WEDNESDAY'S Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m) looms as a battle of the Aussies versus the imports.
Topweight Mourayan, stablemate Massiyn, the Peter Moody-trained Kesampour and Mick Price-trained Bit Of Hell give the Cup a strong imported flavour.
Tuscan Fire, Folding Gear, Sertorius, Gotta Take Care, Verdant and Hippopus headline the Australian-bred stayers in the race.
"We're very happy with the way the field has stood up,'' Bendigo Jockey Club chief executive Ian Hart said.
"Mourayan is a Sydney Cup winner, Kesampour and Bit Of Hell are classy imports, Massiyn ran some big races in Ireland.
"Folding Gear is an Easter Cup winner, Tuscan Fire won a Mornington Cup, Verdant ran second in the Geelong Cup, Sertorius ran second in the Cranbourne Cup and Gotta Take Care has been in great form.
"It should be a great Bendigo Cup."
Williams is yet to make a final decision as to whether topweight Mourayan uses the Bendigo Cup or one of the Lexus Stakes or Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday as his final lead-up run for next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.
A winner of more than $2million in prizemoney, Mourayan would have to carry 61.5kg in the Bendigo Cup, but he did fare well at the barriers, drawing gate one.
At this stage, Brett Prebble is listed as the jockey for Mourayan and stablemate Massiyn.
The Peter Moody-trained import Kesampour will challenge for favouritism.
Two starts ago Kesampour looked good in running second to Mr O'Ceirin in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) before running fifth to Sea Moon in the Group Two Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) last start.
Bit Of Hell has mixed its form since arriving from Europe, but he did catch the eye when a fast-finishing third in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield two runs ago.
Massiyn is the great unknown.
The lightly-raced stayer has finished last and second-last in its two Australian starts.