The group 1 shadow of Winx hangs over perhaps one of the best Doncaster Mile's this century with a half-dozen runners having been consigned to runner-up status by the mighty mare during her winning streak.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
Chauatauqua hasn't won in Australia since last year's TJ Smith but such is his star quality he will be the leading act on the first day of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday.
It has certainly been advantage Melbourne since the direct focus of racing has turned to Sydney in the past couple of weeks. It has been like what happens in the spring only reversed.
Tony McEvoy is hoping the weather forecast for the rest of the week in Sydney will hold true as he sends Australian Guineas winner Hey Doc north for Saturday's Doncaster Mile.
Golden Slipper winning jockey Ben Melham will miss the final two days of the Sydney carnival after being suspended for 14 days and fined $2000 after hitting Assign 15 times before the 100 metre mark as he won Saturday's Neville Sellwood Stakes at Rosehill.
Ciaron Maher will take on the world with Jameka but admits he doesn't know where she could take him, "maybe even an Arc [de Triomphe]".
The hour trip from Sydney airport to Rosehill makes Darren Weir sigh. It is probably one of the reasons why the champion trainer has never been to the races in Sydney.
At the beginning of autumn jockey Regan Bayliss marked the Vinery Stud Stakes day as perhaps his best chance for a first group 1.
Randwick trainer Les Bridge believes Zenalicious is reaching her top but his confidence about the filly's chances in the Emancipation Stakes has been lower proportionally by the state of the Rosehill track on Saturday.
Scone trainer Rod Northam wants his horse After All That to return to next week's Country Championships final at Randwick, but he will need a dry track for Sunday's wildcard to achieve the dream.