December Draw will stay 2400m – Kavanagh’s last word

December Draw

Trainer Mark Kavanagh is sure December Draw will run the Caulfield Cup distance

Those worried that December Draw won’t run the 2400m right out may take the advice of his trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Rival trainer the UK based Brian Ellison has doubted today’s $2.5m Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) favourite would run the journey “on what he had seen of him in England”.

And a study of December Draw’s pedigree also rises thoughts of doubt.

Kavanagh’s final word should comfort punters concerned the horse is untried at 2400m.

“Nobody seems to have uncovered the fact this horse had the first race of his life over 1600m and that was as a two-year-old,” Kavanagh said.

“I set him for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in April, which tells you something about what distances I thought the horse would run.”

December Draw has drifted in markets but still holds firm as the Caulfield Cup favourite.

He is for many bookmakers the worst results as he has been high in Caulfield Cup betting markets since betting began on the race.

The short odds earlier in the week reflect bookmakers need to balance their books and his drift, in some quarters out to $3, a better reflection of his chances.

Lucas Cranach remains unwanted after a cracked heel problem was revealed to the public on Wednesday.

A drifter from clear second favourite at $7 is as much a $15 on race day.

He still needs to pass a Racing Victoria vet check when arriving at the course today.

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