Ballarat Cup runner-up Affair To Remember makes her return to the races at Flemington on Saturday.
Ballarat trainer Dan O'Sullivan saddles up her in the group 3 $160,000 Furphy Ale Frances Tressady Stakes, 1400m.
Affair To Remember has not races since finishing the closest of seconds to Irish Flame in the Ballarat Cup on November 21.
After thirds in the VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield and gropup 1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide as a three-year-old in autumn last year, the daughter of Toronado stepped up in the spring with a win in the group 3 Matriarch Stakes in the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington before contesting the Ballarat Cup.
Affair To Remember has done well first up in the past, winning her maiden fresh and then launching her autumn campaign last year with a third. Each of those runs were over 1300m.
O'Sullivan is more than happy to be taking her to Flemington, where the four-year-old has an excellent record of two wins and a third in four visits.
In addition to Matriarch, she won at the track early in the spring.
O'Sullivan is pleased with the progress of Affair To Remember, which had a trial at Avoca earlier this month as part of her preparation for a return to racing.
He says she has returned more mature, and bigger and stronger.
Michael Poy, who rode Affair To Remember in the Matriarch, has the ride.
Another Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander has his talented four-year-old mare Chaillot engaged in the same race on Saturday.
Chaillot is first-up being unplaced in the Matriarch Stakes.
She has only raced six times for three wins - two in April, 2019, at her first two race starts and a third victory at her next outing in September last year.
He spring campaign featured a third in the listed Ladies' Day Vase, 1600m, at Caulfield and fourth in the group 1 Empire Rose, 1600m, at Flemington.
BALLARAT Turf Club has an eight-race program on Sunday - its second race meeting in a week.
Hometown trainer Nigel Blackiston has a runner first-up from New Zealand.
Solistas, which previously raced under the name of Soloist, has had two starts with a last-start second at Taupo in December.
The three-year-old gelding is engaged in the Sam Miranda Maiden, 1200m, with champion jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle..
Matt Cumani also has a first-starter he would undoubtedly would like to see begin its career strongly.
Tullaroan runs in the Eureka Concrete Maiden, 1400m.
He is a three-year-old colt by German-bred stallion Lucas Branach, which was trained by Cumani's England-based father Luca Cumani.