It's taken more than 75 years for Dapto to stage a Group 1 race - and tough-talking Nowra trainer Steve White is hell-bent on keeping the loot on the South Coast.
The multiple major-winning conditioner will prepare Amadeus Strikes, one of two Nowra-trained pups, for tonight's watershed Dapto Megastar (520 metres).
And he's hoping either his star bitch or Garry Edwards' star Double Twist defy the throng of interstate raiders aiming hit-and-run missions on the Megastar.
"I've got to be realistic, we're racing for $75,000 and I'm not here to have mates [tonight]," White said.
"It would be nice if one of the locals could win it. We don't want the interstaters winning it ... put it that way."
White's resolve was steeled after Amadeus Strikes was originally shunned at the selection table for the semi-invitational sprint at the expense of smart Victorian Proven Nitro and veteran Queenslander Glen Gallon.
Slashing Dapto Oaks winner Double Twist, the talented Jagger Swagger and freakish NSW National Sprint winner Zulu Zeus were the other three contenders parachuted into the field.
Amadeus Strikes was forced to qualify via a fast-finishing third in last week's Prelude, but White thought she might have been hard done by not being drafted into the race.
"I was absolutely shocked considering her record compared to a few others, which were a bit dubious," White said. "There will be in the egg on their face if I win it."
Sportingbet has listed Amadeus Strikes (box seven) a $16 outsider to nab her first Group 1, with Zulu Zeus (box eight) dominating betting at $2.20.
Best known for his exploits with Hall Of Famer Paua To Burn, White can see a positive in Amadeus Strikes' wide draw in the form of Mexico City.
Mexico City landed on the bunny before Victorian Peter Rocket nabbed him in the shadows of the post in last week's Prelude.
"I've been doing some box work with [Amadeus Strikes] this week and as long as she can come out, the six dog [Mexico City] is going to do me all the favours in the world because it heads straight to the fence," White enthused.
"If the six dog comes out like it did last week it could possibly take care of all the inside dogs. I'd like to see six, seven and eight go through the first corner and she's sitting second. I'd like to be in the top three going out of the straight.
"She's capable of doing it and she's got the box to do it," White said.