It's not often Theresa Bateup arrives at a Saturday city meeting with three genuine contenders.
But that's what she will do on The Gong day, with Divine Breath, Monegal and The Guru all to hit the track.
It's a sign of her improving stable and the Kembla Grange trainer is eyeing at least one win between the three runners.
"We've always had the odd one that sticks their hand up and can go to town regularly," Bateup said. "But now I'm able to look at races in town and know I have three genuine chances.
"Hopefully in the years to come I'll have a few more horses like that."
Divine Breath remains the pick, the promising mare returning to the track after last Saturday's Kembla meeting was washed out.
The four-year-old will contest a 1400-metres Midway and is currently a $7 chance.
Bateup has the horse in top form, however her spirits were dampened when she drew barrier 18.
"She's flying, I'm really happy with her. She's done super since the Four Pillars, her work's been good and she looks fantastic.
"The only spanner in the works is barrier 18, but that's why we have Brock (Ryan) on board. He's going to produce one of those 11 out of 10 rides of his for us."
Ryan has ridden some of the top horses based at Kembla Grange and he considers Divine Breath among that group.
The apprentice was on board for her third-place finish in the Four Pillars and he's eager to secure the mare's first win since last November.
"She's probably one of Theresa's best horses," Ryan said. "She's only tiny, like a pony-sized horse, but she's got a great turn of foot.
"She's a horse that tries very hard, that will take her a long way. I'll be surprised if she doesn't win Saturday-grade races in town."
Ryan and Bateup will combine for all three of the trainer's runners on Saturday and it's a crop of horses the jockey knows well.
The apprentice rode The Guru to victory in his last start, a 2000m BenchMark 72 at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day.
Saturday's race looms as a new challenge, with Kerry Parker's Tampering well placed in the market and Chris Waller's Shibli, Solar Apex and Suppression expected to run well.
"This is a step up in grade," Bateup said. "We could've waited and gone to the Midway next week, but he does race well at Kembla Grange.
"He's a funny horse, The Guru, sometimes we step him up into better grade and races well, then drop him back a grade and is disappointing."
Ryan will round out his afternoon when he jumps on board Monegal in the last race of the day and both trainer and jockey are hoping history repeats itself on Saturday.
The duo combined to lead the mare to a memorable victory in the corresponding race last year and while Monegal has struggled to find her best this preparation, Bateup is confident she will be back in the mix after a six-week freshen up.
"It's a little bit like deja vu, it's the last race on the program again. She had two weeks in the paddock after her last run, she's well and always races well fresh. She needs the race to suit her, she'll get back and then wind up down the straight."