A field of 14 horses are set to run in Wednesday's $250,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup.
Acceptances for the 2400m race came out this morning, with just over half of the 26 nominated runners accepting to run in the race, one more than last year.
The Robert Hickmott-trained Excluded – who currently sits 48th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry – has been included in the field, topping the weights at 58kg.
However it is under a cloud of doubt, as the gelding is also listed in the field for Saturday's group three Lexus Stakes at Flemington.
The rest of the field sits between 55 and 54.5kg, with Bendigo jockey Brad Rawiller's mount Puissance De Lune contending with 54.5kg.
Bendigo Jockey Club chief executive officer Ian Hart said the club is happy with the acceptances.
"We're happy with the field, it would be nice to have a few more of the Melbourne Cup hopefuls in, but it will certainly be an interesting race," he said.
"In terms of the quality, it's probably not as strong as last year but there could be a few horses that in 6-12 months time we may see really improve.
"Puissance De Lune could go anywhere, the Williams horse, Practiced, is very lightly raced and looks strong too, so it will be interesting to see how the race pans out."
The 2012 edition of the Bendigo Cup is scheduled to start at 4pm on Wednesday.