ON MONDAY at Kennerson Park, the annual Soldiers Saddle series will enter its semi-final stage.
The race is designed for up and coming greyhounds, who can enter if they have only won one to five wins.
Bathurst Greyhound Racing Club racing manager Jason Lyne said the event always attracts trainers from all over the state.
“People specifically target this event and plan the year around it,” Lyne said.
“It’s a marquee event for the Central West.
“We have four semis on Monday and the box draw on the day will be crucial.”
Six qualifying heats were held at Kennerson Park on November 21, with Bathurst trainer Ashley Lamb coming away with first place in heat one (520 metres), with his three-year-old dog Stunning Lola ($3.80).
Cowra trainer Paul Braddon’s one-year-old black dog Falcon’s Fury ($1.50) won by almost four lengths in the fifth qualifying heat (520 metres) for Monday’s semi finals.
The event is sponsored by the Bathurst RSL and Lyne said he was “very thankful” for their continued support every year.
Even though the event is highly popular throughout the Central West and NSW, Lyne said it would be great if a local trainer could win the final.
Monday will feature four semi-finals on the day, with first and second going through to the final the following week.
The final will have $10,000 on offer to the winner.