Irish trainer Willie Mullins is plotting yet another assault on the Emirates Melbourne Cup, hoping his form in the race can continue on an upward spiral in 2016.

Among Mullins' prospective travellers this spring include Max Dynamite, who finished second behindPrince of Penzance last year.

Max Dynamite's effort was the best of three Mullins runners in the race, after Holy Orders (17th in 2003) and Simenon (5th in 2013).

Max Dynamite's form is inferior to his '15 results prior to his Flemington run, and Mullins is yet to enter the horse for the same race he dominated last year - the Lonsdale Cup at York, running this Friday (local time).

As an alternative, Max Dynamite could run in Sunday's Irish St Leger Trial over 2800m, being among the 34 entered.

Mullins might be dodging the Lonsdale with Max Dynamite given his other Cup hopeful, Wicklow Brave, is headed to the race.

With some of the same owners as Simenon, Wicklow Brave looms large in the Cup picture, but Racing Victoria's international scout Leigh Jordon feels he would have to run top-three this week to get up in the weights to get into the field.

Another potential runner from the Mullins stable is Ivan Grozny, who is entered for Sunday's Ebor Handicap.

Ivan Grozny has put together back-to-back wins - one came in a low-grade hurdle race to the tune of 11 lengths, before reverting to the flat at Galway in late July, winning over 2829m by 14 lengths.

The Ebor will evidently be a tougher test for Ivan Grozny, but he's a two-mile specialist, making Europe's richest handicap race - the winner earns £174,300 - right up his alley over the 2816m journey at York.