Le Romain's connections have been sweating on a All-Star Mile berth all week but for the horse that gained an 11th-hour start as first emergency it has been business as usual.
"It was a waiting game for me but he doesn't know that, he was assuming he was going to the races on Saturday and now he is," trainer Kris Lees said after his three-time group 1 winner gained a start as first emergency following the late scratching of Foundry.
Even before Foundry was announced as doubtful for the $5 million race on Thursday, Lees said he had treated Le Romain as if he would be a starter.
"We have 100 per cent prepared him like he is set to run, we just had to assume he was in," Lees said.
"He had a jump-out last Friday at Flemington, he galloped on the course proper on Tuesday and he is going into the race with three weeks between runs."
Had Le Romain not gained a run Lees would have moved the six-year-old to Sydney for a clash with Winx in next week's group 1 George Ryder Stakes.
Now he heads into the inaugural All-Star Mile as a live chance with Lees confident the gelding can bounce back from a subpar second-up performance at Caulfield in the group 1 Futurity.
Lees is heartened by Le Romain's record at the Flemington mile, where he won the 2016 group 1 Cantala Stakes and finished second in the group 1 Kennedy Mile during the spring
"I couldn't be happier with him, and I am trying to forgive him for that last run," Lees said. "He wasn't beaten far, and he worked a bit up the hill. He has terrific third-up stats, he goes well at the course and distance and he is a proven weight-for-age performer."
Another plus for Le Romain is barrier one, from where the trainer says veteran jockey Dwayne Dunn can sum up the tempo but probably sit "one or two pairs back."
"He is going to get a fantastic run without doing any work early," Lees said.
The two other horses under scrutiny from Racing Victoria's vets – Urban Ruler and Material Man – were checked late on Friday.
Urban Ruler, a 150-1 rank outsider, will wear bar plates on both front feet and Material Man, who presented with mild lameness on Thursday, will wear a heart bar shoe on his left front foot.