Trainer Norm Hilton believes emerging talent Carry Me Bluey can plant the seed for a long-range Sydney autumn campaign at Doomben today.
Carry Me Bluey will be chasing a hat-trick of wins when the 4-year-old returns from a seven-week break in the Simon George And Sons Plate (1200m).
Carry Me Bluey, who will again be ridden by Kristy Banks, had three weeks out in the paddock after his impressive last-start win over 1615m at Doomben on September 17.
"It was a good win considering he had to do it at both ends," Hilton said on Thursday.
"He went to the front and kicked on strongly and ran good time.
"I put him out for three weeks straight after the race with the intention of coming back for the Keith Noud Quality in another three weeks.
"However, he's feeling so good I was afraid he might hurt someone on the track so I've decided to run him now and I think he'll go very well."
Carry Me Bluey is lucky to be racing after being hurt as a yearling.
The son of Carry The Flag was on Warwick grain farmer Leo Roche's property when he ran into a wire fence and suffered a gaping gash to his off-knee.
It was only through Roche's tender care treating the injury that Carry Me Bluey was able to make a full recovery.