NEXT week's Jayco Bendigo Cup will have an international flavour, with Irish St Leger placegetter Massiyn to run in the $240,000 event.
The Lloyd Williams-raced five-year-old is Bendigo-bound for just its third start on Australian soil.
"We're hoping to run Massiyn here next week,'' Lloyd Williams' son, Nick said at the Gallic Club luncheon yesterday.
"We purchased him overseas and we're hoping to continue the trend going of international gallopers winning here for the second year in a row (after Puissance De Lune won in 2012).
"He had his last start behind Atlantic Jewel in the Caulfield Stakes and he's come on from that."
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Brett Prebble will ride Massiyn.
The son of US sire Zamindar has only had eight career starts for two wins and three second placings.
In 2012, he ran a slashing second behind Galileo's Choice in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes (2400m) before narrowly going down to Royal Diamond in the Group One Irish St Leger (2800m).
Massiyn had its first Australian start at Moonee Valley in August, running last over 1500m.
Five weeks later he finished fourth of five, beaten 13 lengths by Atlantic Jewel in the Group One Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
Massiyn is one of eight Williams' runners left in the Melbourne Cup, but even a victory in the Bendigo Cup wouldn't be enough for the galloper to force its way into the Melbourne Cup.
Last year's Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon had a track gallop at Bendigo last Saturday morning in preparation for this Saturday's W.S. Cox Plate (2040m).
The Williams', who have won the Bendigo Cup three times, often transport their horses from their Macedon base to the BJC to gallop on the course proper.
"It's the best track in Victoria, it's the best prepared track in Victoria and the best race club in provincial Victoria,'' Nick Williams said of the BJC yesterday.
"We've been associated here for a long time and it's been a part of our success."
The Bendigo Cup will be run on Wednesday. Final fields will be declared on Monday morning.