NORTH Albury reinsman Royce Gregory-Jack is set to defend his Indigenous Drivers Champion crown.
To be held at Menangle on Sunday, it will be the biggest race Gregory-Jack has contested since capturing the title last year.
In its third year, some of Australia’s most promising indigenous reinsmen and women will head to Sydney to compete for the honour.
Gregory-Jack said he was looking forward to showcasing his driving talents on NSW’s premier track in front of a national audience.
“It’s a terrific opportunity and I don’t mind jumping into the limelight,” Gregory-Jack said.
Gregory-Jack is one of 10 drivers competing.
He will be up against Victorian pair Sammy Kilgour and Josh Aiken, young Queenslander Hayden Green and veteran Forbes driver Jeff Brown.
Emerging Newcastle driver Kylie Barnes, James Sutton alongside Sydney reinsmen Jimmy Brown and David Caffyn will also have drives.
Bruce O’Brien is the veteran of the group at 56, and won the inaugural Indigenous Drivers challenge in 2011.
Gregory-Jack will partner Hollys Miss Molly who is trained by Robert Walters.
Hollys Miss Molly won at Cranbourne three starts back and finished fifth at her most recent start at Menangle on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old said patience was the key to driving well on the spacious Menangle circuit.
“Patience is everything at Menangle: a lot of drivers fall into the trap of heading for home too soon,” he said.
“At Albury you pull out down the back straight and go for home.
“But at Menangle when you enter the straight you still have 400 metres to go, so you have to time your run.”
Gregory-Jack is the son of David Jack who dominated the Riverina harness racing scene in the 1980s and early part of the 1990s with a string of talented pacers.
The young reinsman has driven 35 career winners.