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Summerhill stallion Solskjaer’s illustrious brother, Yeats, has been allocated the top weight for the Emirates Melbourne Cup to be run over 3200m at Flemington  on 4 November.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Yeats was allocated 59 kilograms, marking the third year in succession that the eight-year-old had been saddled with the highest handicap for the $5.65 million race.

Yeats’ stablemate, Septimus, who was crowned Europe’s champion stayer in 2007, has been given the second top weight of 58kg. Last year’s winner Efficient was handed 58kgs.

“The best three staying performances of the last year were by Yeats, Septimus and Efficient so they will head the weights.” said Chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.

The final field of 24 will be determined three days before the race on 4 November with around six foreign-trained runners expected to make it to the barriers.