The city ground to a halt on Saturday, when people from all walks of life dropped everything for the 2019 Terra Ag Cup.
Thousands swarmed Dalton Park to see the cup, which was the biggest one on record with seven nationally televised races.
Ladies came in their most extravagant millinery hats, blokes donned their spiffiest suits, and punters stood around exchanging racing tips and knowing winks with one another.
Racing manager Michael Bailey said the Griffith cup had become so successful that it was bound to continue growing well into the future.
"This is only the start," declared Mr Bailey.
"Griffith is a strong enough community to be able to hold even more races - I want to see these facilities used more than once a year."
The races have been steadily growing every year, but saw an especially dramatic spike when it first started airing on the Sky One television channel last year.
The national attention has attracted jockeys and horses from all around Australia, but it also saw a fair share of local horses trained by Gino D'Altorio.
"Every year it's getting bigger in Griffith - bigger races, more horses," Mr D'Altorio said.
Despite the fierce competition this year Mr D'Altorio had two horses come away with placings - Shadow of Morder and Smart Al.
Mr D'Altorio has been training horses for 30 years as a hobby of his, waking up at 6am every morning to feed, groom, and exercise the horses.
It's gruelling work, but Mr D'Altorio said working with horses gives him a sense of peace and tranquility.
"A horse doesn't talk," Mr D'Altorio explained.
"When you train horses you don't think nothing - you clear your mind and relax."
He said he's looking forward to seeing how the cup grows in the future.
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