Apprentice Will Price is looking especially forward to partnering William Thomas at Pakenham on what is shaping as a busy weekend for the young rider.
Ballarat stalwart Dan O'Sullivan is hoping to land his first win in his home town Cup with Matriarch Stakes victor Affair To Remember.
Interstate trainers are relying on the help of local handlers to stable and saddle their horses ahead of major Group One assignments.
Ballarat trainer Dan O'Sullivan says Affair To Remember has the right credentials to give him a Group One win in the Australasian Oaks.
Lightly raced filly Affair To Remember is the early favourite to claim her first stakes win in the Group Two Sandown Guineas.
Lightweight Sydney jockey Andrew Adkins has snared the ride on New Zealand stayer Sir Charles Road in the Sydney Cup.
Australasian Oaks hopeful Truly Discreet could back up at Caulfield over 1600m, seven days after her third placing in the Listed Bendigo Guineas.
Near Queue and Fine Embers will fly the flag for Ballarat trainer Dan O'Sullivan when they run at Sandown.
Truly Discreet has relived memories of trainer Dan O'Sullivan's first Group race success with her all-the-way win at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Dan O'Sullivan says Fine Evader is an out-and-out stayer who will appreciate the rise in distance to 2400m at Sandown.