The final touches were being put in place on Wednesday before Dubbo Turf Club unveils its latest set of upgrades.
A vastly improved mounting yard is the latest thing to be improved upon at the track and it will be in action for the first time on Thursday when the club hosts a seven-race meeting.
“We’re very pleased,” Dubbo Turf Club general manager Vince Gordon.
“Considering the weather we’ve had recently, (track curator) Damien (Johnson) has done a great job with the track and it looks spectacular.
“Some of the upgrades we’ve made are a credit to Damien and his staff, and the club in general. We’re certainly heading in the right direction.
“This track and the Dubbo club is part of western racing and it’s a big part of country racing.”
We’re certainly heading in the right direction.Dubbo Turf Club general manager Vince Gordon
Adding to the buzz around the revamped track is the fact everyone involved in the sport is enjoying one of the most exciting times in country racing.
The Country Championships are looming, the first $150,000 heat is this weekend at Port Macquarie, and everyone in the game is gunning to have a horse contest the $500,000 final at Royal Randwick on April 7.
“There should be some spectacular racing,” Gordon said of Thursday’s meeting.
“I think these will be some good lead-up races with horses having their last run before the Country Championships plus there’s some young horses coming through so there’s plenty to watch.”
Gordon said Thursday offers the club a golden chance to have a run through and see how the upgrades hold-up before the Western Districts Country Championships Qualifier at Dubbo on March 25.
“We’re very confident the track is right to go, confident in the facilities and it should be a great day of racing,” he said.
“It (upgrades) is the culminaton of three or four years of work. I’ve been here three years and it started before that and it’s very pleasing to see the club going forward and everyone working in the same direction.”
Racing starts at 2pm at the track on Thursday with the last leaving the barriers at 5.30pm.