Only nine runners will line up for the three-year-old feature at Royal Randwick on Saturday following the confirmation of the 2016 Up And Coming Stakes final field and barrier draw.
Prized Icon broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in his most recent start, and has been confirmed in the 2016 Up And Coming Stakes field.
Yet to finish outside the first three through a total of seven career starts, Prized Icon resumed in autumn for third in the More Than Winning Plate (1000m) before running a close second in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m).
Finishing in the minors in each of the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m), the More Than Ready colt stormed home to claim his first race win in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) only one week later.
Hugh Bowman returns to the saddle of Prized Icon on Saturday, who has been charged with carrying a race-high 61kg but will leave from the ideal barrier 3.
Thronum has more than stamped himself as a colt to follow through a short but impressive racing career to date and could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 6 and with James McDonald aboard.
Posting two wins and a minor through three Sydney sprints upon debuting in winter, Thronum made a successful transition to black type company with success in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight ago.
Godolphin are spoiled for choice with three-year-olds this season and are set to be offered a good chance of success in the Up And Coming Stakes with Kent.
Kent debuted to racing in February for second in the Newcastle Herald Maiden Plate (1250m) on February 6th, and returned from a freshen-up for second in the Mates In Construction Maiden (1300m).
Having posted a maiden race win in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1550m) on June 13th, the Domesday gelding undoubtedly faces his biggest test to date on Saturday but has found the right form and will leave from the ideal barrier 2.
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2016 Up And Coming Stakes Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3x323211x||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||3||61kg||88|
|2||1121||THRONUM||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||James McDonald||6||55.5kg||77|
|3||5x13x||DIVINE PROPHET||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||9||55kg||76|
|4||6×1||DERRYN||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Tim Clark||7||54kg||68|
|5||3x271x||TAJ MAHAL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||54kg||68|
|6||2x21x||KENT||John O’Shea||Jason Collett||5||54kg||67|
|7||50×1||POUND STERLING||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||2||54kg||65|
|8||5x5115x64||WALK RIGHT IN||Paul Perry||Christian Reith||8||54kg||62|
|9||425x6x6||PITTSBURGH||Anthony Cummings||Glyn Schofield||1||54kg||61|