GAI Waterhouse is poised to spearhead a multi-state assault on the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Two-Year-Old Classic, 1000m, in Ballarat on Sunday.
The champion Sydney trainer has nominated the unraced Divine Calling for the first running of the feature event.
Divine Calling will be completely at home in the classic. He warmed up for this assignment with a trial win at Warwick Farm on November 13.
Waterhouse is one of three NSW trainers will entries among the 20 nominations, Stephen Farley (Wyong) has nominated Patinage and Gary Colvin (Wagga Wagga) has Rocksham.
Adelaide trainers Tony McEvoy and Sam Kavanagh complete the interstate contingent with Bring A Ring and Liberty Heights respectively.
Bring A Ring is one of only three entries with race experience and one of two winners. The daughter of Sebring saluted on debut in Adelaide.
Ticket To Toorak from the Warrnambool stable of Matthew Williams is the other winner in the nominations.
Ballarat Turf Club chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said the number of entries had easily exceeded expectations.
“It’s a brilliant outcome.”
He said with the field limited to 12 starters (four emergencies), there would most likely be a ballot to determine the field. McKenzie said race-winners Bring A Ring and Ticket To Toorak were the only nominations guaranteed a start.
The classic will be race six on the 10-event program at 2.45pm.
The first race will be at noon, with the Ballarat Cup race eight at 4pm.