Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment will have to carry top weight of 58 kilograms and set a new age record for a winner.
This if he is to repeat his heroics in the world’s richest handicap race.
The Team Williams-owned and Joseph O’Brien-trained gelding will be a nine-year-old to Australian time if he makes it through to race-day at Flemington.
No horse of that age has ever triumphed in the 3200-metre contest.
The Irish raider equaled the record of Catalogue in 1938 and Toryboy in 1865 when he landed the prize last year, but he will truly be a horse out of history if he backs up.
The Melbourne Cup commences on the 2nd of next month at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.