Realm Of Flowers to blossom again?
Unlike her rivals, Realm Of Flowers will not carry the weight of expectation or anticipation into Saturday's Group 3 Bart Cummings.
The winner is guaranteed a start in the Melbourne Cup, a prize which the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained mare already possesses.
She's there for the run; a lucrative barrier trial.
"As long as she's finishing very hard, that'll be a pass mark because position probably isn't as important for us as much as we'd still love to see her win," Sam Freedman said.
Realm Of Flowers has finished well back in the placings in her two runs this preparation, the G2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley and the G3 Naturalism (2000m) at Caufield.
Up in trip and at Flemington is where she'll likely do her best work.
"I just want to see her hit the line; she didn't hit the line as I'd hoped second-up at Caulfield," Freedman said.
"Ollie (Damien Oliver) came in and said 'We just need to get this horse to Flemington' and he's right, her best form is obviously on big tracks."
Like Realm Of Flowers, promising filly Elusive Express will relish the forecast rain ahead of her run in the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes.
"From a good gate I would expect her to be pretty close to the speed there on Saturday and she should love the mile, she loves getting her toe in as well I think, so it all bodes pretty well for her," Freedman said.
The stable also has Devout Hero in the Edward Manifold, coming in off a disappointing run in the G2 Tranquil Star, a race in which Elusive Express ran third, beaten by under a length.
"I'm sure she'll make improvement with the blinkers on, but she's got to get out of the gates better than she did the other day," Freedman said of Devout Hero.
"If she does that, I wouldn't be surprised if she made sharp improvement."
Still searching for his maiden win, Forbes enters a G2 Danehill Stakes which is littered with talent.
Having run Anamoe to a nose on debut, the Capitalist colt is not without a puncher's chance.
"It's a hot race and he's 50-1, which is probably a good reflection of how good it is," Freedman said.
"He's got good talent and he got pretty tired the other day at Caulfield, but we've upped his work, so he'll strip a bit fitter on Saturday."
Fellow Capitalist colt Cannonball will make his debut in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, while the stable will keep an eye on the weather before deciding if Cerberus takes his place in the Listed Super Impose Stakes.
Realm Of Flowers (Image: Racing Photos)