The Scots haven't taken the Ayr Gold Cup since 1975, and Hawkeyethenoo is out to do his best.
Hawkeyethenoo, this year's Stewards' Cup winner, which has been towards the head of the market for Saturday's contest, was last to be drawn from the hat, therefore filling the vacant position in stall three.
The draw was carried out by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, and high numbers were popular from those chosen first.
Kevin Ryan's Our Jonathon, the winner 12 months ago, has been well supported in recent days and he will break from stall number 12 in his bid to land back-to-back renewals.
A full field of 27 are set to line up in the Ayr Gold Cup provided the coastal track can survive the downpour that put paid to the opening day of the Western meeting.
Testing conditions will be of no concern to Maarek, which is fully proven on heavy ground. He is also prominent in the market, despite having to carry a 5lb penalty for winning a Group 3 at the Curragh last weekend. David Nagle's runner came second out of the hat and races from 13.
Dandy Nicholls, six times successful in the race, fields Rodrigo de Torres (stall 27) and the joint-second from top in the weights, Beacon Lodge (nine), while Richard Fahey's Johannes (10) was the last to make the cut. The 2008 winner Regal Parade was drawn 19.
The five taken out at declaration stage were Fulbright, Imperial Guest, Dubawi Sound, Bajan Tryst and Move In Time.