ANDREW BALDING has booked Craig Williams to help Side Glance defend his title in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday as Jamie Spencer continues on his global tour.
The well-travelled gelding, who has competed exclusively in Group Ones for more than two years now, enjoyed his only victory at that level to date when given a fine ride from the front 12 months ago.
Spencer has helped Side Glance to some excellent placed efforts of late, with a third in the Arlington Million and the Caulfield Stakes supplemented by a narrow fourth behind Adelaide in last weekend's Cox Plate.
The Tipperary man is required at Santa Anita for this weekend's Breeders' Cup but could return to Australia next Thursday to ride Sheikh Fahad's filly, Crafty, in the VRC Oaks.
"He's really good," Balding said of Side Glance. "We're going to run again on Saturday and Craig Williams is going to ride.
"If we waited until the Emirates Stakes next weekend, or the Sandown Classic, it starts to get close for Hong Kong."
Spencer said: "He is a better horse than he was when he won the Mackinnon last year.
"He fought on well the other day and I think getting back to Flemington will really suit him."
GRADE One-winning chaser Annacotty is set to make his seasonal reappearance at Kempton on Monday ahead of a possible Hennessy Gold Cup bid.
The six-year-old ran away with the Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton at Christmas and trainer Martin Keighley hopes his inmate can earn a trip to Newbury on November 29 with a prominent showing on his comeback.
"He's going to run in the graduation chase at Kempton on Monday and we're looking forward to running him," said Keighley.
"He seems in great form and we've given him an entry for the Hennessy today. We'll see how he goes on Monday."