Yeats tops Melbourne weights

Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats has been handed top weight of approximately 9st 4lb for the Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7.

Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats has been handed top weight of approximately 9st 4lb for the Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 7.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained five-year-old has been given 59kg for the two-mile feature at Flemington after also taking the Goodwood Cup on his last start.

Next best on 9st 2lb (58kg) is possible American raider Better Talk Now, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2004, while Godolphin’s Cherry Mix has been given 9st.

Andrew Balding’s Phoenix Reach, a disappointing last in the Arlington Million on his last start, has 8st 13lb with the Alan Swinbank-trained Collier Hill just below him on 8st 11lb.

Geordieland, second behind Yeats at Goodwood, has 8st 7lb with the George Margarson-trained Young Mick, who was third in the Ebor, allotted 8st 3lb.

The Luca Cumani-trained pair of Ebor second Glistening and Soulacroix have been given 8st and 7st 13lb respectively.

As well as Cherry Mix, Godolphin have entered Imperial Stride 8st 10lb, Gonbarda 8st 8lb, Guadalajara 8st 3lb, Melrose Avenue 8st 1lb, Kerashan 7st 11lb and Northern Splendour 7st 11lb.

David Elsworth has three entered in Balkan Knight and Wunderwood, who are both on 8st 4lb, and Art Eyes on 7st 12lb while Mick Channon has dual Royal Ascot winner Baddam with 8st 3lb.

Carte Diamond, who is currently sidelined by an injury, has 8st 4lb with Amanda Perrett’s Tungsten Strike on 8st 6lb. His stablemate Orange Touch has 7st 11lb.

The possible British challenge is completed by Land ‘N Stars and Munsef who are both on 8st 5lb and High Action on 7st 13lb.

Dermot Weld, who has won the race twice with Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle, has just one entry this year in recent Galway hurdle winner Summer Soul who is on 7st 11lb..

Andre Fabre’s Reefscape, who was second to Yeats at Ascot, has 8st 10lb with his French compatriot Policy Maker on 8st 11lb.

Eremein, a multiple Group One winner in Australia for Allan Denham, is the top home-trained hope on 9st 2lb.

Headturner and De Beers, first and second in the Australian Derby at Randwick in April, have 8st 7lb and 8st 4lb respectively.

On A Jeune, who finished one and a quarter lengths behind Makybe Diva last year, has 8st 5lb while the 2005 Caulfield Cup winner Railings is on 8st 10lb.

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