MELBOURNE Cup winning trainer Michael Moroney will give some of his Flemington stable's young spring
hopefuls their first look at the races in Ballarat on Thursday
Breakfast In Bed debuts in the James & Son Maiden Plate, 1100m, and La Zuma, Sauv Blanc Babe and Sunset Magic all have their first starts in the James & Son fillies' and mares' Maiden, 1200m .
Breakfast In Bed, La Zuma, Sauv Blanc Babe and Sunset Magic, which is part-owned by AFL supremo Andrew Demetriou, are nominated for the $500,000 Thousand Guineas, 1600m, at Caulfield on October 17.
Moroney is also giving Bishop's Castle his second race start in the James & Son Maiden Plate, 1100m.
Second on debut in a two-year-old at Bairnsdale in May, Bishop's Castle is nominated for the $1m Caulfield Guineas, 1600m, on October 13 and $3m WS Cox Plate, 2040m, at Moonee Valley on October 26.
Their performances at Dowling Forest are likely to have a big say in what direction they take through the spring.
Ballarat Turf Club has a nine-race program, with the first at 12.10pm.
The meeting features the first of what will be a series of 3000m races to cater for stayers leading up to 3000m and 2500m events at Moonee Valley night meetings.
The James & Son Showcase BM78 Handicap has attracted 12 acceptors, including four with jumping experience.
This quarters includes the Darren Weir-trained Eightways, which returns to the flat after producing a win and three minor placings from four jumps starts.
The staying test has attracted a handy field, including in-form Morphettville winner Magus from the Tony McEvoy stable; Burning Eye, which has won his past two starts; and Love Or Gold for Bill and Symon Wilde.