Jarrod Austin's first and only trip to Grafton's carnival produced just a single runner, the name of which he cannot even remember after it ran third in a maiden support race "20-odd years ago".
His second coming as a trainer means he now calls Warwick Farm home rather than Kempsey and those maiden support races have been passed over for stakes targets such as the listed Ramornie Handicap.
And on the eve of his first visit to Grafton in more than two decades, Austin was reminded he no longer calls the north coast home after Territory drew the visitor's gate in 13 for the $150,000 feature on Wednesday.
"You never want to draw out there," said Austin, chasing just his second stakes win as a trainer. "We'll definitely get back, but it's forced our hand now and we've got to go right back which we didn't really want to originally. It's not ideal, but with his pattern of racing it's not the end of the world."
If there is a plus for Territory, it surely has to be the red-hot form of jockey Tye Angland, who will rush back from riding the last two meetings of the Hong Kong season to partner Territory.
Angland finished just a victory shy of 50 winners for the season in the Asian racing mecca after cutting short his four-year Hong Kong stint in May.
He rode Territory when the rising seven-year-old finished mid-field behind Oakfield Commands at Randwick, his second run of the campaign.
"We got Tye to ride him beforehand and he trialled him at Rosehill when he came back for this preparation and he was quite impressed with him," Austin said. "He would have stayed on him the whole way through, but he had commitments during the Brisbane carnival otherwise he would have been more than keen to stay on him.
"I thought both runs have been quite good. He hasn't had the races run to suit and he's been in awkward spots in both of them, but I thought both runs have been full of merit."
Austin's only stakes success came when Spinnawitch took out the Winter Challenge almost two years ago.