The return of Jim Cassidy could be the telling factor in Amorino's bid to win Saturday's $1 million Golden Rose.
The colt is a $51 chance in Saturday's Group One race with Nechita firming to $2.20 following the possible defection of All Too Hard to run in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Gerald Ryan surprised many with his intention to put Amorino in the first Group One of the season but he said he always had it in his mind to run.
Cassidy announced he was ready for a big spring carnival when he steered outsider Tagus ($41) to victory in Saturday's Tramway Handicap at his first meeting for more than three months after his usual winter break was extended to spend time with his brother Colin after he suffered serious injuries in a truck accident.
"So far Jimmy is the only jockey who can win on Amorino," Ryan said.
"He has won two races on him and the other times he has either been injured or suspended or committed to another horse so it's good to have him back.
"I never took Amorino out of the Golden Rose and it was there for him to run in."
Amorino finished eighth of 11 in the McNeil Stakes won by Lady Of Harrods at Caulfield last Saturday week but Ryan said the Caulfield Guineas was still on his program.
"He was a victim of circumstances at Caulfield," Ryan said.
"He drew the outside barrier and if he went forward he was going to be four-wide.
"We elected to go back and ride him quieter but he was still posted three and four-wide.
"There wasn't really another suitable race for him and he can go back down for the Guineas if we decide to go that way."
Connections of Shamexpress, third in the McNeil, have paid the $50,000 late entry fee to put him in the Golden Rose (1400m) while McNeil runner-up Kabayan will represent Gai Waterhouse in the absence of unbeaten stablemate Pierro.
Kabayan was the $5 second elect on TAB fixed odds on Monday ahead of Tuesday's final declarations and barrier draw.