POWERFUL training combination Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have set their sights on Friday's $100,000 Snake Gully Cup (1400m) at Gundagai.
The Waterhouse-Bott stable have nominated last-start city winner Regal Stage for Friday's feature race as they look to win the Snake Gully Cup for the first time.
Regal Stage, a winner at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day, is one of 36 entries for the Cup.
Waterhouse is no stranger to Snake Gully Cup day. She attended the popular race day in 2008, where her husband Rob has fielded as a bookmaker for years.
Fellow city training partnership Richard and Michael Freedman have also got their eyes on the Snake Gully Cup, nominating imported stayers Mushaireb and Greek Hero for the race.
Gundagai Adelong Race Club secretary Len Tozer was delighted by the Cup entries.
"We're certainly very happy. We've got city horses as well as the better country horses so it all makes for a good race meeting," Tozer said.
Richard Freedman was keeping his eye on the weather forecast on Monday as he weighed up his options with Mushaireb and Greek Hero, who are both set to resume from a spell. The pair have been nominated for a number of races throughout the week.
Goulburn trainer Kurt Goldman is strongly represented with three nominations in the Cup, in Intuition, Irish Songs and Ruthless Agent.
Albury trainer Mitch Beer has also nominated three, headed by Sky Call, as well as Global Sanction and Bezos.
The chances of a hometown hope rely with the David Blundell-trained Thistledo making the final field.
Albury Gold Cup winner Spunlago, for Ron Stubbs, is also among the nominations.
The club received 231 in total for the eight-race card, where $380,000 in prizemoney will be on offer.
A number of the supporting races, most notably the $50,000 Snake Gully Flying Handicap (1000m) and Country Magic Benchmark 58 Handicap (1400m), have also drawn strong interest.
"There's no doubt about that. The quality's there and the numbers are there," Tozer said.
"The feature races, they're both quite exceptional plus the Country Magic has attracted 39 nominations. Other races like the Country Maiden, there's 34 in it, so we've certainly done well.
"The extra prizemoney certainly makes a difference."
Tozer reported that the Gundagai track was rated a good three on Monday, with irrigation to be applied to the track overnight.
The showers forecast for later in the week should top it off perfectly, according to club officials.
"With the rain on Thursday, it should get to the (good) four," Tozer said.
Snake Gully Cup nominations
Airfree (Natalie Jarvis), Away She Goes (Luke Pepper), Bezos (Mitchell Beer), Deadly Impact (Stephen O'Halloran), Delivered (Chris Heywood), Demonstrate (Garry Kirkup), Dream Runner (Keith Dryden), Exaggerate (Doug Gorrel), Girls Are Ready (Joe Cleary), Global Sanction (Mitchell Beer), Greek Hero (Richard & Michael Freedman), Howlowcanyougo (Andrew Bourke), Ibini (Brett Cavanough), Intuition (Kurt Goldman), Irish Songs (Kurt Goldman), Kanerupt (Gratz Vella), Miss Charlie (Peter Kirby), Mookareena (Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones), Mount Horeb (George Osborne), Mr Kylin (Danielle Seib), Mushaireb (Richard & Michael Freedman), My Blue Jeans (Danny Williams), Not Too Sure (Chris Heywood), Ons Vier (Joseph Ible), Petaluma (Danny Williams), Regal Stage (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott), Ruthless Agent (Kurt Goldman), Sausedge (Matthew Dale), Scarleo (Keith Dryden), Sky Call (Mitchell Beer), Spunlago (Ron Stubbs), Supreme Polarity (Nick Olive), The Doctor's Son (John Whitelaw), Thistledo (David Blundell), Time Of Glory (Norm Loy), Trevelyan (Stephen O'Halloran).