All-Star Mile hopeful Le Romain will not take on Winx in the group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on Saturday at Randwick despite being among 14 nominations on Monday.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees said his three-time group 1-winner will instead race on February 23 in the group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield as it chases a place in the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16.
The top 10 horses voted for by the public gain a start in the race and Racing Victoria invite four others. Le Romain was 23rd in voting on Monday.
Le Romain resumed with a strong second to Alizee in the group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) on February 2.
Winx, chasing a 30th consecutive win, will resume in the Apollo Stakes in what is expected to be her farewell campaign.
Lees-trained In Her Time and Graff were among 15 nominations for Saturday’s group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington and both are set to start.
In Her Time, a $7 chance, will resume after a close second to Santa Ana Lane last start in the group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington in November. Fellow 2018 Everest runner Graff was early equal favourite with Sunlight at $4.50.
Meanwhile, Lees went to 126 wins for the season with an Andrew Gibbons-ridden double at Tamworth on Monday. The Newcastle hoop went past 1000 career winners with victories on Peyton Place and Sevini.