Hawkesbury Race Club announced a major coup this week, as internationally-renowned equine facility developer, Killahy Equine, will be joining the line-up for the prestigious club's 14th TAB Stand Alone Saturday on April 27.
Killahy Equine will be sponsoring the Group 3 Killahy Equine Crown 1300 metres, for Fillies and Mares, formerly known as the Godolphin Crown.
In announcing the new partnership, Hawkesbury Race Club Chief Executive, Greg Rudolph, was buoyed to have a locally based company teaming up to elevate the profile of the race on the club's major race day.
"We have been very impressed with the approach of Killahy Equine and their team, as they embark on the construction of our on-course stables development," Rudolph said.
He mentioned that the club is looking forward to working with Killahy Equine and that the on-course works are set to commence shortly after Stand Alone Saturday.
"To gain the support of Killahy Equine, who have successfully developed the high-profile Inglis' Riverside complex and Magic Millions Swan Valley Sales Complex alongside other international racing and equine jurisdictions, is a testament to their professionalism and diligence in their field and a great boost for us," Rudolph added.
"As one of Australia's oldest and most esteemed race clubs, we feel privileged to be partnered with the Hawkesbury Race Club," said Killahy Equine Business Manager, Charlie Hay.
"The club is steeped in history and we look forward to playing our role, albeit a small one, not only as a race-day sponsor but also as a partner for their new development."
In other Stand Alone news, Provincial Championships winner, the locally trained Bobbing, is in line for a Hawkesbury Cup start, following his brilliant victory in Saturday's $500,000 PolyTrack Provincial Championships Final [1400m] at Royal Randwick.
Homebred Bobbing produced what has become a trademark finishing burst to also snare the inaugural $150,000 Spring Provincial Series Final [1600m] at Kembla Grange last December.
"His benchmark rating was 78 before yesterday's win," trainer Bernie Kelly said on Sunday. "Obviously he is going to be lifted a few points. I will ring the handicapper to find out exactly how much.
"Bobbing appears to have come through the race well, and I'm thinking about having a crack at the Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup with him."
The $200,000 feature will be one of the highlights of Hawkesbury Race Club's annual stand-alone fixture, which offers prize money totalling nearly $1.3m.