Favourite Sincero will have the inside barrier when he bids to win his third Group One race in Saturday’s Epsom Handicap at Randwick.
The Stephen Farley-trained gelding will carry the number one saddlecloth and 57kg after all weights were raised half a kilo at acceptance time.
A field of 18 was paid up for the 1600m feature including mares Secret Admirer and Sacred Choice who drew 16 and 17 respectively.
Victorian raider King’s Rose will start from the outside alley while the Gai Waterhouse-trained trio of King Lionheart (9), Light Brigade (12) and More Strawberries (13) all came up with midfield draws.
King’s Rose will be one of four Victorian runners along with Pinker Pinker, who fared well with barrier five, her Greg Eurell-prepared stablemate Red Collossus (14) and Pinnacles in gate four.