The Courier-Mail

Weight and see, it could be Lee’s

- ROD NICHOLSON

LEE Freedman’s chances of a fifth Caulfield Cup – his first in a dozen years – were boosted when Our Ivanhowe was well weighted for the $3.15m feature on October 17.

The German import has an internatio­nal rating of 120, as have other Cup contenders Protection­ist and Criterion, but has been given only 56kg.

Last year’s German Melbourne Cup winner Protection­ist must carry equal topweight of 58kg, while the David Hayes/Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion has an impost of 57.5kg.

Freedman has won the Cup with Mannerism (1992), Paris Lane (1994), Doriemus (1995) and Mummify (2003).

Racing Victoria’s chief handicappe­r Greg Carpenter conceded Our Ivanhowe’s credential­s were “very good” and his rating outstandin­g on the back of two Group 1 wins in Germany and a sixth in the Japan Cup.

“He is a query runner in many ways but he is one of the many chances in what I believe is an excellent year of talent and depth in the race,” Carpenter said.

He gave Sir Michael Stout-trained UK galloper Snow Sky equal top weight of 58kg.

Fame Game has been allocated 57kg as he attempts to deliver Japan back-to-back victories in the world’s richest 2400-metre handicap.

The Yoshitada Munakata-trained six-year-old, second in this year’s Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m), will carry 1kg less than Admire Rakti carried to win last year’s Cup.

John O’Shea-trained Contribute­r, a $1.80 favourite in Saturday’s Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, has been allocated 57kg.

Hartnell, and NZ and Australian Derby winner Mongolian Khan, have 55.5kg.

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