Melbourne Cup 2020 Weights Analysis

13 October, 2020

The first question annually pondered when looking at the Melbourne Cup weights is ‘What handicap will be required to get into the field’?

The safest estimate from Tuesday’s release of weights is that horses handicapped 6kg below their figure on the weight-for-age scale should get a run in the $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 3. In simple terms, a male horse aged five or older requires at least 53.5kg to be reasonably assured a spot in the field.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare and The Chosen One, after winning the G2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), entered the field with their benchmark weight at 6kg. The only horse with a lower benchmark weight in the field was Steel Prince (7kg), who gained exemption by winning the Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) earlier in the year. Read More …