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Red Excitement looks head and shoulders above his rivals after nominations were released for the 2017 Canberra Cup.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Red Excitement at the nominations stage would be one of two runners inside the handicap for the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) which is conducted under quality conditions.
The 2017 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra has attracted strong nominations spearheaded by Houtzen.
The unbeaten Houtzen is the best performed two-year-old nominated for the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) which could likes of Khan, Muraaqeb and Menari lured to Canberra.
Last year's world-leading sprinter Chautauqua is at the top of the weights for the second consecutive year for the $1.255 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 11.
The six-year-old gelding, who has run second (2015) and third (2016) in the past two Newmarkets, would become only the fourth horse in the past 50 years to win the race with 58kg or more if successful.
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