Tasmanian weight-for-age star Mandela Effect will step up to the big league at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Scott Brunton-trained six-year-old will have his first start at group 1 level in the $500,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
Although he will be one of the outsiders, there was some support for him in early markets.
He touched $51 with Sportsbet before firming to $41 and is $34 with tab.com.au.
Mandela Effect resumed with a fifth in a 1200m listed race at Moonee Valley 12 days ago when he was slow to begin and always midfield.
Jockey Craig Newitt said he was satisfied with the run as the gelding needed further.
He also had 61kg and drops to 56kg under this week's open handicap conditions.
Newitt completed the Tasmanian WFA triple crown on Mandela Effect last summer, winning the Tasmanian Stakes, Thomas Lyons and Mowbray Stakes.
The last Tasmanian jockey to win the Sir Rupert Clarke - originally known as the Invitation Stakes - was Max Baker on Proud Toff in 1972.
Mandela Effect's stablemate The Inevitable began his spring campaign with a close fourth in the group 2 Bobbie Lewis at Flemington last Saturday.
He returned the best closing sectionals of the race while going down by less than half a length.
JOURNEY OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Mystic Journey has drifted to $21 in betting for the $1 million Empire Rose at Flemington next month.
She had been a $10 chance in early markets but blew out after finishing down the track in the P B Lawrence and Memsie Stakes.
The five-year-old has been back home for a fortnight while trainer Adam Trinder re-assesses her spring program.
The Empire Rose on October 31 is his new preferred target.
It's a 1600m group 1 race restricted to fillies and mares.
If all goes to plan, Mystic Journey will have just one more lead-up run in the $200,000 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, September 25.
RETURN TO NINE RACES AT SPREYTON
After an unusually small seven-race meeting last week, things are back to normal on Sunday with a nine-event program at Spreyton.
The meeting, originally scheduled for Elwick, kicks off with an open handicap over 1150m at noon.
Although it's the smallest field on the card, most of the seven runners have a chance.
Smart mare Gee Gee Double Dee is overdue for a change of luck after near-misses at her past two starts.
She had an interrupted run when a close third to O'Lonh Star and Balearic on August 16 then was slow to begin and had to come extremely wide when beaten a head by Geegee Trendsetter three weeks ago.
VINNIE ROE JOCKEY LOSES CANCER FIGHT
Former champion Irish jockey Pat Smullen has died of pancreatic cancer aged only 43.
Smullen is best known to Australian punters for his three Melbourne Cup rides on Vinnie Roe, finishing fourth to Media Puzzle in 2002, second to Makybe Diva in 2004 and eighth to the same mare in 2005.
He had a long association with dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Dermot Weld and rode 1892 career winners.
FULL SPEED TO ANOTHER STABLE
Well-performed pacer Full Speed Ahead has had another stable change after being bought for $12,000 in Hobart on Sunday night.
The nine-year-old was claimed by Richmond owner Gavin Kelly and has been transferred to trainer Mark Yole.
Full Speed Ahead, who arrived in Tasmania in August 2017, has previously been trained by Todd Rattray, Marc Butler and most recently Zeke Slater.
He has beaten top free-for-aller Ryley Major twice in recent weeks when leading all the way.
However he could finish only seventh to Tarleton Riley in a moderate claiming race at his latest appearance.
When questioned by stewards, Slater said he believed Full Speed Ahead was a far better horse when leading.
Yole has a good working knowledge of the gelding as he's driven him four times for two wins and two seconds.