THE $50,000 Maffra Cup will highlight Sunday's eight-event program at Greenwattle Racecourse.
Like all race meetings, only required personnel will be allowed at the Sale Turf Club.
The top-rated runner is Tigger, trained by Enver Jusufovic at Cranbourne, who came second in his last run on a soft track at Cranbourne over 1300m. The seven-year-old gelding had two wins his previous preparation over similar distances.
Trained by Henry Dwyer, six-year-old gelding The Black Leopard, recently came fifth in the St Patrick's Cup at Geelong.
Six-year-old mare Moscow Red, also trained by Dwyer, won last start in a 1600m race on a soft track at Pakenham three weeks ago.
Honey Esprit is trained by Clinton McDonald at Caufield. The five-year-old mare won a 1300m race on soft going at Sandown two starts ago, but has been out of the placings in her two other runs on good tracks this preparation.
Moe's Peter Gelagotis, who trained last year's Maffra Cup winner Thoughtful Harmony, nominated So He Rules. The four-year-old New Zealand gelding won at Sandown in February, but finished a disappointing 13th over 1400m in his most recent start at the same track last week.
Local interest will be on five-year-old Schweisteiger, trained by Damien Walkley at Sale, which has been placed in his past two runs at Sale, including a win last month.
Maffra Cup field
Sunday, 5pm, 1400m:
- Tigger (barrier one): trainer E Jusufovic
- The Black Leopard (barrier nine): trainer H Dwyer
- Talenti (barrier 14): trainer R Hickmott
- Fast Plan (barrier seven): trainer M Freedman
- Zebrinz (barrier eight): trainers L & T Corstens
- Honey Esprit (barrier 18): trainer C McDonald
- Schweinsteiger (barrier two): trainer D Walkely
- High 'n' Dry (barrier four): trainers M Ellerton & S Zahra
- Moscow Red (barrier 17): trainer H Dwyer
- Allageri (barrier 10): trainer G Bedggood
- Bricktop (barrier 11): trainer J McArdle
- So He Rules (barrier 12): trainer P Gelagotis
- Pop Queen (barrier six): trainers L Tolston & L Proctor
- Urban Lumberjack (barrier five): trainer M Freedman
- Miss Ladybird (emergency, barrier three): trainer M Moroney
- Fudged (emergency, barrier 15): trainer C Alderson
- Accountability (emergency, barrier 16): trainer C Waller
- Turn the Tide (emergency, barrier 13): trainer C Alderson