MOURAYAN won't run in Wednesday's Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m) but some punters expect Lloyd Williams to win the Listed race anyway.
Williams' Irish import Massiyn was the best backed runner on Tuesday.
Massiyn opened at $10 on TAB Sportsbet, but that price was quickly snapped up and by Tuesday night the Irish St Leger placegetter had firmed into $7.50.
Cranbourne Cup runner-up Sertorius was the only other horse to firm.
The promising stayer opened at $4.60 eased to $4.80 before being backed into $4.40 favourite.
The Peter Moody-trained Kesampour was a noticeable drifter.
The French import opened favourite at $4.40, but was unwanted at that price and eased to $5.50.
Veteran stayer Gotta Take Care and Geelong Cup runner-up Verdant were rock solid in betting at $7.
Tuscan Fire, which will be ridden by hometown favourite Nash Rawiller, is an $11 chance.
Rawiller will have his first ride on Tuscan Fire in the Cup.
The seven-year-old won the Mornington Cup earlier this year and hasn't been disgraced in recent runs at Group One level, including a 12th placing in the Caulfield Cup.
"In the Caulfield Cup he was still there at the 150m mark and he attacked the line,'' Nash said.
"He finished just on my tail and I finished fifth, so he actually wasn't far from the winner.
"This race should suit him."
Tuscan Fire is best known as a frontrunner, but from a wide draw on Wednesday Rawiller is tempted to ride him further back in the field.
"It's just an idea I've been throwing about, but I haven't spoken to the trainer or connections yet,'' he said.
Rawiller's biggest threat could be Sertorius.
After a slashing second in the Cranbourne Cup, Sertorius is at peak fitness according to co-trainer Jamie Edwards.
“He pulled up really well after the race,'' Edwards told springracingcarnival.com.au
"We were trying to get him into the Geelong Cup and he twisted his fetlock in his final gallop leading up to the race.
"So we missed that and rested the joint for a week and opted to go to the Bendigo Cup instead.
“It (the injury) has pulled up good and the vet has given him the all clear this morning so he’s all ready to go.”
Sertorius is yet to be tested at 2400m, but Edwards expects the gelding to thrive over more ground.
“He should been running somewhere midfield and the way he seems this preparation all he wants to do is relax and settle,” he said.
“He won over 2000 metres at Flemington last Spring Carnival and now we’re 12 months down the track and he’s running over 2400, so that’s a natural progression you would think maturing from a five-year-old to a six-year-old.
“He’s a lovely horse. He tries hard, he’s very honest and consistent and I’m pretty upbeat about him going into Wednesday.”
The track was rated a dead five on Tuesday and is expected to be in perfect condition for the Cup.
The Cup will be run at 4pm.