In a game in which hopes and dreams can sometimes become confused, the in-form filly Lady Lakshmi is a shaping as a player who can provide both.
And co-trainers David Brideoake and David Feek are counting on Lady Lakshmi's undoubted talent to overcome all obstacles in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Lady Lakshmi comes to Flemington as the winner of each of her three starts this time in and with a Classic as her mission next spring.
"In this game hopes and dreams can be different things, but we're hoping she'll measure up as Group One filly in the spring ... an Oaks filly," said Feek.
"If she's a genuine prospect in a race like that, we have to believe she's capable of running well at Flemington."
After a two-start spring campaign in which she showed promise without winning, Lady Lakshmi resumed with a heavy track win at Sandown in May and followed up with a couple of outstanding efforts over 1400m at Flemington at her next two.
"She was quite immature in her first preparation but she had a nice rest and she's now showing the ability we'd seen in her," Feek said.
Lady Lakshmi faces the formidable task of giving weight to her male opponents and a step up to 1600m on Saturday.
But Feek believes she has made sufficient improvement since her last run to handle it.
"She's come on a little from her last run, all the signs are positive," he said.
Lady Lakshmi is the ruling favourite for a race in which her nearest rivals in the betting are both maidens.
Of those, Mysonharry who came from a long way back to finish sixth to Lady Lakshmi at his last start, shapes as the hardest to beat.