Lou Luciani’s in-form gelding Marocchino headlines an imposing list of South West runners heading to Ascot on Saturday. The five-year-old, who has looked brilliant at times during his present preparation, will jump from barrier four in the $250,000 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m). In a condensed field of seven, Luciani’s star pupil will leave the gates alongside red-hot favourite Regal Power, who is likely to carry lots of momentum from his successful effort in the Drummond Golf — Kingston Town Classic (1800m) earlier this month. A positive omen for the Luciani stable is the five-year-old’s ability as a stayer, with five of his eight career wins over 2000m. Bunbury hoop Kyra Yuill will also team up with two quality South West stars. Yuill will pilot Michael Lane’s pacey mare La Farola (barrier one) in the $125,000 Belhus Racing Stables — Starstruck Classic (1600m), along with Ross Price’s four-year-old Gunmetal Grey in the $125,000 Epona Classic (1200m). Lane’s mare won first-up at Ascot on November 20, after rallying late in the home straight, before finishing 12th to Angelic Miss in the Jungle Dawn Classic on December 4. Congestion proved to be an issue for her last start, however Yuill should take great comfort from her draw and ability to regularly bounce back quickly.