Trailblazing figures prominently around the Golden Rose, where Jim Cassidy gets a chance to break new ground in another innovation of the now-defunct Sydney Turf Club.
Cassidy rides Zoustar for Chris Waller from the extreme outside gate - 17 - in Saturday's $1 million 1400-metre dash at Rosehill Gardens. Old-timers once figured the only influence a wide barrier had on a good thing was make it a better price. Alas, that was the era when jockeys had a certain flexibility in crossing to the fence. Usually the 1400m starts favour those launching close to the rails.
But the Golden Rose, which replaced the Peter Pan Stakes, has added spice to the Sydney spring.
Some hold their hand up as being responsible for the innovation, but colleague John Holloway, a former STC director, reckons Evan Sperling was the motivator. ''No, it was Bill Picken [an STC chairman],'' Sperling said. ''He should get the credit. Bill really came up with the idea and we built on it.''
The STC led the way with forward thinking, dating to 1945-46 when it introduced barrier stalls and the photo-finish to Sydney.
Certainly the Golden Slipper was the jewel in its crown.
Being evaporated into the Australian Turf Club makes me wonder whether big ideals in Sydney racing are now history.
There just doesn't seem to be the same class of director or committeeman, with the same passion, that formerly injected concepts.
Perhaps Racing NSW will come to the fore. Of course the sniff of some sort of ''Breeders' Cup'' carnival, featuring internationals, is in the air for the Sydney autumn.
The lid is being kept on it tighter than the Coalition's budget plans.
However, the STC staged an international race in 1988, then known as the Tancred Stakes, now The BMW. Three horses arrived, Le Glorieux, Highland Chieftain and Vaguely Pleasant, but they were little more than cannon fodder for the three-year-old Beau Zam, trained by Bart Cummings.
STC chairman Jim Fleming was hot to trot again but the board didn't share his enthusiasm.
''The race was too costly for the STC given the club was paying the expenses for the internationals,'' Gary Lester wrote in The Essential Club - A History of the Sydney Turf Club. ''The reluctance of the majority of the board to continue the race in 1990 would eventually lead to the disposing of Fleming as chairman in a stormy boardroom battle.
''Hindsight, too, is a wonderful acquisition and as much as the internationalising of racing in Australia was a worthwhile prospect, the seasonal difference between northern and southern hemispheres, the tyranny of distance and the lengthy time in quarantine, became overwhelming hurdles … ''
Word is out that Canterbury is being closed to accommodate the new scheme as a quarantine training area, but at what cost to the local industry?
Still the Golden Rose, with 17 acceptors, will be a boon and one of the most competitive since the first running in 2003.
''I think [the Melbourne youngster] Prince Harada is one of the more exciting three-year-olds I've seen this season outside the two of mine,'' rival trainer Anthony Cummings said. Cummings won the Golden Rose with Duporth in 2008 and has Cluster and Drago engaged on Saturday.
''I suppose, over the last few years, we've seen the Victorians come to Sydney and be found wanting in the most part,'' he added.
Toorak Toff, though, from Melbourne, was successful in 2010. A query exists over the form of the recent Run To The Rose, the traditional lead-up to Saturday's group 1 extravaganza.
Many top contenders were beaten over the 1200m on a track where the rail was out six metres and most analysts gave it an ''on-pace, rail favoured'' rating.
Va Pensiero, which isn't starting in the Golden Rose, led throughout but there was a spate of hard-luck stories behind him.
Certainly runner-up Dissident, beaten only a long head and a strong fancy on Saturday, was unlucky and so, too, was Zoustar, less than two lengths behind the winner in fourth place.
Stewards reported Zoustar ''bounded in the air and was hampered'' at the start and was later checked. Thus Zoustar was wide throughout. Also, to my eye, the colt needed the run, so there is plenty to like about him, apart from the launching pad.
The only two winners to draw wide in the Golden Rose were Forensics (2008), 12 out of 12 and In Top Swing (2003) 12 out of 15.
With a mad dash to the first turn anticipated, traffic jams could eventuate inside and Cassidy could get cover. A good thing? Yes.
Incidentally, Zoustar is part-owned by John Holloway jnr, son of the former STC director.