The late engagement of a Singapore Airlines flight to Melbourne tomorrow morning ended the Xtravagant crisis.

Xtravagant's assault on Saturday's A$750,000 Australian Guineas was put in doubt when the flight transporting the colt to Melbourne this morning was cancelled.

Emergency calls went out and a flight was organised for tomorrow morning.

Co-trainer Stephen Autridge, who flew to Melbourne this morning to meet Xtravagant, said the trip had to be in serious doubt if tomorrow morning's flight had been further delayed.


"We found a flight that was going Sydney-Singapore and managed to divert it to Melbourne," said New Zealand Bloodstock Transport executive Greg Northcott.

Tomorrow morning's flight is due to leave at 9am, necessitating the cancellation of the arrangement to introduce Xtravagant and Stephen Autridge to media outlets tomorrow morning.

Xtravagant drew the perfect No 3 barrier when fields were finalised this morning. The colt was originally posted as $3.80 favourite on futures betting with outlets in Australia, but shortened to be less than $3 after the barrier draw, with $2.80 being tipped by many price assessors as being accurate around close to start time.

The Darren Weir-trained Palentino is regarded as the main danger and was a little better than $4 in Australia, a bit ahead of Victoria Derby winner Tarzino.