Five Group One winners feature among the 18 nominations for the Moir Stakes which has a field limit of 15 plus emergencies.
A change of plans because of a wet track in Sydney last weekend has prompted the Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable to bring Sunlight back to Melbourne to run in Friday night’s $1 million Group One sprint over 1000m at The Valley and she worked at the course on Monday morning.
Galaxy winner Nature Strip, who was beaten as favourite in the Moir last year, is also among the headline entries along with Godolphin’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Trekking, New Zealand sprinter The Bostonian and Oakleigh Plate winner Booker.
The Tony Pike-trained The Bostonian, who won two Group One sprints in Brisbane in May, won a jump-out at Flemington last Friday in preparation for his return in the Moir.
Nature Strip has been posted as the $3 favourite in an early all-in market on Monday ahead of Sunlight at $6 and Trekking at $8.