The son of All Too Hard was impressive making inroads from near-last on October 14, leaving punters keen to latch onto the David McColm-trained five-year-old.
Mazu brings an element of class to the $1 million race as the only Australian Group 1 winner engaged and shares the second line of betting at +500.
I Am Me (+500) is yet to have a jockey assigned but has been racing in terrific order, finding success in the Group 3 Sydney Stakes (1200m) before running into Imperatriz in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 28.
The Joseph Pride-trained Coal Crusher (+500) beat home Mazu in the Giga Kick and has been respected as an equal-second elect in the market.
King Of Sparta heads the double-figure hopes at +1000 after finishing mid-field in the Sydney Stakes and will need to overcome another awkward draw in barrier 10.
Opal Ridge and Dajraan share that quote and will be considered strong chances with only 53kg on their backs.
The Hunter is scheduled as race eight on the Newcastle program on Saturday and is set to get underway at 4:45pm AEDT.