Brooklyn Hustle beating Yes Yes Yes at The Valley in December 2018 (Image: Racing Photo)
The two-year-old race to open up proceedings at The Valley on Saturday certainly has some living-up to do after last year's result but even if the race cannot produce a quinella of the calibre of Brooklyn Hustle and Yes Yes Yes, it will surely still be worthy of note.
In what rates as one of great indicators of the time, Saturday's opening event features 10 final acceptors and every one of them is prepared by training partners.
Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace have Flinders River, The Big Easy and Muntaseera; Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott train Narvaez; Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young prepare Tagaloa; David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig train Stenmark and Baaqyah; Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr prepare Our Playboy; Peter and Paul Snowden train Soomayya and Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes prepare Yulong Island.
Training partnerships were first permitted in Australian racing in September 2008 and there are 20 such combinations registered in Victoria in 2019.
As for last year's result, big things were predicted for Brooklyn Hustle after her huge finish from last to score over another debut horse called Yes Yes Yes.
Now, 12 months down the track, that remains Brooklyn Hustle's only race win from six starts and earnings of $220,375 while Yes Yes Yes went on to have seven more starts - the last of those in last month's The Everest, where he took his career earnings to $7.174 million.
WATCH: Brooklyn Hustle's win