The first running of the Inter Regional Championship saw victory go to the Peter Greig-trained and Nathan Dawson-driven Not The Kingswood at Marburg on Sunday afternoon.
A new race series programmed to coincide with the Inter Dominion, heats will be held for Western, Southern and Northern-trained horses, with those progressing to the $30,000 Final which will be held on ID23 Final night.
For Peter Greig, his big season continued by claiming the inaugural heat for the Western-based trainers, as he closes in on a maiden century season.
Not The Kingswood is a Mr Feelgood five-year-old that was bred and is part-owned by Greig’s partner Patrice Madden, the gelding overcoming the outside front-line gate to register the win.
Sent forward by Nathan Dawson, Not The Kingswood was able to find the front and prove too strong over the concluding stages to take his career record to eight wins, three of those coming this season.
For Dawson, he took his huge season closer to 400 wins, the win moving him to 393 for the term, moving into second place for most winners in a season, with Chris Alford the only driver to have ever recorded more wins in an Australian season.
Not The Kingswood now progresses to the Final, with further heats to be held at Albion Park on Tuesday for the Southern-based trainers and at Redcliffe on Wednesday for those from the Northern region.
As for Greig, he needs just five more victories to register 100 wins for the term with 22 race meetings remaining for the year.
The Inter Dominion rolls on this week with round two heats on Tuesday night and round three on Saturday, when the Finalists will be decided.
In the pacers division, all first round winners have drawn second line barriers for round two, making it a tougher ask to remain undefeated.
In the Trotters, defending champion Just Believe who was an easy winner of his heat, has come up with the inside second line which makes his task just a little more awkward.
Friday at Albion Park will be a day meeting with a metropolitan program set down.
That means Redcliffe will be busy on Wednesday and Thursday with ten race cards at each meeting.
Marburg will finish the week with a meeting on Sunday.
Not As Promised will chase another piece of history when the Graham Dwyer trained trotter tackles the New Zealand Trotters Derby at Addington on Sunday afternoon.