Tuesday 15 September, 2015

By Craig Brennan – AAP

Comic Court was the first association 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings had with the famous race.

Protectionist was dominant winning the 2014 Melbourne Cup
Protectionist was dominant winning the 2014 Melbourne Cup

Trained by Cummings’ father Jim, in 1950 Comic Court was also the last original topweight to win the handicap race.

That’s the task in front of Protectionist and English stayer Snow Sky if they are to win this year’s $6.2 million race on November 3 with their topweight of 58kg.

“There have been 22 original topweights contest the Melbourne Cup since Comic Court’s win in 1950 and none have placed,” Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said.

Now trained by Kris Lees, Protectionist won the Cup last year for German trainer Andreas Wohler, carrying 56.5kg and will be striving to join Makybe Diva (2003,04,05), Think Big (1974,75), Rain Lover (1968,69), Peter Pan (1932, 34) and Archer (1861,62) as the only multiple winners of the race.

Snow Sky is the highest-rated runner having won the Hardwicke Stakes during the Royal Ascot meeting in June.

Snow Sky was a devastating winner of the prestigious Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this year
Snow Sky was a devastating winner of the prestigious Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this year

Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George is one of four Aidan O’Brien horses nominated, with Carpenter rating him the equal of the topweights.

“The 54kg I have allotted him as a northern hemisphere three-year-old is the same as 58kg for an older horse with both being 1.5kg below the weight-for-age benchmark,” Carpenter said.

Stablemates, English St Leger first and third, Bondi Beach and Fields Of Athenry, have 52.5kg and 51kg respectively while Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Kingfisher has 53kg.

The ATC Australian Derby and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion, is the highest-rated of the Australian-trained stayers with 57.5kg.

Three-time Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is in quarantine in preparation for a fifth attempt at the Cup.

weekend king racing red cadeaux
3 time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux carried 57kg when runner-up to Protectionist last year and drops to 55kg this time, the same weight as stablemate and Ascot Gold Cup winner, Trip To Paris.

Japanese stayers, Fame Game (57kg) and Hokko Brave (55.5kg) will be attempting the one-two finish of compatriots Delta Blues and Pop Rock in 2006.

They are due to arrive in Australia on Saturday.

New Zealand and ATC Australian Derby winner Mongolian Khan is the highest-rated four-year-old with 55kg ahead of Victoria Derby winner Preferment with 53.5kg.

Last season’s ATC Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind and VRC Oaks winner Set Square have 51kg.

Gust of Wind (fence) bolts in the 2014 ATC Oaks at Royal Randwick
Gust of Wind (fence) bolts in the 2014 ATC Oaks at Royal Randwick

Precedence, the last runner for Cummings in the Cup before his death last month, has 52kg, and will need to win a ballot-free race to guarantee a fifth start in the race.

FULL MELBOURNE CUP 2015 ENTRIES LIST, WEIGHT & BALLOT ORDER:

Race 7 – Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200 METRES)
Of $6,000,000.1st $3,600,000, 2nd $900,000, 3rd $450,000, 4th $250,000, 5th $175,000, 6th $125,000, 7th $125,000, 8th $125,000, 9th $125,000, 10th $125,000 GROUP 1
Handicap, Minimum Weight 50kg, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 24

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 141x6857x0 PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 1 58kg 1.5
2 123x7x116x SNOW SKY (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 2 58kg 1.5
3 3x32135x6x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 3 57.5kg 2
4 6x61x01x2x FAME GAME (JPN) H 6 Yoshitada Munakata 4 57kg 2.5
5 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 5 56kg 3.5
6 115x47117x BIG ORANGE (GB) G 5 Michael Bell 6 55.5kg 4
7 111x41x28x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 5 Antoine de Watrigant 7 55.5kg 4
8 x62307x605 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 8 55.5kg 4
9 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 9 55.5kg 4
10 238x05x36x HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) H 8 Yasutoshi Matsunaga 10 55.5kg 4
11 1244F7221x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 6 William Mullins 11 55kg 4.5
12 01111151×7 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 12 55kg 3
13 x951511x26 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 13 55kg 4.5
14 726x52073x RED CADEAUX (GB) G 10 Ed Dunlop 14 55kg 4.5
15 x41112135x TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 5 Ed Dunlop 15 55kg 4.5
16 103x5442x7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 16 54.5kg 5
17 221112×01 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 17 54kg 5.5
18 42152×2111 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 18 54kg 1.5
19 1x46xD1x1x SKY HUNTER (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 19 54kg 5.5
20 5960x8x15x THE OFFER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 20 54kg 5.5
21 3311x6x0x0 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 21 53.5kg 6
22 1x889431x0 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 22 53.5kg 6
23 421x0628x0 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 23 53.5kg 4.5
24 2201x2112x QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) G 6 Roger Charlton 24 53.5kg 6
25 20x7433x13 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 25 53.5kg 4.5
26 43352x0x33 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 26 53kg 6.5
27 11x60212x0 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 27 53kg 5
28 266x412x38 KINGFISHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 28 53kg 6.5
29 8782123x8x PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 29 53kg 6.5
30 226x122x62 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 30 53kg 5
31 111112×708 TAIYOO G 6 Darren Weir 31 53kg 6.5
32 x800530x48 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 32 52.5kg 7
33 12121 BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 33 52.5kg 3
34 25x6624x00 DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir 34 52.5kg 7
35 645361x2x1 SECRET NUMBER (GB) H 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 35 52.5kg 7
36 6798x21x0x SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 36 52.5kg 7
37 130082×249 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 37 52.5kg 7
38 x015416x50 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 38 52kg 7.5
39 x2237x421x BONFIRE (GB) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 39 52kg 7.5
40 41411x82x0 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 40 52kg 7.5
41 x57x157x8x GUARDINI (FR) H 5 Paul Harley 41 52kg 7.5
42 x5x411213x LORESHO (FR) H 5 Jean-Claude Rouget 42 52kg 7.5
43 4618411×00 MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh 43 52kg 6
44 7x0556x5x0 PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 James Cummings 44 52kg 7.5
45 x0P1114023 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 7 William Mullins 45 52kg 7.5
46 36211x0x0x AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 46 51.5kg 8
47 3x21172x00 BONDEIGER H 4 Danny O’Brien 47 51.5kg 6.5
48 0160x82Px0 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 48 51.5kg 8
49 17Fx231102 CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) G 9 William Mullins 49 51kg 8.5
50 4256184183 CRAFTY CRUISER G 8 Bryce Stanaway 50 51kg 8.5
51 11122x24x1 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 51 51kg 7
52 5200281×97 ESCADO G 6 Matt Laurie 52 51kg 8.5
53 715x11x57x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 53 51kg 8.5
54 7×121153 FIELDS OF ATHENRY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 54 51kg 4.5
55 1316x3348x FOREVER NOW (GB) H 5 Martyn Meade 55 51kg 8.5
56 4x1141x98 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 56 51kg 5.5
57 13×4439608 HAVANA BEAT (IRE) G 6 Andrew Balding 57 51kg 8.5
58 14x2111x50 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 58 51kg 7
59 1362x893x0 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 59 51kg 8.5
60 22x131x0x0 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) G 7 John Sadler 60 51kg 8.5
61 x21x67x1x0 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 61 51kg 8.5
62 x3756x1723 ORIENTAL FOX (GER) G 8 Mark Johnston 62 51kg 8.5
63 111x230x25 SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher 63 51kg 5.5
64 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 64 51kg 8.5
65 0641×54885 SIMENON (IRE) G 9 William Mullins 65 51kg 8.5
66 8x09115x0x BRING SOMETHING G 5 Ken Keys 66 50.5kg 9
67 134321x6x1 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 67 50.5kg 9
68 11x6650x55 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 68 50.5kg 7.5
69 5x1519125x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 69 50.5kg 9
70 0673510x0x PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) M 5 Peter Hollinshead 70 50.5kg 7.5
71 16x684x4x8 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke 71 50.5kg 9
72 36x12212x0 SENSE OF OCCASION G 5 Joseph Pride 72 50.5kg 9
73 1x81111x8x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 73 50.5kg 9
74 x17x0x1P1x WADI AL HATTAWI (IRE) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 74 50.5kg 9
75 346Lx64461 ALBONETTI M 6 Sue Jaensch 75 50kg 9.5
76 4111×41191 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke 76 50kg 9.5
77 343x034x30 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 77 50kg 9.5
78 88174×7 BIKILA G 4 Pat Carey 78 50kg 9.5
79 154x2121x6 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 79 50kg 9
80 7x32303x8x BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 80 50kg 9.5
81 64x0726x7x BRIGANTIN (USA) H 9 Jim Litt 81 50kg 9.5
82 61337x8x9x CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 82 50kg 9.5
83 1x4872x31x CARLO BUGATTI (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 83 50kg 9.5
84 22x96834x7 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) H 6 Bjorn Baker 84 50kg 9.5
85 5x070x099x COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 85 50kg 9.5
86 13x34441x6 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 5 Danny O’Brien 86 50kg 9.5
87 3144273×00 DESERT ROAD G 5 Robbie Laing 87 50kg 9.5
88 7x2x9x0056 DIAGHAN (FR) G 5 Peter G Moody 88 50kg 9.5
89 0755x9960x DISCLAIMER (GB) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 89 50kg 9.5
90 3x10x3 DIVAN (NZ) G 4 Robert Hickmott 90 50kg 9.5
91 1x07130x40 DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 91 50kg 9.5
92 11x245x0x8 DOUMARAN (FR) G 5 Robert Hickmott 92 50kg 9.5
93 6316×41211 ELHAAME (IRE) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 93 50kg 9.5
94 x530x4311x EMERALD CITY G 5 David Vandyke 94 50kg 9.5
95 621120x87x EPSOM HILL (SWE) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 95 50kg 9.5
96 4700x88x00 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 96 50kg 9.5
97 641846x97x FALAMONTE (NZ) M 5 Henry Dwyer 97 50kg 9.5
98 x12x009x83 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 98 50kg 9.5
99 3322211x0x GENUINE LAD G 5 Robert Smerdon 99 50kg 9.5
100 x0x0083x54 GERONTIUS G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 100 50kg 9.5
101 x813111x5x GESEMI (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker 101 50kg 9.5
102 x05478714x GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) G 7 Paul Perry 102 50kg 9.5
103 40x030x36x HAPPY AS HELL G 5 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 103 50kg 9.5
104 3x362Lx606 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 104 50kg 9.5
105 111x35x239 HIDDEN GOLD (IRE) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 105 50kg 8
106 5104110x HIGH MIDNIGHT G 4 James Cummings 106 50kg 9.5
107 750840×479 IHTSAHYMN G 5 Patrick Payne 107 50kg 9.5
108 x00x86123x KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 108 50kg 9.5
109 4117x28x14 KING KINSHASA (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 109 50kg 9.5
110 x125236x35 KINGDOMS (NZ) G 6 Brian Smith 110 50kg 9.5
111 23x8761x0x LA AMISTAD M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 111 50kg 9
112 357x214x0x LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston 112 50kg 9.5
113 5x91174x1x LIBRAN (IRE) G 5 Alan Swinbank 113 50kg 9.5
114 3955x1431x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 114 50kg 9.5
115 842494x11x MAGNAPAL G 6 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 115 50kg 9.5
116 74x5421x4x MANALAPAN (IRE) G 6 Dermot K Weld 116 50kg 9.5
117 142x5x367x MANNDAWI (FR) G 6 Ed Dunlop 117 50kg 9.5
118 13213x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 118 50kg 9.5
119 4x21221x12 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 119 50kg 9.5
120 1212146x0x MAYGROVE G 5 Murray Baker 120 50kg 9.5
121 88x007141x MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 121 50kg 9.5
122 6315x1x NAZIR (NZ) G 4 James Cummings 122 50kg 9.5
123 4211x7x23x ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson 123 50kg 9.5
124 524005102x POP ’N’ SCOTCH G 5 Liam Birchley 124 50kg 9.5
125 212216×041 PURPLE SMILE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 125 50kg 9.5
126 5x453210x8 REFECTORY (IRE) G 6 Richard Laming 126 50kg 9.5
127 21x06300x0 RENEW (IRE) G 6 Archie Alexander 127 50kg 9.5
128 4612156×2 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 128 50kg 9.5
129 3210x0x060 RUSCELLO (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 129 50kg 9.5
130 1586x7x SAN PADRE H 4 Michael Kent 130 50kg 9.5
131 3983211×74 SASENKILE G 5 Tony McEvoy 131 50kg 9.5
132 3361514712 SIR MAKO (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 132 50kg 9.5
133 1x4x3x0x12 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 133 50kg 9.5
134 2x0535x868 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 134 50kg 8
135 0056947719 THUNDER SET G 7 Vince Jones 135 50kg 9.5
136 68121×9609 TURNER BAYOU (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 136 50kg 9.5
137 10320x2x5x VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 137 50kg 9.5
138 3x31159x6x ZADON G 5 Robbie Griffiths 138 50kg 9.5
139 22213x221x ZAFAYAN (IRE) G 5 Dermot K Weld 139 50kg 9.5
140 14x23314x8 ZANTECA (NZ) M 6 Darren Weir 140 50kg 9.5
141 63115734x ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings 141 50kg 9.5
142 2x6105x42x ZEE ZEELY (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 142 50kg 9.5