Luck abandoned Hunter-trained pacers Bright Energy and Royal Gamble at the barrier draw for round two of the Inter Dominion on Sunday after 11th-placed efforts in the opening heats on Saturday night at Menangle.
Royal Gamble, for Morisset combination Mark and Jack Callaghan, gained gate 11 - three on the second line - in heat six, which will be the third and final pacing qualifier on Wednesday's Bathurst program.
Bright Energy, for Louth Park's Darren and Brad Elder, has gate nine - one on the back row - in heat five. The third round of qualifiers are at Newcastle next Sunday night.
On Saturday night, driver Jack Callaghan gained a handy spot from gate six with Royal Gamble in heat one, sitting third on the pegs for most of the trip. However, Royal Gamble faded late to finish 15.8m off winner and series favourite King Of Swing.
Brad Elder had Bright Energy four back in the running line from a back-row start for most of heat three. He finished 14.8 behind winner Malcolms Rhythm.
Callaghan was second driving Alta Orlando in heat two, which was dominated by Belinda McCarthy-trained stablemate Expensive Ego.
On Friday night at Newcastle, Darren Elder and the Callaghans were among the winners.
Elder had a training double Charolais Shannon and Shannonstheman, both driven by Blake Hughes, before qualifying What Now Shannon for the 3YO colts and geldings Breeders Challenge Regional Final.
What Now Shannon was second to the Aaron Goadsby-trained Three In Heaven in heat two and both will contest the decider on Inter Dominion night at Newcastle.
Oleg (Geoff Dorn) and Roclea Ruler (Mitch Chapple) qualified from the other heat.
In the fillies qualifier, Ellalong trainer Michael Formosa got the quinella with Heavenly Holly and Stellina.
Jack Callaghan drove winners for boss Belinda McCarthy (Bomb Suit) and his father, Mark (Sky Diamond).
Mark drove Three In Heaven and Give Me A Minute to wins for Goadsby.