It has been a long time between celebratory drinks for Lindsay Park in the Australian Guineas.

The stable, now run by Ben, Will and JD Hayes, has not tasted success in the Group 1 since Miss Finland took out the race for the brothers' father David in 2006.

Their grandfather Colin won the race three times with Military Plume (1987), King's High (1989) and Zabeel (1990).

Lindsay Park will be represented by Apulia at Flemington on Saturday and at $34 is not expected to be a contender.

But Apulia is no slouch and as a two-year-old ran second to Veight in the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m), while last spring he was nosed out by Guineas favourite Riff Rocket in the Victoria Derby (2500m).

JD Hayes said the stable was looking longer term with Apulia, with the team hopeful of starting the colt in the Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick in April.

The barrier draw on Saturday was unkind, gate 15, which Hayes said would force their hand.

"He's got a lot of improvement to come after this first-up run at the mile," Hayes said.

"He'll most likely get back and hit the line and as long as he does that, we'll be happy, as he's got bigger fish to fry."

Apulia had a delayed start to his autumn campaign, but following a third Flemington jump-out his preparation is now back on track.

"We almost had him ready to go in the CS Hayes (two weeks ago), but we decided that another jump-out would be better for him," Hayes said.

"He didn't recover from his trial before that race as well as we would have liked.

"He did have a big spring when he was on the back-up, back-up, back-up, so we had a think about it all and decided to put a bit of an extra base on him at the trials which we felt was the best thing for the horse."

Hayes said Saturday's return would determine the path Apulia takes towards Sydney.

"Hopefully we're on our way to the Derby in Sydney, but we'll get through Saturday and make some plans," Hayes said.

"It will be run by run as it was a pretty big spring, so he can tell us."