Michelle Payne will undertake her dual role of trainer-jockey in the return to racing of former English-trained Italian stayer Kaspersky in Sydney on Saturday.
Kaspsersky is having his first start in two years in the group 3 $500,000 Camera House Sydney Stakes, 1200m, at Randwick.
Payne rode the 9yo in England in 2017 - finishing fifth in the group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot - and again in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield in October of that year when prepared by Jane Chapple Hyam.
The aim was to go to the Cox Plate.
Injury unfortunately intrervened and Kaspersky, now in Payne's Ballarat stable, has not raced since.
"It has been two years of consistently icing him and rubbing his legs, on the treadmill and water walking, taking him to the beach," Payne said.
"And he is the most magnificent horse to work with.
"He's a big black stallion, he is intelligent, it has just been a pleasure."
Payne does not expect him to win, but hopes he is working into the race late and shows enough to keep alive plans to run him in next year's Doncaster Mile.
"He's nine-years-old, but he is really lightly raced and I feel like the mile at Randwick will really suit him," Payne said.
"We will see how he goes Saturday but there is a long-range plan there."
For Payne, it is a trumphant return to Sydney for Payne as a trainer-jockey.
She was prohibited from riding in Sydney in the spring of 2016, when Racing NSW policy did not allow jockeys who also had a trainer's licence to ride.
She met with Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys and chief steward Mark Van Gestel to agitate for permission to train and ride her horses in NSW, eventually getting her wish.
Kaspersky will be her first NSW runner as a dual licence holder
Payne is also booked to ride Legendofoz, which is an emergency in the $100,000 TAB Highway Handicap, 1100m.
If the Cessnock-based Jeremy Sylvester-trained Legendofoz gets a start, it will be the first time Payne has ridden for someone outside her family since July last year when she took a mount for Luke Oliver.
.All her race rides since have been for her father Paddy, brothers Patrick and Andrew, and herself.
Michelle Payne trains and rides Kaspersky in Saturday’s Group 3 @camerahouse Sydney Stakes at Royal Randwick.— Australian Turf Club (@atc_races) October 16, 2019
Payne last rode the nine-year-old stallion at Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom in 2017.#throughmylens#camerahouse#EverestCarnival@mj_paynepic.twitter.com/KDPmJWgaMC