Melbourne Cup weights could be lifted

After her big win in the Caulfield Cup, Jameka could carry 54kg in the Melbourne Cup.
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After her big win in the Caulfield Cup, Jameka could carry 54kg in the Melbourne Cup.

Chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said there was a chance the Melbourne Cup weights could be raised at final declaration time to ensure the topweight carried a minimum of 57 kilograms.

"As it stands, Preferment is the highest-weighted horse in the Cup with 56.5kg, followed by star UK stayer Big Orange on 56, which will require all weights to be raised by at least 0.5kg," he said. 

"If this eventuates, Jameka will have to carry at least 54kg," he said.

"While she was clearly the dominant stayer at Caulfield on Saturday, Jameka will face a new challenge in the Melbourne Cup when she lines up against a second wave of international rivals including Big Orange, Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave, Ebor Handicap winner Heartbreak City and classy Japanese stayer Curren Mirotic.

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"There is also the prospect of Hartnell running in the Melbourne Cup off a mark of 55kg, after he takes on super mare Winx in the Cox Plate this Saturday, which would certainly make for a vintage running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup."

Second declarations for the 2016 Melbourne Cup will be taken at 10am on Monday. This will give a clearer picture of the possible make-up of the field.

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 - Sydney Morning Herald

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