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Irish-bred gelding December Draw lined up for Caulfield Cup

THE Wardstown Stud-bred December Draw earned himself a start in the Caulfield Cup after victory in the Listed MRC Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

The gelding won easing down, the son of Medecis proving too good for another Irish-bred import, the Galileo colt At First Sight.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh said to reporters after the race that the six-year-old's Caulfield Cup qualification was "a relief”, but his focus would turn to finding a lead-up race for the $2.5 million event that would not carry a weight penalty for December Draw if he were to win again.

Trainer William Knight

William Knight: trained December Draw when the horse was in England

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Part-owned by Richard Pegum, also owner of import My Kingdom of Fife, December Draw has won seven races and placed seven times from 21 starts and has been in spectacular form since arriving in Australia last year.

December Draw, a son of Medecis, is out of the placed mare New York, a duaghter of the Golden Slipper winner Danzero (sired by him during his brief shuttle sire career to the UK) and is a half-sister to former brilliant champion juvenile Superstar Leo, the dam of another slick 5f runner, Enticing.

December Draw's third dam is the Nassau Stakes winner Dancing Rocks, grand-dam of the 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, while this year's Group 1-winning juvenile Power is in the extended family. It is a pedigree that has long been developed by the Oppenheimer family's Hascombe and Valiant Stud.

December Draw, who was trained in England by William Knight, and At First Sight, a former Aidan O'Brien-trained runner, were both bought privately to race in Australia.

Wardstown Stud has an Acclamation filly (Lot 270) catalogued in the Goffs Orby Sale out of Rocking, a half-sister to the dam of December Draw.

 

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