While the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) will deservedly capture most of the attention at Flemington on Tuesday, a quality list of nominations has been received for the other nine races on the program. Perhaps the most interesting event outside of the race that stops a nation is the $150,000 Listed Visit Victoria Plate (1800m) which features 31 entries headed by international raider Mull Of Killough, reports Racing Victoria.

Despite dropping significantly in class after finishing unplaced in the Sportingbet Cox Plate last start, the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained eight-year-old won’t have it all his own way if the strength of the nominations are anything to by.

Tony McEvoy could have two last-start country cup winners in the race with both Pelicano (Murray Bride Cup) and Sysmo (Seymour Cup) among the entries.

Other key nominations include exciting imports Gris Caro and Salon Soldier, Gai Waterhouse’s Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) winner Rain Drum, ultra-consistent gelding Whisper Downs and Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) victor Sheer Talent.

A further highlight on Tuesday’s card promises to be the $200,000 Group 3 Lavazza Short Black (1400m) for the mares which features 35 nominations headed by defending champion Koonoomoo.

With Steven Arnold already booked to take the ride, the Rod Grantley-trained mare heads into the race in arguably career-best form on the back of her last-start runner-up finish behind star mare Red Tracer in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Leading New South Wales trainer Chris Waller could also have a significant say in the outcome with four entries headed by dual Group 2-winning mare Arinosa.

Classy Peter Moody-trained sprinter Ready To Rip leads a staggering 42 nominations in the $150,000 Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m).

The locals appear to have the task ahead of them if they want to keep the prize money in Victoria with talented South Australian mares Just Discreet and Avoid Lightning, as well as the Paul Messara-trained Mahasara also among the entries.

The two-year-old fillies also get their chance to impress on racing’s biggest stage in the $120,000 Group 3 7News Stakes (1000m).

Hall Of Fame trainer David Hayes leads the way with three nominations while Caulfield trainers Peter Moody and Byron Cozamanis have two entries each.

Click here to view the full list of nominations for Flemington on Tuesday