Chris Waller, Hugh Bowman and Winx. It is a combination that is becoming as familiar to Australian sports fans as Newcombe and Roche, Lillee and Marsh or Lewis and Langer.
Spring Racing Carnival 2012
Even before Menari got to Gerald Ryan's yard, he had big raps on him. So much so that he didn't even make it to the sales yard.
In the late 1960s racing power brokers and influential breeders decided that Victoria needed a high profile and strong two-year-old race to combat the increasing notoriety of the Golden Slipper Stakes which was gathering nearly as much momentum as the Melbourne Cup..
Bjorn Baker believes Songlike might have more of a chance of winning Saturday's Sweet Embrace Stakes than she would have had in a lesser race at Rosehill on Wednesday.
La Bella Diosa's efforts on the racetrack demanded she come to Australia for her autumn but the reasons she is here for Saturday's Surround Stakes has as much to do with things off the track back in New Zealand.
Tim Martin masterminded a huge betting plunge with Limbo Soul in her Rosehill debut on Wednesday and he has now turned his attention to the Golden Slipper.
The Canterbury quarantine centre will turn Godolphin blue for The Championships as Charlie Appleby will be the only international raider this year.
Victoria's racing eyes may be firmly set on Caulfield for a huge afternoon of Group 1 action on Blue Diamond Day this Saturday, but trainers, owners and breeders will cast their gaze north to Oaklands Junction 24 hours later when sales house Inglis hopes to auction the first ever $1 million yearling sold in Melbourne.
It wasn't the best weekend for top Sydney-based jockey Hugh Bowman, the man known Australia-wide as the regular partner of racing's glamour girl, Winx.
She Will Reign is exciting but is still yet to match the figures of Magic Millions winner Houtzen according to times expert Vince Accardi, even after her stunning win in the Silver Slipper on Saturday.
Trainer David Aiken believes Lennytheshark has become his best chance in Saturday's Miracle Mile at Menangle after drawing gate six.
Premiership-leading jockey Brenton Avdulla admits Hartnell will become the best horse he has ridden in the Saturday's Chipping Norton Stakes – but he knows there is definitely one better in the group 1.
Battered, bruised, but not bloody and certainly not bowed.
While most in racing knew that David Hayes would have at least a third of the field for Saturday's $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, what they didn't know was if the trainer had chosen to start all of his qualified two-year-olds, the number would have swollen to a near monopoly for the stable.
The Lightning Ridge Plate will headline Canberra racing on Sunday with a potential $80,000 up for grabs.