Group 1 winners Trust In A Gust, Temple of Boom and Ihtsahymn head nominations for the Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.
Last year's Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia has been retired due to a training injury.
It was as if Richard Hughes had just ridden the Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner on the same afternoon, not finished fourth in a handicap on a little-known horse called Fox Trotter.
New Zealand based sire Keeper registered his 29th stakes winner when honest 6YO gelding Keepit To Yourself won the $100,000 Winter Challenge at Rosehill on Saturday.
Rothesay; Star Witness; Choisir; Encosta De Lago
Retired champion trainer and winner of five Melbourne Cups Lee Freedman talks to Gary Crispe about the chances of Lucas Cranach next Tuesday.