Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith is hoping for a change of luck with talented mare Joy And Mirth at Newcastle on Saturday.
The four-year-old will contest the 1300-metre benchmark 64 handicap and she will have weight relief with two-kilogram apprentice Tom Sherry aboard.
Joy And Mirth has had three runs this preparation and all have been full of merit, albeit she is yet to win.
Her first-up effort was on a heavy track at Wyong on March 28. She was last in a field of 14 at the top of the straight before a powerful finish carried her to within 1.5 lengths of the winner.
Second-up at Newcastle on May 2, Joy And Mirth was again at the tail of a big field before storming home to go down by a head. It was the same story last start at Warwick Farm on May 13 when she made up an enormous amount of ground.
Smith hoped Joy And Mirth could race closer from the three barrier on Saturday.
"Newcastle is the ideal track for her with the long straight, and up to 1300 metres and the good barrier, she should be more prominent in the run," Smith said. "All three runs this preparation have been outstanding. Joy And Mirth can handle wet or dry tracks.
"Last prep she won two consecutive races at Canberra by 4.8 and 2.6 lengths. She has the talent but is fragile.
"We bought her at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale and she has had surgery and other issues. I can't have the mare any fitter and this is a lovely race for her."
Kris Lees-trained promising colt Meadow Land resumes on the back of two impressive barrier trials.
The Queensland owned two-year-old runs in the 900m two-year-old maiden plate. He was well backed in his only start at Gosford in February when runner-up to the smart Harmonium. Meadow Land has drawn wide but he has speed. The colt has not been let off the bridle in both recent trials.
The Snowden training partnership are hoping a gelding operation will see their regally bred three-year-old Garrison break through for his first win in the opening event, a 1200m maiden handicap. A son of champion sire I Am Invincible, the gelding is owned by his breeder John Camilleri, who bred the great Winx.
Garrison debuted in March last year with a close second behind Cardiff at Warwick Farm. He was then spelled before unplaced in three starts in his recent prep.
Since the gelding operation, Garrison won a Randwick trial by five and a half lengths. Andrew Gibbons has the mount on Garrison and Newcastle's premier jockey has seven rides as he goes into the meeting with 96 winners for the season.