Globalisation is set to save the Sydney autumn carnival from a staying dearth through imports such as the Melbourne Cup placegetter Lucas Cranach, a German named Illo, a grey called Manighar and Glass Harmonium.
The quartet went one-two-three-four in Saturday's Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield. And don't forget about the Melbourne Cup winner of two years ago and fourth placegetter Americain. He'll take them on in Saturday week's Australian Cup.
These types and a host of others, especially from the stable of Sydney's leading trainer, Chris Waller, have added strength and stamina to the local ranks.
Waller found a niche market in Europe. Buy tried stayers at middle-ranking sales. Ready-made race types providing quick returns for willing investors. Low-key races are the target as breeding Down Under is built around speed.
The type wanted in Europe for the breeding landscape has been internationalised. The William Inglis Easter catalogue mirrors that found in the Old Dart. To think the breeding giant Coolmore Stud's great stallion Royal Academy died in Australia last week. The one Coolmore went to $US3.5 million to buy in the US in 1988. A bit of money way back then.
Yes, the globalisation of racing is moving at Rain Affair-type speed. Not that long ago the talk of internationalisation was kept to the Melbourne Cup. Talk in the spring but not any more. The Melbourne autumn is unfolding, the Sydney version building up but there is a whole heap more. The talk is about how to get Black Caviar to the Queen's very own Royal Ascot meeting in June.
The one Newcastle trainer Paul Perry attacked way back in 2003. Blazed a path with a colt named Choisir. Won the King's Stand and the Golden Jubilee in the space of a four days at Ascot then finished second in the July Cup at Newmarket.
Opened the way for Aussie sprinters like Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast, all successful. Black Caviar's punching bag, Hay List, is heading over there and might well go via an international meeting in Singapore.
Last season's champion juvenile Sepoy, brave in defeat under 58 kilograms in Saturday's Oakleigh Plate, is heading to Dubai for next month's World Cup meeting, and he'll be accompanied by stablemate Helmet, the Caulfield Guineas winner. The latter will be out for redemption in Saturday's Australian Guineas at Flemington after a first-up defeat.
To think they'll be lost to the world stage.
To think Brazilian super-jockey Joao Moreira can finish riding in Singapore, where he is simply king, at 10.40pm on Friday and turn up to ride a winner in Sydney the next day.
He did it at Rosehill on Saturday for mining magnate Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm operation. Tinkler knows a bit about picking winners.
A couple of years back, Aussie Brett Prebble lobbed from Hong Kong at the same track, won a Golden Slipper on Crystal Lily, and was back riding in Hong Kong the next day.
And what of the betting world? Globalisation big time there. Call it co-mingling of the betting pools. Tabcorp has been linked to New Zealand for a couple of years now.
Put simply, co-mingling amounts to New Zealand money going directly into the Australian pool. There is a dividend for each party. Tabcorp and its South African equivalent, Phumelela, have agreed on setting up a co-mingling hub on the Isle Of Man.
Other countries are set to become involved. The hub will enable all the different technologies used in collecting wagers in the different countries to be unified.
And it has the ability to take on the corporate betting operators. Setting up in a tax haven, from where most of the European corporates operate, allows for tote houses such as Tabcorp to reduce takeout rates.
Globalisation might be shrinking the world but when racing's betting mecca, Hong Kong, joins in, it promises to be huge.