Soho Hamilton has drawn the best of the Ballarat district runners for the group 1 $200,000 Victoria Derby at Melton on Saturday.
The Michael Stanley-trained three-year-old will start from gate one.
Emma Stewart's heat winner Pacific Dream did not have the same luck, drawing a tricky barrier nine.
Her other runners are Macha Dan (6) and Mirragon (12).
She also has emergency Be Happy Mach in barrier 11.
Snake Valley trainer Damien Burn's Youaremy Sunshine has drawn five on the front row.
The draw for the group 1 Victoria Oaks followed a similar pattern for Stewart, with her heat winner Maajida also landing barrier nine.
Stewart's other runners is Amelia Rose (2), with the Stanley-trained Soho Gloria Jane to come out of eight inside the second row.
The finals were determined by heats run in Ballarat on Saturday night.