Ballarat Cup winner Kiwia kicks off his spring campaign in the listed $140,000 The Sofitel, 1400m, at Flemington on Saturday.
This will be six-year-old's second outing for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander and first since an unraced one-off run at Moonee Valley in February.
Kiwia took out last year's listed Ballarat Cup - giving the now banned Darren Weir his second win in the feature race.
He will carry the top weight of 58.5kg and be ridden by Damian Lane.
The son of Reset burst onto the scene two springs ago when he won the Gold Nugget in Ballarat and Coongy Cup at Caulfield.
GROUP 3-winning mare Etah James launches a new preparation for Ballarat trainer Matt Cumani in the $125,000 Vale Russell Cameron, 1700m.
The New Zealand-bred Etah James is much travelled.
She won the Lord Reims Stakes in Adelaide in the autumn of last year and then raced in Melbourne and Sydney in the spring.
The seven-year-old mare campaigned in NZ in autumn and early winter this year.
Her latest run was an unplaced finish in Brisbane in June.
BALLARAT part-owned Mr Quickie has his first run since winning the group 1 Queensland Derby in June when he steps out at Flemington.
Raced by Ballarat-based syndicator Wylie Dalziel-Roy Higgins Racing, Mr Quicke is engaged group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes, 1600m.
He has not raced since the derby, but has had two official trials at Cranbourne.
Ballarat jockey John Allen retains the ride.
Ciaron Maher and David Eustance will also saddle up Humidor, which has drawn wide for the second run of his spring.