The final field has been announced for the Group 3 2012 David Jones Cup (2000m) which will take place as part of the action-packed Caulfield Cup day card this Saturday.
Twelve horses have been named to contest the $150,000 staying race including John O’Shea-trained gelding Lightinthenite.
The five-year-old has won five times from 12 starts and was strong when finishing fourth to Fat Al in the Group 1 Epsom earlier this month.
Prior to that he ran a flashing second to nearly chase down Rolling Pin in the Cameron Handicap and was third in the Scone Cup in May.
There is just one last-start winner in the field with that being Pacino who faces a a large step up in class after winning at Manangatang on the weekend.
Also stepping up in class is consistent gelding Bagman who has climbed through the grades.
The Sam Kavanagh-trained six-year-old finished third first-up at Morphetville at Listed level and has since won the Balaklava Cup, the Tokyo City Cup and finished fifth in the Cranbourne Cup.
One horse in reasonable form is Pat Carey-trained mare Dame Claire who won the Listed Ansett Classic at Morninton last month before finishing third to Tanby in the Bart Cummings.
Thirteen-time placegetter Anudjuwan will continue his attempt to break a winning drought which began following his second career start in Bendigo in 2010.
The Shaun Dwyer-trained gelding has placed at stakes level but has just one career win from 30 starts.
Other David Jones Cup contenders include the Mick Price-trained Proliferate, Danny O’brien’s import Prairie Star and the Patinack-owned Maules Creek.
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David Jones Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x216x023x0||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||Ben Melham||4||59kg||104|
|2||x1335x3115||BAGMAN||Sam Kavanagh||Brad Rawiller||3||58kg||102|
|3||x587190x65||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||Nicholas Hall||9||57kg||100|
|4||215x43x880||SHEWAN||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||7||57kg||100|
|5||3125x13x24||LIGHTINTHENITE||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||2||54.5kg||95|
|6||42317×8575||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||6||54.5kg||95|
|7||5221124×00||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman||Hugh Bowman||1||54.5kg||95|
|8||4301150813||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||Peter Mertens||11||54kg||95|
|9||5345272×09||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||TBA||8||54kg||89|
|10||11x2750x04||PROLIFERATE||Mick Price||Michael Walker||12||54kg||88|
|11||248×007551||PACINO||Clinton McDonald||Damien Oliver||5||54kg||80|
|12||541x111x75||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||Craig Newitt||10||54kg||74|