The Festival of Racing sees equine athletes as well as our highly talented jockeys and trainers return to Group 1 racing this season. We've complied a list of established and emerging stars on and off the track for you to keep an eye out for during the Festival of Racing.
With more than 40 Group 1 successes worldwide under his belt, including three Melbourne Cup winners, Kerrin McEvoy is a safe bet for trainers.
Having won three of the four majors in Australian racing and significant success overseas, Craig Williams is consistently riding winners.
A eight-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner, 'Ollie' is arguably Australia's best-known rider having won the Grand Slam of Australian racing.
South Australia’s leading jockey for several seasons has moved to Melbourne in a bid to test herself against the best.
The four-year-old returned in devastating fashion when taking out last December’s Christmas Classic at Randwick under Hugh Bowman.
She created an enormous impression on her race debut at The Valley when flashing home from last place to win under jockey Beau Mertens.
The most exciting filly Tasmania has produced for some time, Mystic Journey has already tasted a fair degree of success.
Not all precocious juveniles train on, but Sunlight appears ready to buck that trend and is set to play a big part in the Festival of Racing.
A family trio, David Hayes' status in racing is legendary, however in recent years has partnered with nephew Tom Dabernig and recently son Ben.
When it comes to training horses, it is arguable that there would be a more recognised surname in Australia than Cummings.
Since notching his first win as trainer in 1991, Mick Price has had many Group 1 successes, claiming the Blue Diamond Stakes twice.
Known for his great success with wonder mare Winx, Chris Waller has enjoyed countless wins in Melbourne from his Flemington stable.