The autumn carnival is just around the corner and with some of the big guns set to resume in the next few weeks, we take a look at 10 horses that should make their presence felt at Melbourne and Sydney.
Here are our 10 to follow for the autumn.
3yo Colt by FASTNET ROCK from MICA'S PRIDE
The Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby day always tends to produce a horse or two that go on to bigger and better things and expect that to be the case this year with Comin' Through. The Chris Waller-trained galloper joined Kermadec as a winner of the race from the same stable and looks to have plenty of upside. A half brother to Criterion, he is another that should rise to prominence and will target races such as the Doncaster Mile (1600m).
ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)
5yo Horse by LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) from DESERT DRAMA (IRE)
Endless Drama joined the Chris Waller stable during the spring carnival and disappointed at his only start when finishing last, beaten only five and a half lengths, in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes behind Awesome Rock. However, the former import is likely to be a big improver in his second preparation and ran a real eye-catcher in a recent trial, working past Winx in the concluding stages to finish runner-up behind Music Magnate.
3yo Colt by ARTIE SCHILLER (USA) from FLYING RUBY
Just who is the pick of the three-year-old sprinters? The Mick Price-trained Flying Artie stormed all over the top of them to take out the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on the back of a limited preparation and we are backing him to go on with the job, ahead of the likes of Astern, Star Turn and stablemate, Extreme Choice. He raced well at his only start in Sydney, a 3rd in the Golden Slipper (1200m) and with big plans in store for the son of Artie Schiller, including a possible trek to Royal Ascot, expect him to be a major player in the autumn.
5yo Gelding by RESET from YOUTHFUL PRESENCE
Hauraki comes off a stellar spring that saw him capture the Epsom (1600m) in breathtaking fashion as well as a runner up performance in the Emirates Stakes (2000m). One of the most improved performers in the country, his only flop came in the Cox Plate (2040m), where he didn't really handle the going at the Valley. He is likely to pick up a couple of big races again this time around, provided he avoids the grand mare.
6yo Gelding by LAWMAN (FR) from TRUE CRYSTAL (IRE)
The NSW Stayer of the Year (2016) was super impressive at the Sydney autumn in 2016, working through the grades to win three on the trot before just missing out in the Sydney Cup (3200m). That came in just his second preparation for trainer Chris Waller, who acquired the former import late in 2015. The five-year-old has been given plenty of time off in readiness for a tilt at a similar campaign this year and will add to his impressive career record of eight wins from 19 starts.
2yo Filly by PLUCK (USA) from LA BELLA LUISA
A number of two-year-old gallopers announced themselves with wins in the latter parts of 2016 but one that missed out and may have snuck under the radar is Anthony Cummings' filly, Lucky Louis. An unlucky performer from Melbourne Cup day, the daughter of Pluck finished 2nd in the Ottawa Stakes (1000m) after missing the kick in that race only to charge home between runners, finishing ahead of the well performed Madeenaty in the process.
NURSE KITCHEN (NZ)
3yo Filly by SAVABEEL from FLYING MONTY (NZ)
Nurse Kitchen was an upset winner on Cox Plate day, taking out the Fillies Classic (1600m) and looks to have a big future in front of her. The three-year-old took out the Group 2 at just her third career start, defeating subsequent Myer Classic (1600m) winner, I Am A Star in the process. That's a decent formline for the daughter of Savabeel and we can expect to see plenty more from her.
PURE PRIDE (NZ)
4yo Mare by SHOCKING from MAMASAN (NZ)
Pure Pride rose from a Benchmark 64 at Cranbourne in the spring to contest the Group 1 Myer Classic against the mares and rocketed home in the Group 1 to grab 5th behind I Am A Star. She was eased off heels at the 300m mark and came from last position to finish just a length away from the winner. Her trainer, Murray Johnson, believes she is a candidate for the Queen Of The Turf (1600m) at Randwick later on and she is definitely one to keep an eye on.
2yo Filly by PIERRO from MUSIDORA
David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
The Lindsay Park team of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have a number of promising two-year-olds at their disposal and the best of the lot may be Tulip. The daughter of Pierro could not have been any more impressive on debut, winning over 1000m at Moonee Valley and will target the Blue Diamond Series at Caulfield, which begins with the Prelude's later on this month.
and lets not forget....
5yo Mare by STREET CRY (IRE) from VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ)
Mr Chris Waller
Australia's best horse looks set to line up in four races this autumn, beginning with a tilt at the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 11 with the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) her likely Grand Final. In between, trainer Chris Waller has picked out the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) as targets. If she wins all of these, her streak will grow to 17 on the trot, including 14 at Group 1 level. Expect her to go from champion to legend in this time period.