Black Caviar will be kept in familiar surroundings for as long as possible ahead of her first start outside Victoria.
The world’s best racehorse isn’t expected to hit the road for Sydney until Thursday at the earliest.
She will be in town as the headline act of the Sydney autumn carnival, bringing with her an unbeaten run of 11 wins and an unprecedented amount of mainstream publicity for racing.
Her rivals for the $1 million TJ Smith Stakes are expected to include Australia’s second best sprinter Hay List and Group One winner Shoot Out.
Shoot Out, last year’s AJC Australian Derby hero, will be resuming in the weight-for-age speed test.
Australian Turf Club officials are hoping to boost the Derby day crowd with special buses to Randwick.
Buses have been organised to transport Black Caviar fans from provincial racetracks Gosford, Goulburn, Kembla Grange and Wyong as well as western Sydney racecourses Rosehill and Warwick Farm.