It’s the meeting where dedicated punters and breeding buffs can stand side by side and salivate over what’s going around.
In fact, you could do two laps of the nation before finding a non-metro meeting so littered with potential and supreme bloodlines as that on show at Hawkesbury on Thursday, headed by a Provincial and Country Maiden Plate over 1300m.
There won’t be a better bred youngster anywhere than three-year-old filly Reaching, a product of Arrowfield and trained by Kim Waugh at Wyong, which lines up for her second start after a luckless debut at Newcastle where she should have nearly won. By the Japanese super stallion Deep Impact out of former multiple group 1-winning sprinter Alinghi, Reaching is made to be anything, and will go out a short-priced favourite.
But the race doesn’t stop with her. Talented four-year-old Wyong gelding Shamamour is by Cox Plate and Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award, and what about the local runners further out in the market – three-year-old Primal Scream is by Golden Slipper winner Sepoy out of a mare by fellow Slipper winner Canny Lad; four-year-old mare Georgina Gold is by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente; three-year-old filly Charmmebaby is by dual European group 1 winner Charm Spirit while another three-year-old filly, Fatalie, is by multiple group 1 winner Dissident.