Leaving no stone unturned and no option ignored, Flemington-based trainer Mark Kavanagh has chosen to nominate 2011 Caulfield Cup betting favourite December Draw in this Friday night’s JRA Cup at Moonee Valley.
One of the major support acts on a bumper Manikato Stakes Night programme, the $200,000 Group 3 Tatts JRA Cup(2040m) has attracted 20 nominations for 2011.
Class import December Draw has burst into contention for all of the spring majors down under after winning four of their five starts in Australia since their debut run here in May.
With three smart Flemington wins, a narrow Moonee Valley second over an unsuitably short distance (1523m) and a last-start victory in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17, December Draw has certainly emerged as a galloper to follow closely in the Luxbet markets this season.
2011 Caulfield Cup Odds
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.
Having earned a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption for their Naturalism Stakes victory, December Draw is at the top of the odds for the October 15 feature at a quote of $3.70 through Luxbet.
In the Melbourne Cup 2011 betting markets at Luxbet, December Draw is the close $10 second elect behind Underwood Stakes winner Lion Tamer ($9).
Kavanagh, however, has only entered December Draw in the JRA Cup as a precaution in case they are balloted out of the 2011 Turnbull Stakes.
Running as the showcase event at Flemington this Sunday, October 2, the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) is the preferred weekend target for December Draw.
JRA Cup topweight at nomination stage is Robert Hickmott’s 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.
The great old grey has been allocated 60kg and comes off their first-up run in nearly two years when finishing 10th behind Lion Tamer in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 17.
Hickmott boasts a strong hand in the JRA Cup 2011 nominations, prominent owner Lloyd Williams’ with four other entries in the staying showdown in Galileo four-year-old Midas Touch (59kg) coming off a third in the Underwood Stakes, last year’s JRA Cup third placegetter Linton (57.5kg), Naturalism Stakes runner-up At First Sight (56.5kg) and Bright Horizon (53kg).
Midas Touch and At First Sight have both been well-supported in the spring cup betting markets at Luxbet, the imported duo installed as the co $11 third elects for the Caulfield Cup.
Also occupying the third line of Melbourne Cup betting at $13 is Midas Touch, At First Sight further down the markets at $19.
Other noteworthy 2011 JRA Cup entries include Jake Stephen’s in-form seven-year-old Alcopop last seen running second in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over the Moonee Valley mile on September 10, Dato Tan Chin Nam winner Rekindled Interest and quality South Australian mare Southern Speed who ran an eye-catching second to Lion Tamer in the Underwood last-start.
As with December Draw, connections of both Rekindled Interest and Southern Speed would prefer to see their horses in the Turnbull Stakes field at Flemington on Sunday.
“There could be two divisions of the Turnbull the way things are going,” Southern Speed’s co-trainer Leon Macdonald said.
“If she gets in, then that’s where she will run but I’ve put her in the JRA Cup just in case.”
A crucial lead-up race to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors, the JRA Cup results are sure to have a major impact on the futures betting markets for upcoming Group Ones including the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup at Luxbet.
The 2011 JRA Cup final field and barriers will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au along with those for all of the weekend’s headline races.
To back your selections for Friday night’s Moonee Valley races at the best prices, or to access the futures betting on the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, head to Luxbet today.
2011 JRA Cup Nominations, Ballot & Weights
|1||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||1||60kg||116|
|2||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||2||59kg||112|
|3||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||4||58kg||110|
|6||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||3||57.5kg||109|
|7||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||9||56.5kg||106|
|8||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||10||56kg||105|
|9||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||11||54.5kg||101|
|11||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||8||53.5kg||103|
|12||BRIGHT HORIZON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||17||53kg||85|
|16||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Graeme Sanders||13||53kg||94|
|17||PERFECT PECS||Rick Hore-Lacy||19||53kg||71|
|18||RIGHT OF REFUSAL||Nigel Blackiston||15||53kg||89|
|19||SILENT SURROUND||William Smart||16||53kg||89|
|20||THE TIGER||Colin & Cindy Alderson||18||53kg||85|