Melbourne Cup domination forces weights change
Rekindling and Cross Counter have forced handicappers to raise Melbourne Cup weights
Rekindling wins the Melbourne Cup carrying a very light weight
Melbourne Cup gets weights overhaul
Due to the recent domination by European three-year-olds in the Melbourne Cup, a new weight scale has been initiated.
Three-year-old runners from Europe have won the last two Melbourne Cup races, with Rekindling winning in 2017 and Cross Counter winning in 2018.
Rekindling carried 51.5kg to victory at Flemington and Cross Counter won with 51kg. Many punters had identified the weights scale as unfair towards the older horses and now Greg Carpenter has made the change.
Carpenter is Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper and he believes reviewing the northern hemisphere weight scale was needed.
“The first part has been concluded, with the review of the weight-for-age scale," Carpenter told RSN927.
"What it showed was that the Australian weight-for-age scale and the table of allowances for northern hemisphere three-year-olds actually had them more favourably treated than their own weight-for-age scale in Europe.
"For example, a 3200-metre race on the first Tuesday of November we were giving them a four kilogram allowance against the older horses, which is the equivalent of eight pounds 10 ounces, and they were getting only seven pounds in the English scale.
"So, what we've done is we've amended the benchmark weight for northern hemisphere three-year-olds in the Melbourne Cup from 55-1/2-(kilograms) to 56-1/2. So instead of getting four kilos off the older horses, they will now get three.”