Nathan Hurst knows the local racing region as well as anyone and the trainer-driver has heaped praise on the Dubbo Harness Racing Club.
The Bathurst is bringing six chances across for Sunday night’s seven race meeting.
COMING TO TOWN: Santa has been a regular at the track in the past and he will be there again on Sunday night. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
While the competition is set to be fierce, there will also the fun of a Santa visit and the mini-trottersand a special moment when a silent auction is held for local industry member and cancer sufferer Kyle Barnes.
A recent gymkhana at the track raised roughly $17,000 for Barnes and Hurst said the Dubbo club was a perfect example of the industry helping out its own.
“Everyone chips in and everyone helps each other out,” Hurst said.
“The two clubs who probably do that the best at Dubbo and Parkes, they would do more than anyone and they really get in and give a lot back.”
In terms of his chances on the track, Hurst is hopeful Kyalla Dave can returned refreshed from a short spell.
The five-year-old hasn’t raced since September 10 but has a strong record at Dubbo, scoring two wins and three seconds at the track in the past.
“He’s just come back from a little break and he’s a bit refreshed because he’d ad enough by the end of last time,” he said.
“But he’s ran some really good races, especially at Dubbo. It’s probably a bit shorter and suits him.”
While admitting he may need one more run before he gets back to his best, Hurst added the gate three draw may benefit the gelding.
“It’s a pretty good field but he shouldn’t be too far away,” Hurst added.
Following Kyalla Dave racing in the West Dubbo IGA Pace (1720m), Hurst will have Tulhurst Lover making her first career start in the TAB Rewards Three Year Old Pace (1720m).
The trainer-driver is excited by the filly’s potential while another he is keen on is Kyalla Tee Jay.
“Herform is a lot better than it looks, she’s ran well,” he said, with the mare having not run better than sixth in her past three starts.
“It depends on the start a lot with her, if she leads she should go pretty well.”
Racing starts at 6pm Sunday.
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