Venturing to 2500 metres for the first time is a trip into the unknown for Victoria Derby runners, and helps explain the mixed set of results over the years.
David Hayes can see Saturday's Myer Classic working out perfectly for Star Fashion, so she can continue the family tradition and become a group 1 winner.
Becoming a father has coincided with the best form of Matt Hodgson's career and the new Wallabies captain will likely cut his spring tour short if his wife goes into labour this month.
Alex Leapai's future in the heavyweight ranks now hangs by a thread after he was outclassed by American Malik Scott in Logan on Friday night.
Sorry, Phar Lap. You're stuffed in Melbourne, and you wouldn't be a safe bet for this year's Cup.
Racing Results for Friday, October 31
Every Derby day has its million-dollar question as a field of lightly raced three-year-olds sets off more in hope than expectation.
Michael Cheika is a coach with a ferocious reputation, but the new Wallabies mentor is on a mission is to bring "normality and enjoyment" and restore pride in Australian rugby.
Fancy a share in a soon-to-be champion horse? Here, have James Packer's. He's not that fussed.
So many of us love the spring horse racing season: simply for the fact that the main players are silent.