Ortensia will be aimed at one of the major sprint races in Melbourne after a virus forced connections to abort plans for a New Zealand campaign.
The Broadmeadow track will be given a searching test on Thursday ahead of its scheduled reopening on Boxing Day.
Trainer Paul Perry’s chances of claiming a third Razor Sharp Handicap hinge on Sydney’s weather.
Weighted out of sprint races in South Australia, prolific winner Periduki will have his first start for new trainer Todd Balfour at Flemington after being transferred from Mick Whittle.
If trainer Les Kelly could ask for an early Christmas present it would be a dry track for Skating On Ice at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
It has been a case of swings and roundabouts for apprentice Sam Clipperton who has picked up the Villiers Stakes mount on Tindal.
Rapid Redux has put unbeaten Australian superstar Black Caviar’s winning streak in the shade by racking up his 21st consecutive victory here on Tuesday.
Flashing Zorro was once barred by stewards as being uncompetitive but the $500 purchase continues a fairytale comeback at Queanbeyan on Thursday.
Christy Roche has become the second Irish trainer this year to be handed a hefty bill over unpaid taxes.
Daryl Jacob is to ride Master Minded confidently when the dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner steps up to three miles for the first time in the King George VI Chase.