STAR New Zealander The Gold Ace is one of 17 horses in line for Ballarat Pacing Cup riches following the close of nominations this morning.
The Shepparton and Cranbourne cups champion looks as though he will chase further country feature race success in the group 1 event on Saturday night.
Champion Smoken Up was one of five horses nominated by trainer Lance Justice, while Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart holds the hopes of a local victory with Restrepo and Metro Mike amongst the possible starters.
The final field and barrier draw will be declared at a special Ballarat and District Trotting Club breakfast tomorrow morning.
BALLARAT PACING CUP
(FIELD - 12 plus 1 emergency)
Abettorpunt (trained by David Lewis)
Alchemy (Lance Justice)
Caribbean Blaster (Andy Gath)
Christen Me (Cran Dalgety, NZ)
Field Officer (Grant Dixon, Queensland)
Hugo Play (Lance Justice)
Im Barny Rubble (Lance Justice)
Im Corzin Terror (Dean Braun)
Keayang Cullen (Marg Lee)
Metro Mike (Emma Stewart)
Pass Them By (Tim Butt NZ)
Restrepo (Emma Stewart)
Smoken Up (Lance Justice)
The Gold Ace (Belinda McCarthy, NSW)
Toulouse Lautrec (Lance Justice)
Uncle Wingnut (Joe Costa)
Wartime Sweetheart (David Aiken)