kg 8.5
68 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 51kg 8.5
69 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 69 51kg 8.5
70 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 70 51kg 8.5
71 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 71 51kg 8.5
72 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 72 51kg 8.5
73 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73 51kg 8.5
74 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 74 51kg 5.5
75 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 75 51kg 7
76 PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 76 51kg 8.5
77 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 77 51kg 8.5
78 SUPER TITUS (GB) G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 78 51kg 8.5
79 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 79 51kg 5.5
80 WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80 51kg 8.5
81 CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 81 50.5kg 9
82 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani 82 50.5kg 9
83 GREY LION (IRE) G 9 Matthew Smith 83 50.5kg 9
84 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84 50.5kg 9
85 NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 85 50.5kg 9
86 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86 50.5kg 9
87 SCHABAU (GER) H 6 Robert Hickmott 87 50.5kg 9
88 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 88 50.5kg 9
89 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 89 50.5kg 9
90 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 7 Paul Preusker 90 50kg 9.5
91 ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) G 7 Paul Preusker 91 50kg 9.5
92 ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees 92 50kg 8.5
93 ALMANIA (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 93 50kg 9.5
94 AMERICAN WHISKEY (USA) H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94 50kg 9.5
95 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 95 50kg 9.5
96 ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 96 50kg 9.5
97 BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 97 50kg 9.5
98 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98 50kg 9.5
99 BENITOITE M 5 Clinton McDonald 99 50kg 9.5
100 BOLLEVILLE (IRE) M 5 Joseph O’Brien 100 50kg 8.5
101 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101 50kg 9.5
102 COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102 50kg 9.5
103 CORMORANT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 103 50kg 9
104 CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary & John Moore 104 50kg 9.5
105 DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105 50kg 9.5
106 DAWN PATROL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 106 50kg 9
107 DEGRAVES (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 107 50kg 9.5
108 DELPHI (IRE) H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 108 50kg 7.5
109 DJUKON (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 109 50kg 9.5
110 DON’T DOUBT DORY G 4 Julien Welsh 110 50kg 9.5
111 ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Ed Walker 111 50kg 9
112 ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 112 50kg 9
113 EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 113 50kg 9.5
114 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114 50kg 9.5
115 FLASH AAH G 5 Mitchell Fry 115 50kg 9.5
116 FRANKELY AWESOME M 5 Kris Lees 116 50kg 8.5
117 FUN FACT G 5 Bjorn Baker 117 50kg 9.5
118 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 118 50kg 9.5
119 GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 119 50kg 9
120 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 8 Bill Thurlow 120 50kg 8.5
121 GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 121 50kg 9.5
122 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 122 50kg 9.5
123 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 123 50kg 9.5
124 IMPACTFUL G 4 Chris Waller 124 50kg 9.5
125 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 125 50kg 8
126 INVOLVED (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 126 50kg 9.5
127 JACK REGAN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 127 50kg 9.5
128 JUST THINKIN’ G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 128 50kg 9.5
129 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 129 50kg 8.5
130 KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees 130 50kg 9.5
131 LATIN BEAT (IRE) G 7 Saab Hasan 131 50kg 9.5
132 LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 132 50kg 9.5
133 MASAFF (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 133 50kg 9.5
134 MIDTERM (GB) G 8 Michael & Luke Cerchi 134 50kg 9.5
135 MILESTONE (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 135 50kg 9.5
136 MIRIMAR (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 136 50kg 9.5
137 MIYAKE H 4 Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 MYTHICAL (FR) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 138 50kg 9.5
139 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 139 50kg 9.5
140 NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith 140 50kg 9.5
141 NOBEL PRIZE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 141 50kg 9.5
142 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 142 50kg 9.5
143 ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 143 50kg 9.5
144 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 144 50kg 9.5
145 OUT OF THE PARK (NZ) M 6 Henry Dwyer 145 50kg 9.5
146 PELONOMENA M 6 Michael Kent 146 50kg 9.5
147 PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 147 50kg 9.5
148 REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 148 50kg 9.5
149 RIDER IN THE SNOW (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 149 50kg 9.5
150 RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 150 50kg 8
151 ROYAL CROWN G 4 Michael Kent 151 50kg 9
152 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Danny O’Brien 152 50kg 9.5
153 SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 153 50kg 9.5
154 SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 154 50kg 9.5
155 SELINO (GB) G 5 James Fanshawe 155 50kg 9.5
156 SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker 156 50kg 9.5
157 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 157 50kg 9.5
158 SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 158 50kg 9.5
159 SKELM G 6 Terry Kelly 159 50kg 9.5
160 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 160 50kg 9.5
161 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 161 50kg 9.5
162 SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 162 50kg 9.5
163 TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 163 50kg 9.5
164 THE KING (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith 164 50kg 9.5
165 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 165 50kg 9.5
166 TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 166 50kg 7.5
167 TINANDALI (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 167 50kg 9.5
168 TORRENS H 4 Ethan Ensby 168 50kg 9.5
169 VOYAGE DE LUNE G 4 Saab Hasan 169 50kg 9.5
170 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 170 50kg 9.5
171 WYCLIF (GB) H 4 Danny O’Brien 171 50kg 9.5
172 YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 172 50kg 9.5
173 ZACADA (NZ) G 8 Jim & Greg Lee 173 50kg 9.5
174 ZAMOSA (NZ) M 5 Mitchell Fry 174 50kg 9.5
175 ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings 175 49kg 9.5

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