Fingers crossed for you Cinders. I've helped on the finish line for the last three years and as soon it it gets to the 5hr finishers you can see it thinning out so that's when they start to dismantle the first funnel. It's also when things start easing off at the St Johns station too!
Cinders, what did you put down as a predicted finish time? From what i can gather you have a better chance of getting a ballot place if you put a predicted finish time of 5 hrs or above. The field thins out then.