The $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) will be run at Flemington on Saturday with a start time of 4:30pm.
Star New Zealand colt Xtravagant enters the Australian Guineas on the back of an eight-length win in the Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m).
The Group 1 feature is scheduled for 4:30pm. It will be Race 7 on the nine-race program and will be broadcast live on Channel 7TWO and Sky Racing in Australia.
Xtravagant suffered a shock loss two starts back on a Soft 6 track but quickly put any concern away with his latest romp in the NRM Sprint.
He is unbeaten from four attempts on Good surfaces and will be met with his preferred track at Flemington on Saturday.
Victoria Derby (2500m) winner Tarzino was hitting the line strongly in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) to finish 1.35 lengths from Mahuta.
He won over the mile during the spring prior to a sixth-placing in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Mahuta has notched six victories in a row and will have plenty of admirers in the Australian Guineas as he looks to capture his biggest race victory – he won the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) in January but this will be tougher.
His stablemate, Palentino, should have plenty of backers after an excellent second in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m). He defeated Tivaci before losing the race on protest for interference caused at the 900m mark.
A third Darren Weir runner cannot be forgotten and that is former WA filly Perfect Reflection who was beaten for the first time last start.
She won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) over Delicacy by a whisker and will appreciate stepping up to 1600m second-up.
Risque is another filly in the event and she has won her past three starts; one of them was the 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Group 1 level in New Zealand.
Jameka won the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) but is very versatile and it wouldn’t surprise to see her run a strong race in what looks to be an entertaining contest.
The market also gives Tivaci and River Wild a small hope of causing an upset.