December to Draw 2011 Caulfield Cup Penalty

September 19, 2011

December to Draw 2011 Caulfield Cup Penalty

Mark Kavanagh’s crack imported stayer December Draw on Saturday earned a ballot-free ride into the Caulfield Cup 2011 field by winning the $125,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield, a victory which will attract a Cup penalty.

December Draw

Naturalism Stakes winner December Draw is favourite for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups this spring

Prior to Saturday’s Underwood Stakes Day meeting, Medecis five-year-old December Draw was yet to pass the first elimination clause for either the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 or the famous 2011 Melbourne Cup, which trainer Kavanagh hopes to win for a second time following the success of the since-retired Shocking in 2009.

Having won three of their four starts in Australia since May, December Draw was still well liked in the futures betting at Luxbet for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and was the Caulfield Cup favourite despite being yet to qualify.

On Saturday December Draw ($1.55) took to Caulfield for the first time and was once again impressive as jockey Michael Rodd guided them to a strong half-length win over the Robert Hickmott-trained At First Sight (9), an easy margin that could have been more had Rodd not taken the gas off over the final 100 metres, with Lucky Eighty Eight ($10) a further one and three quarter lengths away for third.

For the Caulfield Cup December Draw has now firmed from $7.50 into the short-priced $4 futures betting favourite at Luxbet and is also co-favourite for Flemington’s Melbourne Cup at a quote of $9 – equal with Saturday’s Underwood Stakes winner Lion Tamer.


Kavanagh may be a former Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup winning trainer, but the Caulfield Cup has so far eluded the master horseman.

He came devastatingly close in 2007 when that year’s raging favourite Maldivian was scratched pre-race after a freak head injury in the barriers.

“I don’t think anyone would begrudge me that,” Kavanagh said when asked about winning a Caulfield Cup.

Rodd, aboard for December Draw’s three most recent runs, will only get to retain the ride on the star import for the Caulfield Cup if the horse’s weight is raised from 50kg to at least 53kg – Rodd’s minimum.

“Realistically I have to see him around 53 (kilograms),” Rodd said.

“I’m not going to be silly about it, I’m not much good any lighter than that.”

There is a chance that December Draw will only gain a 1 – 2 kilogram penalty from Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter today, with former Naturalism Stakes winners Zipping (2006) and Red Lord (2009) rehandicapped only one kilo more for their Caulfield Cup bids.

If Caulfield Cup topweight, reigning Melbourne Cup winner Americain (58kg), does not accept the weights would have to be lifted by 2kg as the next heaviest-weighted hopeful is the Robert Hickmott-trained Midas Touch (55kg), two kilos under the Caulfield Cup minimum topweight (57kg).

December Draw, who raced 16 times for three wins in Europe before joining Kavanagh’s Victorian operation, will seek their fourth Flemington win in the penalty-free $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on Sunday, October 2.

“I suppose we’ve got to have one more run before hand and we probably need it about two weeks before, so we’ll look and try and find a non-penalty race,” Kavanagh confirmed.

“It’ll probably be the Turnbull or something like that.

“He likes 2000 (metres), he likes Flemington, so maybe we’ll go there.”

Now is the time to get behind December Draw for their spring cups starts before they firm further in the markets at Luxbet.

Australia’s most trusted online bookmaker Luxbet don’t just have the best futures betting markets this spring, they also have the best bonus bet offer available – $400 for nothing when you sign up, deposit and quote the codeword BONUSBET!

2011 Naturalism Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 1 54kg $1.55F
2 3 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 0.5L 11 56kg $9
3 13 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Michelle Payne 2.25L 3 53kg $10
4 12 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Ms Lisa Cropp 2.75L 7 53kg $26
5 6 LIGHT VISION (NZ) Robert Smerdon Chris Symons 2.85L 8 54.5kg $51
6 5 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 3.35L 4 54.5kg $71
7 7 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Yendall 4.35L 10 54.5kg $21
8 16 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Dwayne Dunn 5.1L 2 53kg $26
9 8 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 5.2L 15 54kg $14
10 2 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Ben Melham 5.3L 13 56.5kg $31
11 10 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent James McDonald (a) 6.05L 16 53.5kg $21
12 14 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards Michael Walker 6.35L 5 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $101
13 1 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker Brad Rawiller 8.35L 12 58kg $26
14 4 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 8.75L 14 55.5kg $21
15 11 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Danny Nikolic 10L 6 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $61
16 17e MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent Ibrahim Gundogdu (a) 12L 9 53kg $101
18e ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 0
15 ZAGREB David Hayes James Winks 0

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field