But the Listed 1200m-sprint is a vital part of Problem Solver's preparation for a return to the Gold Coast for Magic Millions day on January 12.
At this year's Magic Millions carnival, Problem Solver won the $250,000 Maiden and is headed to the $1 million Fillies and Mares race over 1300m.
She goes into Saturday's Randwick race off the back of her second career win in the Magic Millions 3 & 4YO Stakes at Wyong on December 12.
Godolphin mare Alizee returns to racing after missing the spring because of a mandatory ban for a bleeding attack.
Alizee and Fell Swoop head the Christmas Classic field with the latter slated to head to Flemington for the Standish Handicap on New Year's Day.
“Alizee is a class above the rest of the field but the other option for Problem Solver was a 1400 metre race,” Ryan said.
“I thought the 1200 metres was better for her leading into the 1300 at the Gold Coast.
“She is a big gross mare and needs to run.”
Alizee was the TAB's $2.25 favourite in opening markets ahead of Fell Swoop at $3.80 and Problem Solver at $6.
Ryan also has Pipeline returning in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m) after a lengthy break during which he was gelded and Arancini in the Vale John Marshall Handicap (1400m).
The winner of the 1987/88 Sydney jockeys premiership, Marshall died earlier this week aged 60 after suffering pancreatic cancer.
Marshall and Cummings enjoyed a long and successful association with horses such as Beau Zam, Sky Chase, Campaign and Shaftesbury Avenue.