Experienced New Zealand gelding Fiumicino will carry the top weight (60kg) in Saturday’s Listed 2012 Sky High Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The eight-year-old is one of six New Zealand horses that were today named in the 12-horse field for the $100,000 event.
A son of Zabeel, Fiumicino has had a successful career that has included wins in the BMW and AJC Derby while collecting more than $2.8 million in prize money.
The gelding has won twice at the 1900 metre Sky High distance and despite struggling of late, he showed promise last weekend when he finished fourth in the Listed Randwick City Stakes.
Well known Sydney trainer Chris Waller will have three horses running in the Sky High Stakes this Saturday with local horse Vintedge and New Zealand geldings Beijing Boy and Brayroan.
Six-year-old Vintedge will be ridden by Corey Brown from barrier nine and is coming off a reasonable fifth-place finish in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy at Flemington.
Beijing Boy has been disappointing so far in 2012 but with a reasonable career record of six wins from 28 starts, he has the talent to turn his recent form around on Saturday.
In three runs in 2012, the seven-year-old has managed finishes of eighth, twelfth and eighth again in his last start in the Randwick City Stakes.
Four-year-old gelding Single is one horse coming in to the race in good form and will be chasing a third consecutive victory.
The Craig Carmody trained horse faces a step up in class this Saturday but has a promising record of five wins from nine career starts.
Single has received a favourable barrier seven draw and will be ridden by Sydney jockey Nathan Berry.
Other horses included in the Sky High Stakes final field are Rothera, Dealer Principal, Southern Skye and Court Ruler.
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2012 Sky High Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||X00350X004||FIUMICINO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||60kg||105|
|2||X799012X00||ROTHERA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||58.5kg||102|
|3||8X05321X75||VINTEDGE||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||9||56kg||101|
|4||259246X808||BEIJING BOY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||3||54kg||93|
|5||7564410X48||ZARA DANCER (NZ)||Jim & Greg Lee||James McDonald (a)||6||54kg||91|
|6||12198X1411||SINGLE||Craig Carmody||Nathan Berry||7||54kg||86|
|7||0X09005790||DEALER PRINCIPAL||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||12||54kg||85|
|8||342X868807||SOUTHERN SKYE||Paul Perry||Brenton Avdulla||8||54kg||82|
|9||11X471X642||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2||54kg||81|
|10||341X0514X7||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1||54kg||81|
|11||X7704X7007||COURT RULER (NZ)||Joseph Pride||TBA||4||54kg||76|