The Group 3 MRC Foundation Cup at Caulfield on Saturday will help shape the field for next month's Caulfield Cup.
Of the 19 runners accepted for Saturday's 2000m contest, 18 remain in the hunt for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 16.
Only 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare, runner-up in that year's Caulfield Cup, is assured of a start in this year's $5 million race being 15th in the Order of Entry that was released by Racing Victoria on Wednesday.
The MRC Foundation Cup offers the winner a ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup.
Realm Of Flowers, who is exempt from the ballot for the Melbourne Cup courtesy of her victory in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington in May, sits 39th in the Caulfield Cup entry.
Mount Poppa is exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot courtesy of his Mornington Cup victory earlier in the year while last year's winner Verry Elleegant is number two on the entry order but is being aimed at the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 23.