Last season Darren Weir smashed John Hawkes' record for training the most winners in an Australian season when he saddled up 348 of them. Can he go even better and nudge the 400 barrier?
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
There was no Melbourne winner more heartfelt, nor more loudly cheered on Saturday afternoon than the front-running Burning Front, the third leg of a Darren Weir treble at Moonee Valley.
The FFA Cup has only been going for three years but already it has captured the imagination of the soccer public – nowhere more so than in Victoria.
Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has flagged a number of changes – some forced, some by choice – for the road trip to Perth following the team's surprise 3-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Melbourne City interim coach Michael Valkanis can be pleased enough with his results so far: two wins out of three and the latter an unlucky defeat in Adelaide when the champions scored a last gasp winner against the run of play.
It was the win they had to have - only their second in seven weeks - but Melbourne City lacked the killer touch in a 2-1 victory over a Central Coast Mariners side that played for well over an hour with ten men following the sending off of striker Roy O'Donovan.
Nothing short of a win for Melbourne City over Central Coast Mariners on Thursday night at AAMI Park will be acceptable for a club with huge ambitions.
It might be a few weeks yet before the top line gallopers hit the track for their big late summer and autumn assignments, but top stables up and down the country are now putting the finishing touches to long laid plans for their stars to shine when the big money races come round again in Melbourne and Sydney.
Australian players will find it more difficult than ever to cash in on the booming Chinese Super League after changes were made to the competition's foreign quota system.
Melbourne Victory's push to close the gap on league leaders Sydney received a major boost on Sunday afternoon when the FFA decided to overturn the red card he was given in controversial circumstances during Friday night's 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar.