It’s not often a trainer has the pre-draw favourite for the $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup draw wide but have his chances in the $2.5 million event enhanced but it happened on Wednesdaywith Chris Waller, who saw his ATC Oaks winner Royal Descent reclaim the second line in the TAB’s market on the race after drawing barrier three, reports Racing Victoria.

That was the barrier another four-year-old mare, Southern Speed, started from when she won the Caulfield Cup two years ago.

Royal Descent is now a $6.50 chance with the TAB, behind only stablemate Hawkspur, who drifted slightly to $4.60 after coming up with barrier 16.

Hawkspur will jump from gate 14 if emergencies don’t start and one of them – Ibicenco (barrier nine) – has already been withdrawn. The other emergencies are; Forgotten Voice (seven), Sneak a Peek (17) and Oasis Bloom (21).

Waller’s two runners in the race also drew opposite sides of the track with Moriarty in 18, while Kelinni drew the inside barrier, which has not produced a Caulfield Cup winner since Velocity in 1941.

The Roger James-trained Silent Achiever was the other big winner of the leading fancies, coming up with gate five.

Either side of her will be My Quest for Peace (four) and last year’s beaten favourite Glencadam Gold (six), while Tuscan Fire (two) and Waldpark (eight)were  the others to draw single figure figures.

Western Australia’s Mr Moet (10) and topweight Manighar (11) will both assume a single-figure starting position if Forgotten Voice doesn’t gain a start, while Macedon Lodge’s lone Cup runner Fawkner drew 12 with David Hayes-trained import Jet Away to his immediate outside.

The leading fancy whose chances took the biggest hit at the draw was the only international runner in the race, Marco Botti-trained pre-draw second elect Dandino, who was allocated 19.

He will start from 16 – a barrier that hasn’t provided a winner since Tristarc (1985) – if the emergencies don’t run and now shares the $8 third line with Silent Achiever.

Whether the emergencies gain a start or not does not impact on Dear Demi’s starting position with the lone four-year-old mare in the race to start from the outside alley – the barrier Dunaden won from last year.

The BMW Caulfield Cup is the final event on Saturday’s Caulfield card to be run at 5.45pm.