Friday night's meeting at Parkes will be a big occasion. Not only is it the club's first one of the new year but it is also part of the TAB Carnival Of Cups with fantastic prize money on offer. Bathurst trainer John O'Shea is hoping to take home the major share of the cash in the Golden Bar Final, a $15,000 event for three year olds and after an impressive performance by Mitch Braxton in the heats on Monday, he looks the one to beat.
"Mitch Braxton was first up from a spell in the heat on Monday, I had given him a trial at Bathurst a fortnight or so ago and he had won that but hadn't run much time," O'Shea said.
"He's a nice horse but he is still a bit green and is still learning what the racing caper is all about, he's quite quick when he is sat up in his races but after he drew one in the heat I decided to use his speed at the start, once he learns what he has to do he is going to make a nice sit and sprinter."
Mitch Braxton won his heat by more than twenty eight metres defeating thetrained Jester Oh Jester after it galloped on the home turn when in a challenging position.
"I haven't sat down and really mapped out a campaign for him, I always planned on this heat and final at Parkes but after that I'm unsure which way I will go with him, I will just wait and see how he performs in Friday's final."
"I got him after he had his first start in the race and he has definitely improved with the experience of going to the races, I'm just hoping he continues going in that direction."
O'Shea has been back in New South Wales for more than a year after spending seven months in the USA with trainerbut has confirmed he has no plans of returning overseas in the foreseeable future.
"It was something that I wanted to do in my career, I wanted to do some driving over there but once I arrived over there I forgot all about that side of the industry and just enjoyed my time working for Noel."