TEAM Hayes is set to heavily target next week's Albury carnival.
The Euroa based stable boasts a lethal strike rate when it crosses the Border with 10 winners from 23 starters at Albury this season.
Lindsay Park racing manager Rayan Moore said the stable would have runners over both days of the carnival.
"At this early stage we will have five runners on the opening day and six on cup day," Moore said.
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Hayes has been a big supporter of the Gold Cup in recent times.
The Hall of Fame trainer has had at least one runner in the $200,000 feature every year over the past decade with the exception of 2015.
Moore said recent Albury winner Royal Thunder would be the stable's sole nomination for the cup.
Royal Thunder won two starts back at Albury in a Benchmark 66 Handicap on Country Championship day.
The son of Casino Prince also finished fourth in last Saturday's Corowa Cup over a mile.
Royal Thunder has won six of 30-starts but is yet to win over further than 1700m.
"It looks likely Royal Thunder will be our only entry for the cup," he said.
"He was a fast finishing fourth in the Corowa Cup.
"A couple of the other horses we had targeting the Albury Cup have unfortunately fallen by the wayside.
"We haven't locked in a likely jockey yet.
"As most people know Blaike McDougall does most of our riding in NSW but has already committed to another runner in the cup.
"Blaike will partner most of our other runners over the carnival though."