“Edison is a very good horse, he keeps raising the bar, he’s really turned into a winner,” Baker said.
“He’s always shown promise, but as a gelding he’s come back a much better horse. There’s a race on the Kenso over 1550m. We could drop him back, but he’s a lovely horse and laid back.
“Redouble and Irithea will have a trial before [travelling]. Fun Fact will run in the stayers race and Lady Of Luxury in the maiden.
“We have live chances in a million-dollar race, so we have to be thrilled.”
Jockey Tom Sherry and trainers Mark Newnham and Chris Waller got into the festive spirit with a couple of winners each.
Sherry overcame a wide gate to get the cash on Wagga galloper Another One and Gone Bye for Newnham, who cheered home Big Parade later in the day.
Newnham said of the Irishman Sherry: “Apart from being a very good jockey, Tom is a very good young man. He’s similar to Robbie Dolan. They’re good hard-working fellas who want to succeed and appreciate the opportunity they have here.”
Gone Bye took his career record to five wins and as many placings from 14 career starts.
Newnham was weighing up one more run before returning in the winter, where the likelihood for wet tracks would be no issue.
“He’s been a really tough consistent horse; he’s a really good owners’ horse because he turns up and gives his absolute best. He doesn’t win all the time, but he picks up a cheque,” Newnham said.
“Those sort of horses are what get owners involved. You need your headline horses, but horses like him who dig in and get in for the contest.”
Newnham punched around Big Parade at trackwork on Tuesday and was always quietly confident after his ”winning work”.
Waller’s New Arrangement and Saigon triumphed, but one horse the stable did like, Coastwatch, was eased out of the opener and later found to have suffered from heart arrhythmia.
Greg Hickman built on his midweek success with Eleven Eleven when Our Bellagio Miss beat Sally’s Day in a ding-dong finish.
Hickman quipped the pre-race omen was the No. 11 saddlecloth Our Bellagio Miss carried.
Favourite Sally’s Day loomed up on the inside, but jockey Rachel King got the four-year-old mare to lift.
“She [Sally’s Day] was the one to beat, [jockey] Keagan Latham actually rode her in trackwork and said she goes good and ‘that’s the one to beat’,” Hickman said.
“But Rachel has done a good job. She’s riding as good as anyone at the moment.
“There is no real game plan with this horse. It would be nice to knock off the fillies and mares race [the Dark Jewel] at Scone … it would be nice to get some black type about her if we could. We could even get to Brisbane.”
Hickman said Magic Millions-bound runner Eleven Eleven was likely to have a crack at the Christmas Classic on New Year’s Day before heading north.
Bookmakers were stung at the start the day at Randwick when even-money favourite Paulele led all the way to make it two wins from as many starts.
Godolphin had only prepared the one two-year-old Sydney city winner – Sliders – but Paulele never looked in doubt and even looked stronger approaching the line.
“As [trainer] James [Cummings] said on the way here, ‘it’s hard for them to go 1000m at Moonee Valley and then go to 1200m at Randwick because it’s a long last furlong,” winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy said.
“He got into a nice rhythm at the 700m and then he was able to kick well for home. He’s only lightly raced. He was a bit spicy beforehand, but he’ll learn what it is about.”
Meanwhile, the only thing uglier than India’s second innings at Adelaide Oval was jockey Koby Jennings’ left arm after a fall at Canberra on Friday.
Jennings, who posted a photo of his injury, will be out of action for a month.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.