While leading industry figures never seriously considered that the international movement of stallions would be stalled by the global COVID-19 crisis, there is certainly a sense of relief from everyone that the shuttle sires have begun touching down on Australian soil in recent days.
Australia's two biggest international breeding operations, Darley and Coolmore, have had 100s of millions worth of bloodstock touch down in Melbourne this week, be they from Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland or the United States.
They include US Triple Crown winners Justify (USA) and American Pharoah (USA) and Australian-bred global stars Fastnet Rock and Exceed And Excel. Darley's new boys Blue Point (Ire) and Too Darn Hot (GB) are also on Australian soil for the first time, along with Coolmore freshman duo Calyx (GB) and Magna Grecia (Ire).
While the arrival of the shuttle stallions is crucial for the global business of the two thoroughbred behemoths, it's a similarly important moment for Spendthrift Australia, which will be welcoming Omaha Beach (USA) and Vino Rosso (USA) to its Victorian base following their spell in quarantine after they touched down on Tuesday.