Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have the new Magic Millions Classic favourite after Farnan outpaced his rivals to win a key lead-up race at Wyong.
Hard work is not foreign to Ben Thompson who is back from a stint in Singapore looking to re-establish himself among Victorian riding ranks.
A soft barrier draw and key gear change have Joe Pride confident Passage Of Time can find his best form in the Razor Sharp Handicap.
After easily winning a maiden at Warrnambool, lightly raced three-year-old St Joeys is set for his first city test over 1400m at Flemington.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick believes Tambo's Mate's ability to run a strong 1400m will get a genuine test in The Gateway at Eagle Farm.
Connections will wait until after the Villiers Stakes at Randwick to decide whether Gold Fields heads to Dubai or stays home for an autumn campaign.
Trainer John Sargent is hoping the faith jockey James McDonald has shown in juvenile Encountabull proves well placed when they team up at Randwick.
After a period convalescing from surgery for a brain aneurism, Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griifiths is ready to get back to the races at Flemington.
Jockey Raquel Clark admits there is a possibility she may not be able ride again as a result of a brain injury suffered in a fall after a race in Adelaide.
Chris Waller has enjoyed incredible success with imported stayers and he says the secret to keeping them happy is a simple one.
Singapore apprentice Simon Kok has followed a win at Tatura in country Victoria with his maiden metropolitan win at the twilight meeting at Sandown.
Co-trainer Ben Hayes is hopeful of good showings from two-year-olds Dark Horse and Wide Awake in a Flemington race that features a number of first starters.
Kingston Town Classic runner-up Gailo Chop is back in Victoria after his trip to Perth for the Group One race and will now spend some time in the paddock.
Having being sent to Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams for a change of environment, sprinter Illustrious Lad is set to make his race return at Flemington.
Live And Free has continued to thrive since his narrow last-start defeat and returns to his favourite track of Randwick for a shot at the Villiers Stakes.
The arguments about when smart gallloper Boomsara races best will be tested after he drew the rails in The Gateway at Eagle Farm.