TUSCAN Fire has finished midfield in this afternoon's Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The Ballarat-trained stayer was afforded a good run just off the pace, but couldn't quicken when the field turned for home, eventually crossing the line in 12th position, just over six lengths behind winner Fawkner ($11).
Tuscan Fire ($71) was ridden by New Zealand jockey Michael Walker after pre-booked hoop Luke Currie was stood down from the horse by Racing Victoria stewards on Thursday following his positive urine sample to a prohibited dietary supplement.
Trainer Dan O'Sullivan is expected to make a decision on Tuscan Fire's future for the rest of the preparation in the coming days.
It was a more pleasing performance from Ballarat district-based Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock galloper Dandino ($11), who flew home from back in the field to finish second.
The English import is now likely to press on to the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Fawkner is trained by Robert Hickmott and owned by the prominent Williams racing family.