IT'S all about the kids at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney today, as a group of more than 30 part-owners and their families gather to cheer on Mackay's Doubtfilly in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
After making the decision to pay the $150,000 late entry fee to get into the field for the world's richest two-year-old race, the group, featuring seven children, will be among the thousands cheering on the horses in Sydney's biggest race day.
Among them are Nathan, 12, Bayley, 11 and Paige, 7, the children of trainer Stuart Kendrick and wife Trudy, and Gabrielle, 13, Declan, 10, and Ava-June, 5, who will be there with mum and dad Hayley and Andrew Wheeler.
Six-month-old baby Thomas is also tagging along with parents Chris and Elizabeth Cook.
Also there for the part-owners will be Paul and Lyn Maguire, Paul Ingerman and Ron White, Mark Sleeman and a group from Emerald - Russ Collins, Robert Stewart and Bob and Carmel Stewart.
Today's racing at Rosehill includes five Group 1 races with a total prizemoney of $8.5 million.
Mackay part-owners have experienced the thrill of a win in the Golden Slipper previously, when the Brisbane-trained Calaway Gal won in 2002.
But owners' representative Paul Maguire said to have a local trainer with a chance to repeat that feat was good for racing in Mackay.
"For us to have trainers of the likes of Stuart Kendrick and John Manzelmann, who are capable of producing horses that can compete on a state and national level, shows that there is a good future for the industry," Maguire said.
"It shows that there is a good future for racing in Mackay."
Maguire said today's racing wasn't just about the horses or the trainers, especially for the young race-goers.
"No doubt they'll be out shopping tomorrow (Saturday), getting their outfits for the races," he said.
"I'm sure that for many, many years they will remember they were there to watch the Golden Slipper."
Doubtfilly was well and the veterinarian's reports were all positive, Maguire said.
"She's as good a chance as any of the 16 horses to win the Golden Slipper," he said.
Doubtfilly was $51 in markets last night.