"With more than 40 Group 1 successes worldwide under his belt, including two Melbourne Cup winners, Kerrin McEvoy is always a safe bet for trainers."
Burst onto racing's big stage as a fresh-faced apprentice in 2000 when he steered Brew to victory in the Melbourne Cup.
In the 17 years since, Kerrin McEvoy has not only established himself as one of the premier jockeys in Australia, but one of the most talented riders anywhere in the world. He boasts more than 60 Group 1 wins on a glittering CV and his deeds in the past 18 months - he won the 2016 Melbourne Cup aboard the Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin and formed a dynamite association with the inaugural Everest winner Redzel - have led many racing experts to declare that, at 37, he's riding in career-best form.
While he bases himself out of Sydney these days, McEvoy will be in high demand during Melbourne's Festival of Racing, where he is expected to continue his brilliant partnership with Redzel in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).
After relocating from his native Northern Territory to Victoria, Ethan Brown is quickly rising up the apprentice ranks and is a jockey to keep an eye on.
An emerging 2YO who's mother is Black Caviar and is a half-brother to Oscietra. He hasn't yet raced, but a debut looms during the Festival of Racing.
Known for his great success with wonder mare Winx, Chris Waller has enjoyed countless wins in Melbourne from his Flemington stable.