Tough WA gelding Mysta Magical Mach, on target for Sunday week's $750,000 Sydney Inter Dominion Championship (3000m), will be a surprise starter in a 1609m free-for-all at Menangle on Tuesday.
Trainer Tony Svilicich has decided the bay, due to head east today with defending Inters champion Im Themightyquinn, needs another race to top him off.
"Mysta Magical thrives on weekly racing," Svilicich said yesterday.
"He's done well since a second to Im Themightyquinn last Saturday at Gloucester Park.
"I think it's vital my horse is kept up to the mark with an extra race before the big one. Tuesday's free-for-all fits ideally into his lead-up."
Morgan Woodley is booked for Tuesday's drive on Mysta Magical Mach, who drew gate nine.
Svilicich will be at Gloucester Park tonight to start Shardons Rocket in the $50,000 Global Insurance Broking Governors Cup (2536m).
The gelding, a winner twice this month, ran third to Rakarebel over 2130m last Friday.
"Shardons Rocket has pleased in training," Svilicich said. "But a back-line draw will test him."
Svilicich is booked on a flight out of Perth late tonight and will supervise Mysta Magical Mach in exercise tomorrow.
Im Themightyquinn's trainer Gary Hall Sr said the $3.7 million earner could not be faulted.
"The opposition will be tough on Sunday week but he's ready to produce his best," Hall said.
The trainer confirmed his Governors Cup runners Remember El and Davy Maguire were in top order. He will start Rakarebel and My Jasami in tonight's other feature event, the Chinese New Year Cup (2130m).
Hall's reinsman son Gary Jr, on 99 wins this season, will drive Remember El and My Jasami.
Last Saturday's winner Jaccka Felix was selected by Hall Jr when he had a choice between four of his father's runners in the Guardian Underwriting Services Pace (2536m) tonight.
Hall Sr will also start Whos Mistake (to be driven by Kim Prentice), Dashing Christian (Chris Voak) and Black N Bettor (Shane Butcher) in the race. Other drives for Hall Jr tonight are Soho Winslet, Uncle Kracker, Famous Alchemist, D B Dazzler and Sir Artsplace.