RACING Orange board member Daniel Brincat is hopeful the momentum garnered during last year’s bumper season will translate into another strong campaign for the industry in the city.
Racing Orange’s first meeting of the spring will jump on Friday, with nominations again strong.
In total 157 nominations were taken across the eight races on Monday.
“The numbers so far indicate it’ll be great,” Brincat said, with nine meetings in total planned for the season, six of which are TAB backed.
“We might have been on a break for the winter but the trainers continue and, heading into the new season, things are looking good at the moment.”
Local trainers Alison Smith, Sylvia Szabo and Lee Van Den Bos have nominated for the meeting, while Brincat said high-profile trainers David Vandyke, Bjorn Baker and Sam Kavanagh were all headed to Orange on Friday.
Kavanagh is the son of Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mark, with the South Australian preparing 2009 Cup champion Shocking.
Kavanagh has recently moved to Sydney to make a name for himself and has nominated Hereford in the Anthony Old Plumbing Class 1 and Maiden Plate (1600 metres) and Tennesse in the Parkview Hotel Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
“It’s great to see these kinds of trainers interested in Orange,” Brincat said.
“We want to keep attracting the sort of trainers and jockeys we were able to last season.
“We’re aiming at producing the kind of track that gets people wanting to come back to Towac Park on a regular basis.”
Yesterday’s rain and the forecast pointing towards another five millimetres today won’t have too great an impact on the Towac Park turf, with the current Good 3 rating not expected to change a great deal by Friday’s meeting.
“It might head towards the dead range but that won’t be too bad,” Brincat added.
The main race will be the 4TRACKS4KIDS Benchmark 65 Handicap over the 1000 metres.
Acceptances will be declared this morning.