The three market leaders for the $400,000 Provincial Championships final will face off in the first heat of the series at Wyong.
The Kim Waugh-trained His Majesty is the $4.60 favourite for the final on April 9 but will have to overcome barrier 14 of 15 in Thursday’s heat.
Stablemate Supreme Effort has also drawn awkwardly in 12.
Supreme Effort and the Tony McEvoy-trained Daisy Duke share the second line of TAB’s betting on the final at $8.
Daisy Duke, who has barrier 10 at Wyong, will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla in the heat while Blake Shinn rides His Majesty and James McDonald is aboard Supreme Effort.
The first three in each of the five heats qualify for the final.