AROUND THE TRACKS 

BARRY Lew and Karloo Mick will headline a charge from Dubbo trainers at the Tamworth TAB meeting tonight.

Karloo Mick last won at Menangle in October last year and last start was second behind Washake at Bankstown in the MH Treuer Memorial on December 1.

He's won more than $1.4 million in prize money for Ronda and Barry Lew but at 12 years is calling on every ounce of his experience and energy to remain competitive.

Still, tonight's $10,000 The Pub Group Gold Nuggett over 2360m is not beyond him and he's been tipped to win.

Regular driver Robbie Morris is making the trip up from Sydney for the drive in a race that starts at 8.10pm. You would also think on the radar for Barry Lew is the $10,000 Tamworth City Cup to be run next Thursday, January 24.

AS Tamworth racing eases into the rich Golden Guitar heats next Sunday and the final on Thursday, several other Dubbo trainers are giving their horses a hit out tonight.

Mick Carroll will start McCool Mover, Sunofbula and Bluechipboy; Peter Reynolds has Jayronray and Casino On Ice engaged, while Marty Simmons will be presented by Pride of Panorama and Charlie Lesslie by Lee Dillon.

DUBBO trainer Neil Hudson will have his fingers crossed that Arabian Atom can stay clear of trouble when the lids fly open in the $1000 PK Bakery Mixed Grade Maiden Stakes over 400 metres at Dawson Park greyhounds this afternoon.

The TAB meeting will feature 10 races starting at 2.34pm, the final down in race nine at 5.07pm.

Arabian Atom, a Train A Journey x Arabian Magic Tu black dog, was ultra impressive on debut in his heat last week winning by a huge nine lengths in 23.07 seconds.

The question mark today will be the six box.

The second heat winner, Twitter Trilogy (23.47s) from Geoff Sheather's kennels at Young, will come out of box three.

Octagonal Zarr, beaten a half head by Twitter Trilogy, has drawn box four for Mullion Creek trainer Katariena Miller and is expected to be one of the favourite elects.

ONE of the best bets of the day will be Balboa Prince for Scott Watson in the Blues Meats 5th Grade Stakes (605m).

The Coonamble trainer has enjoyed an enviable record with the black dog chalking up three wins and a second from four career starts.

Interesting that the three wins have been over 516m and the second when stepped up to 605m.

Also, those three wins have come from wide draws, five, seven, eight and with just four runs under his belt he could be a risk for punters from his blue rug draw in box four.

TODAY'S Dawson Park meeting will be the last until Monday, January 28 and Thursday, January 31. On offer on the 28th will be heats of the Australia Day Short Course Mixed Stakes (318m) leading into the final on the 31st worth $1000 to the winner.

Both are day meetings.

Dubbo has also been programmed for three meetings next month - Thursday, February 7 and Wednesdays February 20 and 27.

DUBBO horses trainers will get their track work done early this morning before the funeral of fellow mentor Tom Mulholland who died last Saturday in Sydney.

Tom's funeral will be held at St Brigid's Catholic Church at 11am today.

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