The final field has been announced for the Listed 2012 Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) which will take place as part of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes day card at Caulfield on Sunday.
A full allotment of 16 horses plus four emergencies have been included for the $120,000 sprint in what appears to be a fairly open affair.
Amah Rock is one horse from the field who is likely to go on to bigger things this spring and will be ridden by Glen Boss from barrier nine this weekend.
The four-year-old boasts form behind emerging Darley star Mental at the Brisbane winter carnival and kicked off his spring campaign with a photo-finish defeat to Sea Lord in the Macleod Stakes two weeks ago.
Amah Rock will get the chance to get one back on Sea Lord this Sunday with the Stephen Brown-trained gelding chasing a third consecutive win this weekend.
Sea Lord is the only last-start winner in the field but there are still a number of in-form horses including talented David Vandyke-trained mare Miss Marx.
The five-year-old ran second to Emotional Circus first up at Rosehill before finishing runner-up to star mare More Joyous in the Sheraco Stakes.
Peter Moody has accepted with Curtana who will be having her first start of the spring and was last seen winning the Straight Six at Flemington in May. But the five-year-old faces a tough first-up ask after drawing barrier 16.
Other horses set to contest the Testa Rossa Stakes include Darren Weir-trained pair Rue Maple and Royal Bender and Gerald Ryan-trained gelding Ahdashim.
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Testa Rossa Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||241454x1x0||AHDASHIM (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||8||58.5kg||101|
|2||204x75641x||CURTANA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||16||57.5kg||103|
|3||x2112112x8||STRATCOMBE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||3||57.5kg||99|
|4||0x21411230||SEE THE WORLD||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||10||56.5kg||97|
|5||D1x30846x0||ESSINGTON||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||14||56kg||96|
|6||1x122176x0||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||19||55.5kg||95|
|7||642271520x||CARNERO||Dean Binaisse||Vlad Duric||13||54.5kg||93|
|8||x408569x11||SEA LORD||Stephen Brown||Luke Currie||7||54.5kg||93|
|9||2×14242044||RUE MAPLE||Darren Weir||Chris Symons||12||54kg||92|
|10||338x4120x2||AMAH ROCK||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Glen Boss||9||54kg||91|
|11||4525412293||ROYAL BENDER||Darren Weir||Corey Brown||2||54kg||89|
|12||24x5459x22||MISS MARX||David Vandyke||Damien Oliver||17||54kg||87|
|13||48644×4246||MORANT||Damien Williams||Craig Williams||20||54kg||87|
|14||1121114×59||DEE’N’GEE||Clarry Conners||Dwayne Dunn||6||54kg||86|
|15||x0x709479x||MCCLINTOCK||Mark de Montfort||Ms Lauri Wray||11||54kg||86|
|16||399×003430||PRINCE OBAMA||Jason Clifford||Dean Yendall||4||54kg||86|
|17e||92014316×2||STAR OF GISELLE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||18||54kg||85|
|18e||12x721122x||SIR FERNANDO||Mick Price||15||54kg||80|
|19e||234x395x35||MIDNIGHT AT ASCOT||Mick Price||Michael Rodd||5||54kg||78|
|20e||18x981144x||ARCTIC FLIGHT||Mick Price||Michael Walker||1||54kg||76|