And the battle is about to begin! Friday night will see the first round of heats for this year's Inter Dominion, to be conducted in New Zealand.
The series will be contested at Alexandra Park for the first time in eight years, with both pacing and trotting heats. There is a further round of heats next Tuesday and then onto the final, which is offering prizemoney of $500,000.
Bathurst pacer Our Uncle Sam, for father and son duo Chris and Anthony Frisby, has drawn the 11 barrier in the first heat and will come into the race off a win at Alexandra Park last Friday night. Our Uncle Sam finished second in last year's Inter Dom.
Amanda Turnbull will be trying to join both her grandfather, AD, and her father, Steve, in the Inter Dom's winner's circle.
Steve has won a Miracle Mile and an Inter Dominion final while AD has won two Inter Dominion finals.
"Ever since she was a kid starting out, the horses just run for her," Steve said of his daughter. "I don't know why she is so good; I have never been able to work it out.
"I will try and do the same things she does but it doesn't work the same."
Bathurst has a strong representation in the series, with Amanda and Frisby cousins. They will be pitted against each other in the first heat, with Amanda driving Conviction before partnering Atomic Red in the second heat.
Victoria Cup winner Bling It On will also be looking to produce some more history. Bling It On won the Group 1 Victoria Cup in only his second run back from a 16- month spell, after being injured in a race fall and undertaking stud duties.
The $500,000 final will be contested on December 6. Go the Aussies!
SUNDAY racing will see the Dubbo club showcase their big Group 2 $50,000 Red Ochre race for mares.
The race has attracted a tidy field including Takara Truffle, from the Aaron Goadsby-Mark Jones stables, and last-start winners RNR Windermere and Rock On, from the Turnbull stables.
Bruce Harpley is making the trip with Rubies for Tash. The Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy stables will also head out to the country from Sydney with another last-start winner in Bettor Enforce.
Bernie Hewitt has another last-start winner with Scarlet Babe.
Tamworth runner Bassey, from the Sam Ison stables, has scored the first emergency for the feature.
Narrabri pacing sensation Kid Montana, from the Shepherdson stables, will contest the TAB Odds & Evens Pace at Dubbo on Sunday. While Danny Mackney has Who Killed Kenny engaged in the final race of the eight-race program.
TAMWORTH will race again next Thursday December 5.