Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain has been allocated the top weight for this year’s 2011 Caulfield Cup that will run on October 15, 2011.
Americain will carry 58 kilograms in the $3 million Caulfield Cup 2011 after he was penalised 3.5 kilograms by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter for his 2010 Melbourne Cup win.
“Americain won the Melbourne Cup with 54.5kg and rises to top weight of 58kg in the Caulfield Cup in recognition of being the second highest rated stayer in the world in 2011,” Mr Carpenter said.
“Viewed was the most recent Melbourne Cup winner to return the following year and win the Caulfield in 2009.
“He did so with 57kg having been penalised 4kg for his Melbourne Cup victory.”
Carpenter chose to only allocate a top weight of 58 kilograms in order to ensure that top horses were not weighted out of the field.
“The nature of the race has changed and how I handicap them has changed,” Mr Carpenter said.
“These races are Group 1 handicap races and we want the best stayers in the world to compete in them.
“In the last 30-40 years only two horses have been able to carry more than 57kg and win the Melbourne Cup and only Northerly carried 58kg to win the Caulfield Cup.
“No matter how good a horse is, to carry big weights against quality opposition with less weight, it does take an exceptional performance to still win the race.”
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