Dunaden Top Weight For Cup

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Dunaden won the 2011 Melbourne Cup. Picture: Andrew Brownbill/AP
The past two Melbourne Cup winners head the weights for this year’s renewal of the race, with Dunaden  asked to carry 58.5kg and 2012 victor Green Moon 57.5kg. Now an eight year-old, Dunaden was 14th in the $6.2 million event last November with 59kg when carrying 4.5kg more than Green Moon , who has just 1kg less than the reigning Caulfield Cup champion this time around.

Green Moon is one of a dozen runners entered in the race for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams, with highly regarded imports Sea Moon  and Masked Marvel  burdened with 56.5kg and 54kg respectively, while Sydney Cup winner Mourayan  has been allotted with 54.5kg.

Red Cadeaux  was beaten by the smallest possible margin when a nose behind Dunaden in 2011 and is expected to travel to Australia for the third time after being given 56.5kg, a rise of 1kg following his success in the Hong Kong Vase and runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup since last year’s renewal. Fiorente  was second at Flemington last November with 53.5kg but will have to lump 55kg to go one better this time around.

This season’s crop of four year-olds are considered the best in a while and Australian Derby winner It’s A Dundeel  will have to be something special to win the 3200m event. He has been allotted with 56kg, the same weight that champion So You Think carried into third as a four year-old. Mark Kavanagh’s Australian Cup winner Super Cool  has been given 54.5kg while Queensland Derby victor Hawkspur  appears to be well weighted with 53.5kg.

Puissance De Lune  has been favourite for the race since betting opened following his effortless win in the Group Three Queen Elizabeth Stakes last November and will carry 54.5kg at his first attempt over two miles. Popular European trainer Luca Cumani will rely on Mount Athos , who was a fast-finishing fifth with 54kg in 2012 and has been given the same impost for this year’s renewal. English St Leger winner Leading Light  has 52.5kg, while the Aga Khan’s Prix Kergorlay scorer Verema  has 53kg.

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