Racing Victoria Adds Weight to Northern Horses for Major Races

Northern raiders will face a more difficult task as the force of gravity has been enlisted by Racing Victoria.

Following the Melbourne Cup victories by Cross Counter in 2018 and Rekindling in 2017, RV conducted a review of how the three-year-olds from the northern hemisphere were assigned weights.

Cross Counter had only 51 kg in 2018, while Rekindling had 51.5 kg.

We seem to recall some historical reference to, no sooner thought of than easily verified, listing weights for Carbine (1890) of 66 kg, Phar Lap (1931) with 68 kg and Makybe Diva (2005) with 58 kg.

The results of the review of weight-for-age scales used in Europe and Australia revealed that the imported Melbourne Cup runners from the north were treated better by Australia’s standards than by the standards of their European scales.

Greg Carpenter of Racing Victoria reported, “The first part has been concluded, with the review of the weight-for-age scale,” Carpenter told RSN927.”What it showed was that the Australian weight-for-age scale and the table of allowances for northern hemisphere three-year-olds actually had them more favourably treated than their own weight-for-age scale in Europe.”

No simply content with the bragging rights for most land mass by a hemisphere, the northern seems intent on gaining an advantage by crossing the equator to race.

Carpenter said that the northern horses typically were advantaged to the tune of a little better than 2 kg.

Beginning in the 2019 Melbourne Cup, the northern hemisphere horses will have to carry an extra kilogram in the case of three-year-olds.

It is quite an undertaking to bring a Thoroughbred from the northern hemisphere to run in the Melbourne Cup. There are the transportation costs and quarantines to consider and leaving empty-handed leaves a hefty dent in the wallet, even for the well heeled who have the financial wherewithal to contemplate the undertaking.

Now, they might have to think harder.

Racing Victoria is also bumping weights for northern hemisphere horses for the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate, but just by half a kilogram.

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