The Cessnock racecourse will host its second meeting of 2018 next Monday.
Admission is free and the track is being irrigated during the heatwave to ensure a good surface for racing.
The Newcastle Jockey Club is predicting another successful year of racing on the Cessnock Track.
The feature race meetings will be on Anzac Day and later in the year the Jungle Juice Cup and Cessnock Cup.
In recent months Cessnock trainer Alan Smith has been enjoying success with his talented mare Kelsha Begs. The five-year-old won two on the trot at Port Macquarie in November before a six week freshen up.
Kelsha Begs resumed with a close second at Muswellbrook first up on January 12.
Kelsha Begs resumed with a close second at Muswellbrook first up.
On Australia Day she was placed at Port Macquarie and another win is not far away. The mare has won four races with seven placings and prizemoney of $62,000.
Jeremy Sylvester was the first Cessnock trainer to win a race in 2018 when the regally bred Saint Helena with Robert Thompson aboard was successful at Tamworth on January 5.
The daughter of boom sire Snitzel was formally trained by Kris Lees and Joe Pride, she has had four starts for Sylvester for a win and second.