Saturday's Caulfield Cup was flung wide open this morning after the two favourites Glencadam Gold and Dunaden drew the outside barriers 21 and 22.
Bookmakers were left scratching their heads after barriers were drawn as the Gai Waterhouse-trained Glencadam Gold was expected to lead. But jockey Jim Cassidy now faces a huge task in getting the import near the lead.
To further complicate matters the other expected leader Voila Ici drew wide also in 17, and 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain also attracted a wide draw with 19.
December Draw's trainer Mark Kavanagh was not too worried about his seven-year-old's draw (12), but admitted that ''to come from that alley ... he's certainly going to have to use some speed to get across''.
December Draw was injured in the run and ran last in the 2011 Caulfield Cup. Kavanagh says he now has the gelding in better condition than he was when a strong fancy this time last year.
''I haven't had to peak him, he's just coming good right now,'' he said after the draw.
Peter Moody, who prepares Sneak A Peek (10), Lights of Heaven (8) and Voila Ici (17) said he was "not too displeased" with the draw of any of his prospects. ''Voila Ici could have drawn prettier ... but he's probably got the pace to offset [the wide draw],'' Moody said.
Moody said the race was hard to predict with "so many formlines coming together".
He said his big advantage was that his horses were ''playing at home'' and Caulfield had been a ''graveyard'' over the years for visiting horses racing there for the first time.
Asked to pick his best chance, Moody said he knew Lights of Heaven best because he had prepared her for longer than imports Sneak a Peek and Voila Ici.
He said favourite Glencadam Gold would not get a soft run in front, as on-pace runner Voila Ici wouldn't be ''starting or stopping or playing games''.
Moody said there would be a ''frantic pace'' if Glencadam Gold insisted on leading.
2012 Caulfield Cup
1. Americain 19
2. Dunaden 22
3. Jakkalberry 13
4. Winchester 16
5. December Draw 12
6 Voila Ici 17
7. Southern Speed 14
8. Sanagas 3
9 Glencadam Gold 2
10. My Quest For Peace 2
11. Niwot 6
12. Lights Of Heaven 8
13. Secret Admirer 11
14. Sneak A Peek 10
15. Alcopop 9
16. Moudre 5
17. Folding Gear 4
18. Zabeelionaire 1
19. Sabrage 20
20 Gatewood 18
21. Ibicenco 15
22. Fictional Account 7
- Sydney Morning Herald
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