Hunter jockey Andrew Gibbons can improve his season tally of 58 winners when he rides at Saturday's Newcastle meeting.
Gibbons has six mounts, including the well-fancied Trophies Galore, Vibrant and Eighth Immortal.
Trophies Galore will contest the eight-horse benchmark 64 handicap (1200m). Gibbons won the Highway Handicap on Trophies Galore at Newcastle on The Hunter day in 2019.
The five-year-old has shown glimpses of her best form in her two recent starts at Newcastle when runner-up to Hit The Target then when she came from second last to finish midfield.
Vibrant is well placed in the maiden handicap (900m). She was beaten half a length in a Scone maiden on April 20 and wasn't far away in her only Newcastle start in October.
Eighth Immortal, part owned by rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns and trained by his great mate Kris Lees, contests the last, a benchmark 64 handicap (1200m). Eighth Immortal has had one start for Lees when a luckless fourth at Port Macquarie on April 16.
Gibbons' other mounts are Insider Trader, Carolina Fire and Wild Sheila.
"I have a good association with Trophies Galore. Her recent form is good and she has the rails barrier and I am happy it's a small field," Gibbons said. "I rode Vibrant last start at Scone and her win was a beauty. I felt the filly needed the run.
"Eighth Immortal had no luck first-up for Kris and he has improved since. I didn't mind Wild Sheila's run last start and a win won't surprise. Insider Trader has a chance."
Osamu, recognised by some as the best maiden in Australia, steps out in the maiden plate (1200m).
The three-year-old, trained by Annabel Neasham, has been runner-up in six of 12 starts for prizemoney of $184,750. He finished fourth in a group 2 and runner-up in a Caulfield listed race. He started at $1.22 at Newcastle last start when taken on in front and run down late.
Chris Waller's Maramoti has bright prospects in the maiden handicap (1400m). The Kiwi-bred gelding finished an eye-catching third first-up at Newcastle on April 10. The longer trip is a positive and he will be hard to hold off.
In-form Randwick trainer John O'Shea sends the promising Alura to Newcastle to contest the maiden plate (1200m).
The filly has outstanding credentials. She was beaten two lengths by Peltzer at Kembla on debut in April last year.
Before a spell, she was runner-up behind the smart Ballistic Lover at Wyong in September. Alura looked good when easily winning a recent Randwick trial.