To counter an aversion to wet tracks, Sydney trainer Joe Pride has quality sprinter Private Eye up and going earlier than usual for the autumn.

The Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday mark Private Eye's first-up outing after a successful spring campaign that saw him run third in The Everest at Randwick.

Pride said wet tracks had thwarted Private Eye's previous autumn campaigns and he is happy to take up the challenge of tackling Imperatriz and company on Saturday.

"Autumn hasn't been his best time of year for a few different reasons," Pride told RSN.

"He's hit a lot of wet tracks in his last couple of autumn preparations and they haven't helped him at all as he's clearly not very good on heavy tracks.

"I thought to avoid that, I would get him up early and have him ready to go in the Lightning knowing Flemington is rarely, touch wood, wet and if it does get wet it doesn't get too heavy very often.

"I thought it was a nice assignment for him knowing how well he can sprint fresh."

Private Eye has raced twice on the Flemington straight for a win and a fourth-placed finish in last year's Newmarket Handicap, after which he was diagnosed with a minor knee ailment.

Both those races were at 1200m, but Pride has deliberately adapted Private Eye's training to have him fresh for a Lightning assault.

"He had one particularly quiet trial and in his last one we asked him to do a bit more, but not a lot," Pride said.

"He's had both trials without his blinkers and gets his race day blinkers back on for Saturday.

"I think he will be in the finish, but it will be interesting against the mare.

"She's a great sprinter and the race might be decided by tempo and luck in running."

Pride hopes there will be nice tempo to allow both Private Eye and Imperatriz their best chances.

After Saturday, Pride will again be guided by the weather.

He said Private Eye could return for the Newmarket Handicap next month, or races like the Challenge Stakes and Canterbury Stakes in Sydney are possibilities, or freshen for the TJ Smith Stakes.