Dubai redemption will be at the forefront of New Year objectives for The Astrologist, the accomplished sprinter who makes a return to Australian racing at Caulfield.

The Astrologist will provide an international flavour to the Boxing Day meeting when he resumes as topweight in the Christmas Stakes over 1100m at Listed level.

It will be a campaign starting point somewhat removed from the heady moments of a global excursion in 2023 that almost delivered a Group I win in Dubai.

In a bid to join Ortensia (2012) and Buffering (2016) as Australian-trained winners of the Al Quoz Sprint, The Astrologist was beaten a head by Shadwell's Danyah on Dubai World Cup night.

A son of Widden Stud's 2023 world-leading stallion Zoustar, The Astrologist also found his way to England for three runs that included a Group 3 placing at Haydock that earned a Royal Ascot appearance for a creditable fifth in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.

While England is an unlikely 2024 return destination, co-trainer Troy Corstens is all for having his stable star in mint condition for another Dubai visit.

"Ideally, I'd love to get another invite back to Dubai for the Al Quoz as there is an itch there that needs to be scratched," Corstens said.

"If we got that (invite), that would be massive.

"He's been a great horse for the owners. He's pocketed some good prize money and taken them on a world tour."

The Astrologist has 60kg in the Christmas Stakes, a $200,000 race that has attracted several sprinters who have been kept in training after winning during the Victorian spring carnival.

Rose Quartz is the most notable as she returns to the scene of her win in the Group 3 How Now Stakes on November 18.

The Grahame Begg-trained mare has a 5.5kg weight advantage over The Astrologist and is an early favourite to improve on her minor placing behind Jigsaw in last year's race.