Les Bridge will always have a special little place at this time of year.
Almost 26 years after preparing Kensei to win the Melbourne Cup, the affable horseman only has a small team in operation at Randwick these days.
With the larger two-state trainers muscling in on coveted boxes at Sydney's metropolitan tracks, Bridge keeps ploughing on with his runners largely frequenting the provincial circuit.
And today he will hold a strong hand at Kembla Grange with a quartet of runners, each with winning claims.
The veteran trainer will saddle up debutant Zillionaire (race two) and the well-performed Al's Pride (five), as well as the resuming Queen Of Sheba (three) and Bilyana (five).
Bridge has given Al's Pride a short freshen-up before the Benchmark 68 Handicap (1400m) after the Lion Heart gelding compounded late to finish well down the track behind Ecuador in a Canterbury mid-weeker last month.
Ecuador subsequently created a huge impression in town and was a close-up sixth behind Boban in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last Saturday.
"He was disappointing last start," Bridge conceded of Al's Pride. "His run before that was terrific at Warwick Farm and he just went no good that day.
"I've just freshened him up and he did have a long break with seven or eight months off. He might have just hit a flat spot [last start].
"If he's anywhere near his form with 53 [kilograms] he'll be hard to beat and I think he's really well weighted in that race."
Bridge's Japanese-born apprentice Sachio Shimizu will launch Al's Pride from barrier one.
Stablemate Bilyana also has form around Ecuador, beating that horse in a Gosford maiden last preparation.
Bridge lamented the fact he took the now four-year-old mare to town for one more start after that, but has been impressed with what he's seen in two trials since.
"It was the first hard preparation she had and I probably gave her one run too many," he said. "She trialled well the other day. At the 1200 [metres] you'll have to take her on trust, but I think she'll run well.
"She's probably a miler, but fresh she can probably win at 1200m too."
Zillionaire shapes as Bridge's most intriguing runner with the Tale Of The Cat filly to step out for the first time in the Maiden Handicap (1000m).
Bridge delved deep into his pockets to secure her as a yearling, but warned she will probably need further ground to really be at her peak.
"I bought her at the sales a couple of years ago and paid more than $100,000 for her," he said.
The consistent Queen Of Sheba will have the services of Mitchell Bell in the Maiden Plate (1300m) as she looks to break her duck at her eighth start.