Definition of top weight in English:

top weight


  • The heaviest weight carried by a horse in a race.

    • ‘Carrying top weight of 129 pounds, Kutub was always in cruise control for Dettori, despite a tardy start, and with a quarter of a mile left to run, sprinted away from his rivals to win as he liked.’
    • ‘The country minimum weight will be 119 and the minimum top weight at declaration time will be 133 pounds.’
    • ‘Always cruising confidently on the top weight, the jockey was carried to the front plenty early enough, as rival after rival failed to keep pace.’
    • ‘Amberleigh House warmed up for the 2005 National when running a decent race under top weight to finish fourth to Silver Birch in the Becher Chase at Aintree on Sunday.’
    • ‘A lot of championship races have top weights of 12 stone.’
    • ‘Ancient World, who defied top weight of 9st 10 lb in the £100,000 feature race, hit the front a furlong out and won by a length and a quarter.’
    • ‘Defying top weight of 11st 10 lb, he soon had the rest of the six-runner field trailing, and was 10 lengths clear of Seebald at the line.’
    • ‘The second time he carried 12 stone and to carry top weight and win it very easily is some achievement.’
    • ‘In his final 12 races, Arkle carried top weight of at least 12 stone - but still won nine of them’
    • ‘The following year it was Red Rum's turn to shoulder the top weight.’
    • ‘It was the third success in the Chepstow showpiece for the 12-year-old 1999 Gold Cup winner, who was carrying top weight.’
    • ‘The ‘best’ horse in the race is given the top weight and the weights allotted to the other horses are set in relation to this.’
    • ‘Every Grand National is special but for me it has to be the 1998 race where Sunny Bay, carrying top weight of 12 stone, finished runner-up in bottomless ground that he hated.’
    • ‘Carrying top weight, Grey Abbey won last year's Scottish National by a distance from Kerry Lads, having been left clear when Granit d' Estruval fell at the last fence.’
    • ‘Officially the best in the field but no horse has carried top weight to victory since Red Rum in 1974.’
    • ‘Jostle, who won the 1 ¼ mile Alabama on August 19, will carry top weight of 124 pounds and will give her rivals from eight to 13 pounds.’
    • ‘Carrying top weight in such a competitive handicap is never ideal but he has earned the poundage and he is built to carry it.’
    • ‘Docent carries the top weight of 117 pounds off his six victories and two placings in eight starts this year.’
    • ‘To carry top weight, lead all the way, and get so close to home, it was an unbelievable effort… Unbelievable.’
    • ‘Behrajan will carry top weight for Saturday's race’
    • ‘The Irish-trained runner had been expected to run in Saturday's National but, after being given top weight, was withdrawn to race at Aintree on Thursday.’
    • ‘You wouldn't want to be carrying top weight in this race, and I think somewhere about the 11st mark is about right.’