Sydney stayer Lamasery won a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday to revitalise his chances of a southern campaign.
Trainer David Vandyke pulled the pin on a Caulfield Cup start after the gelding travelled badly from Sydney by road.
The Bendigo Cup is a likely target for Lamasery who finished third in the Group One Metropolitan at his most recent outing.
He was not among the entries for Wednesday’s Geelong Cup or Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup.
Brenton Avdulla rode the gelding in the 1550m heat which he covered on 1min36.12s beating restricted class galloper Fermoy by 10 lengths.
Lamasery was joined in the trial by fellow Melbourne Cup entrant Showcause who will take his place in the Geelong Cup.
Showcause finished fifth in the trial which trainer Frank Ritchie scheduled to keep the gelding ticking over as he wanted.
Showcause is a $16 chance in the Geelong Cup with Tanby the $3.50 favourite.