Five of the seven highest weighted horses in this year's A$2.835 million ($12.4 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 3 have been nominated by Saeed Bin Suroor, the Dubai-based trainer for Godolphin. Swain - winner of the past two runnings of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot - has top weight of 62 kilograms. Only last year's Caulfield and Melbourne Cups winner Might And Power, who has 60.5kg, stands between Godolphin's multiple stakes winner Predappio, who has 59kg. Then comes the 1995 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups hero Doriemus, who has been weighted on 58kg. Godolphin's Prince Of Wales Stakes winner Faithful Son also has 58kg and then comes the stable's Voltigeur Stakes winner Stowaway on 57.5kg and the Ascot Gold Cup winner Kayf Tara, who has 57kg. A record total of 41 Northern Hemisphere entries were received for the Melbourne Cup. While there is unprecedented overseas interest in this year's Melbourne Cup, organisers may have a difficult assignment ahead to persuade connections to press ahead with plans to contest the event. The problem is the ailing condition of the Australian dollar. At present A$1 is equal to only 35 English pence; 59 American cents; and 3.6 French francs, which makes the race far less attractive to Northern Hemisphere candidates than in years past. However, to ease the financial burden on the owners of horses coming from overseas the VRC is this year paying a A$40,000 'starters' rebate' to horses finishing from fifth to 10th. Against this the total cost of transport, air fares, accommodation and stabling for Northern Hemisphere horses running in the Melbourne Cup is estimated at being around A$80,000. Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the funeral service for legendary trainer Tommy Smith at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney tomorrow. In a show of respect for 'T.J.' flags were flown at half-mast at Randwick, Flemington and other racecourses around the nation yesterday.