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Today the Caulfield Cup 2011 Barrier Draw took place live at Caulfield Racecourse with Mark Kavanagh’s well-backed favourite December Draw coming up with gate 11 for the iconic handicap.
Prior to the barriers being released for the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), in-form European import December Draw was the $2.30 favourite in the Caulfield Cup odds at Luxbet.
Having drawn well in the Caulfield Cup barriers today, that price is set to firm.
Yesterday when announcing the official Caulfield Cup 2011 final field, Racing Victoria’s Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said that those involved with the preparation of the favourite would be wanting a mid-field draw.
“I’m sure that Mark Kavanagh and (jockey) Michael Rodd will be hoping that he draws in the middle of the field,” Carpenter said.
Rodd confirmed that he wanted a single-digit gate for December Draw in the Caulfield Cup barriers and said any jockey that didn’t believe the starting positions were important were dreaming.
“I think you are kidding yourself if you say it’s not crucial (the barrier),”Rodd said.
“You want to draw a nice barrier where you can position yourself without using him (December Draw) up too much early in the race.
“It just makes everything so much easier.
“What you don’t want to do is draw out in 18 and you have to cross 15 other horses who are all kicking up on the inside of you, making life hard for you.
“If you draw, say, eight, or something like that and there’s only a few on the inside of you that are going to go forward, then it’s not too much of a problem.”
While drawing a double-digit gate today, December Draw will come into gate nine if the emergencies don’t get a start, which will be ideal for Rodd.
History shows however that wide barriers are not always the end for Caulfield Cup contenders, with last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Descarado jumping from barrier 15 of 18 to win with 52.5kg on their back.
In the 18-starter plus four emergency 2011 Caulfield Cup field, only one other runner is at single-figure odds in the betting, Anthony Freedman’s gun German import Lucas Cranach.
Sitting on the second line of Caulfield Cup betting at Luxbet at a quote of $7 pre-barriers, Lucas Cranach drew to perfection at today’s draw with barrier three.
The record, four internationally-trained horses in Caulfield Cup contention this year had mixed results with:
- #1 Mighty High (John Moore) – Barrier 1, 57kg topweight of the field with Darren Beadman engaged. Trainer’s son and stable rep George Moore was more than happy with the inside alley.
“We wanted something below gate eight, three or four would have been perfect, but I’m very happy with gate one,” he said.
“He’s got good gate speed, it’s always a positive. He usually sits third or fourth in the run, out of gate one he could really sit wherever he wants.”
- #2 Drunken Sailor (Luca Cumani) – Barrier 18
- #3 Manighar (Luca Cumani) – Barrier 5 – In a side note Manighar is the only horse in the Caulfield Cup field that ran last year when fifth to Descarado
- #10 Saptapadi (Brian Ellison) – Barrier 6
Other horses high-up the Caulfield Cup Odds at Luxbet and their barriers include:
- #12 Absolutely (Michael Kent) – Barrier 22 – Cranbourne-based horseman Kent is also represented in the 2011 Caulfield Cup field by his American import Unusual Suspect (barrier 7) and Domesky (barrier 9), both are triple figure roughies in the Caulfield Cup markets. Absolutely likely to drift out in the Caulfield Cup markets after her wide gate.
- #16 Green Moon (Robert Hickmott) – Barrier 27 – Only Lloyd Williams-owned Caulfield Cup runner left in contention who will be ridden by Nick Hall
- #11 Tullamore (Gai Waterhouse) – Barrier 15 – Savabeel five-year-old out to give Waterhouse back-to-back success in the Caulfield Cup following Descarado’s win last year
- #19 Southern Speed (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas) – Barrier 4 – The only confirmed Caulfield Cup starter in at 52.5kg with Craig Williams booked for the ride.
Southern Speed was named by Carpenter yesterday as one of the best light-weight chances for this Saturday’s showcase.
“There are a number of other horses down towards the bottom of the weights who do have good chances in the race,” he said.
“Southern Speed is the lightest-weighted horse in the race and she comes off a second in the Underwood and a fourth in the Turnbull.”
The four emergencies in the Caulfield Cup 2011 field and their barriers are:
- #19e Spechenka (Ben Ahrens) – Barrier 4
- #20e Lucky Eighty Eight (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) – Barrier 8
- #21e Anudjawun (Shaun Dwyer) – Barrier 12
- #22e Midnight Martini (Mark Kavanagh) – Barrier 2
See the table below for the complete 2011 BMW Caulfield Cup Field, Barriers, Weights & Jockeys.
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2011 BMW Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2132331X34||MIGHTY HIGH (FR)||John Moore||Darren Beadman||1||57kg||109|
|2||0X446X1313||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Dwayne Dunn||18||56.5kg||110|
|3||52573X3484||MANIGHAR (FR)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||5||56.5kg||110|
|4||93621X5X40||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Nash Rawiller||7||56.5kg||110|
|5||1111X4215X||LUCAS CRANACH (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Corey Brown||3||56kg||109|
|6||18X025X670||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||20||56kg||108|
|7||1341FX6022||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||–||14||55.5kg||109|
|8||031141X002||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||Kerrin McEvoy||16||55kg||104|
|9||98X11X2111||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||11||54.5kg (Pen. 2.0kg)||112|
|10||2534X75558||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Mark Zahra||6||54.5kg||103|
|11||211421X838||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||15||54.5kg||101|
|12||X63321X566||ABSOLUTELY||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||22||54kg||105|
|13||11255X0061||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Chris Symons||19||53.5kg||103|
|14||X40121X072||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dean Yendall||21||53.5kg||101|
|15||14109X5737||DOMESKY||Michael Kent||Brenton Avdulla||9||53kg||94|
|16||11585X8921||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||17||53kg (Pen. 0.5kg)||95|
|17||19435X0067||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||53kg||95|
|18||1723X00424||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||4||52.5kg||105|
|19e||X207155309||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Michael Walker||13||53kg||92|
|20e||111X5X3739||LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Michelle Payne||8||52.5kg||98|
|21e||2322X00445||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Chris Symons||12||52.5kg||89|
|22e||X9111X5814||MIDNIGHT MARTINI||Mark Kavanagh||–||2||52.5kg||89|
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