Autumn star Mosheen is a shock nomination for the $100,000 2012 Dean Millson & Brenda Nugent Handicap (1410m) at Flemington on Saturday.
It is still unknown whether trainer Robert Smerdon will accept and give the multiple Group 1 winner the first start of her spring preparation but she headlines a huge 44-horse list of nominations for the event.
Under handicap conditions, Mosheen has been allocated the topweight of 63kg but will get in under a claim if Smerdon accepts and chooses to book an apprentice for the ride.
The Fastnet Rock mare was one of the most successful horses during the autumn, winning four of five starts including a Group 1 treble.
The first of her elite-level victories in the autumn came in the Australian Guineas which was backed up with victories in the Randwick Guineas and the Vinery Stud Stakes.
A four-time Group 1 winner after also winning the Crown Oaks last spring, Mosheen boasts an excellent career record of seven wins from 14 starts and a prize pool of more than $2.6 million.
Another horse that impressed as a three-year-old nominated for the open handicap at Flemington is Michael Moroney-trained four-year-old Sabrage.
The Victoria Derby placegetter backed up his potential in the autumn when finishing runner-up to Zabeelionaire in the Group 1 South Autralian Derby at Morphetville in May.
Also included in nominations with solid black-type credentials is Spirit Song who won the final two races of her autumn preparation in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy and the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.
Other nominations include Mosheen’s stablemate Shewan and Mark Webb-trained mare Avienus.
Final fields for all the Flemington races will be announced on Wednesday so be sure to check back at Races.com.au to get the latest on the return of Mosheen.