Gai Waterhouse has numbers on her side as she bids to win a record-equalling seventh Epsom Handicap with the leading Randwick trainer nominating 16 horses for the famous Randwick mile.
Heading the list is More Joyous, winner of the Doncaster Mile earlier this year to give Waterhouse a seventh victory in that race, equalling the record of her late father TJ Smith who also set the Epsom standard.
Waterhouse and Smith are also joint titleholders of the Metropolitan (2400m) record with seven winners and the leading Randwick trainer has 11 entries for the staying feature.
Te Akau won the race in 1992 to give Waterhouse the first Group One victory of her then fledgling career which has since netted more than 100 at the highest level.
Caulfield Cup favourite Green Moon is among the entries for the Metropolitan as are 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday and his stablemate Niwot.
Entries for the Epsom, the Metropolitan and the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for three-year-olds were taken on Monday. The three Group One races are part of a bumper day's racing at Randwick on October 6, the final day of the Sydney spring carnival.
Entries for the Group One Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies are taken on the Monday before the race.
The Australian Turf Club received 101 entries for the Epsom, 97 for the Metropolitan and 93 for the Spring Champion, an increase of 12 per cent on last year.
Star colt Pierro is among Waterhouse's Spring Champion entries but will more than likely miss the race with his spring mission, the Caulfield Guineas, a week later.
Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes have entered two horses - Romani and Xandretta - but All Too Hard is not there while Melbourne trainer Mike Moroney has 10 nominations.
The Epsom meeting also features five other black-type races including the first of the new season's stakes races in Sydney for two-year-olds, the Gimcrack Stakes and Breeders' Plate.
Pierro won last year's Breeders' Plate and remains unbeaten after six starts including the juvenile triple crown of the Golden Slipper, Sires' Produce and Champagne Stakes.