It was Golden Slipper (1200m) day at Rosehill on Saturday March 18 and despite the big wet continuing to soak Sydney, the on-track action proved to be among the most memorable of the big-race days in recent years.
Here is our round up of all the results.
The two-year-olds stepped out in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) and just like Capitalist did in 2016, She Will Reign put a lead-up-race hiccup behind her by claiming the world’s richest race for the juveniles.
The Gary Portelli-trained filly, and long time race favourite before missing out behind Frolic in the Reisling Stakes (1200m) at her last run, bounced back in a big way, turning the tables on that galloper on the Heavy 10 track.
The 'Cinderella filly', who was purchased for just $20,000 as a yearling, settled in a midfield position before her jockey, Ben Melham, cut the corner on the bend, saving plenty of ground.
The pair found themselves in the lead at the 200m mark and found plenty in the straight, going to win by more than two lengths from Frolic. The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Tulip made it a trifecta for the fillies and was awarded 3rd place on protest after Menari was relegated.
Race favourite, Houtzen, led the field of 16 early on in the 1200m scamper but could only manage 5th on the boggy track, while last start Blue Diamond (1200m) winner, Catchy, was never comfortable, finishing in last position, beaten more than 25 lengths.
Wow! It was another breathtaking performance for the champion, who delivered one of her greatest performances yet, destroying her rivals by six lengths in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
In front of the adoring fans at Rosehill, the best mare in the world left most commentators speechless, cruising home under the hands and heels riding of Hugh Bowman, leaving the likes of Le Romain and Chautauqua in her wake.
The win was her 16th in succession and her 11th at Group 1 level, while she took her career earnings to over $10 million with the astonishing win. She will now head to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8.
A Group 1 extravaganza
The Golden Slipper and the George Ryder were part of a whopping five Group 1 races for the day and the first of the features was when the middle distance gallopers lined up in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m).
Hartnell was sent in as an easing $3.30 favourite but it was Our Ivanhowe that thrived in the Heavy conditions, powering away in the straight to win by two lengths from the Godolphin galloper, while The United States finished 3rd.
Our Ivanhowe, who was first up after finishing down the track in last year's Melbourne Cup, claimed his second Group 1, complementing his Doomben Cup (2000m) triumph last year. The victory was Lee Freedman's first in the race since the mighty Super Impose claimed the Ranvet way back in 1991.
In the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) for the three-year-olds, the New Zealand galloper, Gingernuts, staked his claim as the one to beat in the Australian Derby (2400m) by defeating the Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner, Inference, by more than two lengths, while the Victorian, So Si Bon, finished 3rd.
The last of the Group 1 races was the Nathan's Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) and despite sweating up badly before the race, the Team Snowden-trained Russian Revolution found plenty in the dying stages to overcome his stablemate, Redzel, while the roughie, Jungle Edge ran 3rd.
Other winners on the day included Consommateur, Derryn and Raiment, while Big Duke scored the Manion Cup (2400m) on protest from the Lloyd Williams galloper, Our Century.
The Group 1 action returns to Rosehill on Saturday March 25 for the running of the BMW (2400m) and the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for the fillies.
Prior to Saturday, Moonee Valley closes out the Friday night racing action in style, as the sprinters lineup for Group 1 glory in the William Reid Stakes (1200m).