Newcastle trainer Kris Lees could have five runners in the $1 million The Hunter (1300-metre) on Saturday as he chases his home track's new premier race.
Nominations for the November 16 standalone meeting close on Monday at 11am and Lees looks set to have at least five horses among entries for the feature event.
Le Romain and Graff have been on target for The Hunter in recent weeks, while Tactical Advantage, Invincible Gem and Miss Fabulass were also in early nominations.
Miss Fabulass was scratched from the group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday to leave the door open to The Hunter. Stablemate El Dorado Dreaming produced a powerful finish under Andrew Gibbons to grab third behind Peter and Paul Snowden-trained pair Reelem In Ruby and Moss Trip in the Hot Danish.
Lees said on Friday that Tactical Advantage would also probably go to The Hunter after his 1.5-lengths win in listed company over 1200m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.
"We'll bring him home," he said. "He's suspect at the 1300 but he's in good form, so it's a good time to try him."
He said two-time group 2 winner Invincible Gem would also likely go to The Hunter. The six-year-old mare last raced when seventh in the Tramway Stakes (1400m) on September 7. She was third in the Winx Stakes (1400m) and second in the Missile Stakes (1200m) in her other two starts this time in.
The Jason Deamer-trained Bon Amis and David Atkins-trained Jonker are other potential local hopes in The Hunter. Bon Amis was in nominations and on track for the race, while Jonker was a possible entry.
Scone trainer Bernie Kelly's Bobbing, which was third in the $1.3 million Kosciuszko (1200m) on October 19, has been nominated.
Other likely entries are Fiesta, Handle The Truth, Hey Doc, Query, Stars Of The Sea, Teleplay and Sandbar.
The Godolphin nominations could include Home Of The Brave, Viridine, Manicure and Multaja.
Meanwhile, In Her Time was third in the group 1 VRC Sprint Classic for Lees, while stablemate Regimental Band was third in the listed Springtime Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.