THE horse capital of Australia is set to make its mark at the upcoming 2017 Country and Provincial Racing Awards.
Scone mentor Brett Cavanough and hoop Rachael Murray have been announced as finalists in their respective categories.
Cavanough trains The Monstar, with the Listed $150,000 June Stakes winner vying for the Country Horse of the Year title alongside Eckstein, Green Sweet and Quatronic.
Murray, who enjoyed a stellar 12-month period, faces experienced campaigners Greg Ryan and Robert Thompson for Country Jockey of the Year.
The gifted rider created a piece of history at Tamworth in June when she became the first NSW female jockey to amass 100 winners in a season.
The 2017 function is to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, on Friday, September 29.
Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award
No finalists are announced.
Country TAB Race Club of the Year
Moruya Jockey Club
Murrumbidgee Turf Club
Muswellbrook Race Club
Wellington Jockey Club
Community Race Club of the Year
Berrigan & District Race Club
Bong Bong Picnic Race Club
Deepwater Jockey Club
Gilgandra Jockey Club
Outstanding Achievement Award
Crookwell District Amateur Picnic Race Club
Lismore Turf Club
Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club
Tweed River Jockey Club
Country Horse of the Year
Country Trainer of the Year
Country Jockey of the Year
Country Leading Apprentice of the Year
Jean Van Overmeire
Leading Approved Rider of the Year