2015 Melbourne Cup: Protectionist & Snow Sky Equal Topweights

15 September, 2015

Early Melbourne Cup favourite Fame Game has been allocated 57kg, with defending champion Protectionist and British stayer Snow Sky sharing the topweight of 58kg.

Japanese star Fame Game was a $9 chance for the $6.2 million race before today’s weight declaration.

He, along with fellow Japanese entrant Hokko Brave (55.5kg), will arrive in Melbourne on Saturday.

The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite occupied the second line of betting at $15 and has received 55kg.

German entire Protectionist, who is now trained in Australia by Kris Lees, rises 1.5kg from the 56.5kg he carried in last year’s stunning triumph.

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said both Protectionist and Snow Sky had earned the impost.

“Protectionist was a dominant winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup carrying 56.5kg and rises 1.5kg for this year’s renewal,” Carpenter said.

“Snow Sky is the highest rated horse in the field having won the coveted Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) in emphatic fashion at this year’s Royal Ascot Carnival.”

Multiple runner-up Red Cadeaux will carry 55.5kg in his fifth straight Melbourne Cup attempt, giving him a 3.5kg turnaround on Protectionist. Full Story Here