HORSHAM-OWNED May's Dream will take on arguably the best filly in Australia in Wednesday's Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Team Darley's star three-year-old Guelph - a three-time winner at Group 1 level - will start as an odds-on favourite for the $500,000 race.
The daughter of Exceed and Excel will look to make it four Group 1s in 11 days for trainer Peter Snowden and the team after Complacent's win in the Spring Champion Stakes and Long John's in the Caulfield Guineas.
Guelph was priced at the fixed odds of $1.40 on Tuesday, with May's Dream the only other contender under $10 at $8.
Despite expert opinion, Horsham racehorse owner and breeder Worrall Dunn is not bothered by the competition.
"Our trainer doesn't believe we can win, but I'm an owner and owners think anything is possible," he said.
"Darren Weir thinks Guelph is an exceptional filly, but he also said he couldn't have May's Dream any fitter. He is very happy with her."
May's Dream will be ridden by Nick Hall, who accompanied her in her last-start victory in the Procal Dairies Handicap at Caulfield on September 29.
The daughter of New Approach and She's Archie has drawn barrier three for Thursday's 1600-metre trip.
Guelph - to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy - will jump from barrier five, with Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Gregers to start from barrier two.
Dunn, who owns May's Dream along with family members and a syndicate from Horsham's White Hart Hotel, said he was looking forward to the race.
"There's about 20 of us going down to watch, so if we do win it's going to be a big celebration," he said.
"It's probably going to be big whatever happens."
Dunn is also looking to run May's Dream in the Oaks on November 7.
He has been waiting a long time for another Group 1 contender.
May's Dream's dam She's Archie was runner-up to Makybe Diva in the 2003 Melbourne Cup but broke down in the 2004 feature event.
On breeding, May's Dream might be better suited for the 2500-metre Oaks, as She's Archie was effective at 2000 metres-plus.
Her boom sire New Approach - ironically owned by Darley - is taking all before him in the UK, particularly over classic distances, and his stock is starting to make its mark here.
Dunn is looking forward to what the future might bring.
"We're very lucky to even have a runner," he said.
"To have two in the one family is just wonderful.
"It's very exciting for our whole family. All we can do now is hope."