Wagga trainer Gary Colvin will be right among the thick of the action on Everest Day at Randwick when he puts an unraced two-year-old to the test.
Not only will Colvin have a strong team in at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday, he will be represented by Eastern Wind in the $125,000 Victory Vein 2YO Plate (1000m).
Colvin has never raced a two-year-old so early in the season but could not help himself with Eastern Wind, who has taken all before him this preparation.
Eastern Wind scored an effortless win in a barrier trial at Wagga earlier in the month, beating a number of older and more experienced horses in the process.
The two-year-old son of Fighting Sun ultimately convinced Colvin that he was worth a trip to Sydney for.
"I've raced a couple of two-year-olds but not as early as this," Colvin said.
"He's just shown so much maturity. He's really mature for a two-year-old. He's like an old four-year-old really.
"We don't know what we've got yet so we'll see how he goes. He wasn't extended in his trial, his owner is in Sydney so we've got nothing to lose."
Eastern Wind is owned by Nelson Wu, who has raced a number of horses with Colvin, including Noble Descent.
He purchased the horse for $7000 after the original owner failed to pay for the horse at auction.
Andrew Adkins will take the ride on Eastern Wind, who is drawn barrier three in the 10-horse field.
Colvin is a $31 chance with TAB but Colvin is unsure exactly what to expect.
"We're going to find out," he said.
"He keeps improving with everything you do with him.
"I was really worried about taking a two-year-old to Sydney but he's a horse that is up to it. Nothing fazes him and you know he's the type of horse that will handle it."
Colvin will also have four horses in action at Wagga's seven-race TAB card on Saturday.
Colvin will have a two-pronged attack on the last, The Whitlams @ MTC On Nov 16 Benchmark 58 Handicap (1300m), with The Chaplain and Zardabba set to compete.
Colvin is keen on The Chaplain, who will wear blinkers for the first time.
"He's had a couple of runs back now and should be at his best," he said.
Colvin is also hopeful of strong showings from Weja and Supalux as they attempt to break their maiden status.
"Weja has been crying out for the distance. Out to the mile should really suit him," he said.
"He's still a very immature horse. I'll give him this run and he'll probably go out. I'd like to see him win it and then turn him out.
"We didn't draw very well with Supalux so that's going to make it tough for him."
Promising Southern District apprentice Tyler Schiller will take the ride on Weja and Supalux, where he will utilise his two kilogram claim.
Weja will contest the MTC Colts & Fillies Free Friday Nov 1 Maiden Handicap (1600m), while Supalux is in the Ross Wilson @ MTC On Nov 16 Maiden Plate (1300m).