Weights Disclosed for Melbourne Cup

The weights were disclosed on Wednesday for the Emirates Melbourne Cup, with joint top weight being assigned to Alandi, formerly trained by John Oxx, together with Efficient, the 2007 champion for the prestigious event on the first Tuesday in November.

Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse

The pair have been assigned 58kgs (about 9st 2lb) for the famous 2m handicap, known in Australia as 'the race that stops a nation'.

Victor of the Irish St Leger and Prix du Cadran last year, Alandi left the Oxx stable last October, but has yet to run for Robert Hickmott, his current trainer, but is thought to have been purchased for a performance in the Melbourne Cup.

The local favourite for this year's event is the victor of last year, Shocking, who has been allotted 57kg (9st), a 6kg (13lb) increase from the weight in 2009.

The 2008 runner up, the Luca Cumani charge Bauer, who has been sidelined since with injury trouble, has been given 53.5kg (8st 6lb), with stable mate Drunken Sailor assigned 53kg (8st 5lb).

Just a possibility at this early point, Bauer is expected to make his long anticipated return at Salisbury on Thursday.

"He'll need a couple more runs before we can make a decision. We need to see what shape and form he is in after an absence of two years. There is enough time, he could go in the last quarantine," Cumani said.

Trainer Dermot Weld has a good track record for the Melbourne Cup, having grabbed the trophey on twice so far, with Vintage Crop in 1993 and then with Media Puzzle in 2002. Weld charge Rite Of Passage, current favourite with bookies in Britain and Ireland, has been assigned 57kg (9st), while stable mate Profound Beauty has been given 54kg (8st 7lb).

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