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Yeats lumbered with top weight for Melbourne Cup

IRELAND'S triple Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats has been allotted top weight for the A$5.65 million (£2.6 million) Melbourne Cup on November 4.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Yeats was allocated 59kg, marking the third year in a row the seven-year-old has been saddled with the highest handicap for Australia's richest, most famous race.

Yeats's stablemate Septimus, who was crowned Europe's champion stayer in 2007, was given second top weight of 58.5kg. Last year's winner, Australian horse Efficient, was handed 58kg.

"The best three staying performances of the last year were by Yeats, Septimus and Efficient so they will head the weights," said Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.

Delta Blues and Pop Rock, the Japan-trained duo which completed a unique one-two for their country in the 2006 Melbourne Cup, were included in the weights but have already been ruled out of the race because of Australia's strict quarantine regulations.

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