The final field and barrier draw has been declared for Saturday's Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) with 13 sprinters set to scorch the Flemington turf.
Last year’s runner-up, Terravista, will be aiming to go one better in the absence of Chautauqua while extending his brilliant first-up record of five wins and three placings from eight attempts.
Terravista’s regular rider, Hugh Bowman, has opted to go with up-and-comer Speith who is also resuming from a spell following his fast-finishing runner-up placing behind Malaguerra in the Darley Classic (1200m).
In fact, 11 of the 13 combatants are first-up from a spell, and that may give Flamberge and Faatinah an edge over the concluding stages seeing they both have a run under their belts this campaign.
Outstanding three-year-olds Flying Artie and Star Turn are sure to test the older horses and have drawn toward the inside in gates 4 and 2 respectively.
2017 Black Caviar Lightning field and barriers:
1. TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride - Corey Brown (9) 58.5kg
2. FLAMBERGE Darren Weir - Brad Rawiller (1) 58.5kg
3. THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths - Matthew Allen (12) 58.5kg
4. COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller – TBA (6) 58.5kg
5. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis - Anthony Darmanin (8) 58.5kg
6. FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Regan Bayliss (11) 58.5kg
7. SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys - Hugh Bowman (5) 58.5kg
8. SUPIDO Michael Kent - Luke Nolen (10) 58.5kg
9. ORUJO Shawn Mathrick – TBA (13) 58.5kg
10. HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra - Damian Lane (3) 56.5kg
11. FLYING ARTIE Mick Price - Damien Oliver (4) 55.5kg
12. STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Dwayne Dunn (2) 55.5kg
13. MISSROCK Robbie Laing - Craig Williams (7) 53.5kg