Bathurst Greyhound Racing Club is gearing up one of its biggest weeks ever.
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The Kennerson Park-based club is set to host a meeting on Monday night, featuring the three heats for its annual major race, the Bathurst Gold Cup.
The final night will be held on Friday that week, with a record $40,000 in prizemoney on offer, increasing from $25,000 last year.
Club track manager Jason Lyne said some of the state's best dogs will be making their way to Bathurst for the three heats.
"It's going to be very, very competitive racing on Monday night," he said.
"A lot of early speed will be engaged in the heats. I think every dog will have to come out their best to give themselves the best shot of qualifying, which will make for a really good night of racing on Friday for our final."
The dogs that finish first and second in each of the three heats will book themselves a spot in the Bathurst Gold Cup, with the two quickest dogs that missed out qualifying.
Lyne said it'll be hard to pick a winner for the heats, with a host of hounds in great form heading into Monday's meeting.
"It's very hard to pick because there's some real quality hounds engaged," he said.
"Like the first heat, Chase Me Honey got beat in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder, Devel Sixteen got a fast PB at Wentworth Park and Ties That Bind has never missed a placing.
"Looking at the second, Crocodile Vella won the Orange Cup last week and out wide Zipping Demand is a very classy dog, with some fast runs at Wentworth Park.
"The last heat is an absolute ripper. Slingshot Hooks won the Group 1 Derby last weekend at Wentworth Park. Zulu Warlord is the reigning Bathurst Gold Cup champion and he's five from five at Bathurst."
The Bathurst club will also conduct the Bill Kennerson Memorial throughout the week, with two heats on Monday and the final on Monday.
The top four in each heat will progress to the final.
The memorial is named in honour of the track's namesake, who originally donated the land that Kennerson Park now calls home.
The 12-race meeting will get underway at 3.16pm on Monday afternoon, with the three Bathurst Gold Cup heats at 4.42pm, 5.02pm and 5.22pm.
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