For the final time this year, the Queanbeyan Racing Club will host a Canberra race meet. Touch wood.
Queanbeyan has been hosting the Canberra events since August due to travel restrictions not allowing jockeys, TV crews and race officials outside of the Canberra border bubble to come into the capital.
It's the fourth time this year a Canberran event has been moved across the border, but hopefully, it is the last.
As revealed by The Canberra Times, Thoroughbred Park is set to reopen for Melbourne Cup Day on November 2 for a nine-race meet.
There'll be a crowd of at least 500 people for Canberra's first race day in months, but the Canberra chief executive Andrew Clark was applying for an exemption to have 1000 punters attend.
Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary has liked having more events at his home track, but welcomed a return to normality.
"It's been advantageous for myself, there's no denying that. But in all honesty, I really do feel sorry for the Canberra boys," he said.
"I've got a bunch of mates out there. They're all great blokes and it has been a real kick in the guts for them.
"I'm not going to throw the toys out of the cot, it has been good for me and my stable. We've had a fair bit of success, but next year let's get back to normal for the Canberra boys."
Thursday was shaping up as a big day for Cleary - he's got a runner in all seven races and he's got some big expectations.
"I've got a really busy day obviously. I've got seven runners, the pick of them would probably be Subtly Spring in the 2000-metre race. He's only been in my stable for four or five runs and won three," Cleary said.
"I've got a very high opinion of a filly called Murkowski in the 1460m maiden. Obviously, in the Federal, I'd like to see Girls Are Ready get back to some of her old form. There's no denying she's the best horse in the race, but her form has been a little bit patchy."
A good dose of rain over winter and spring has limited the damage the extra races have caused the track, but according to Cleary, the ACT is reopening at the perfect time.
"Mother nature has been very kind to us. After every race, we've copped a shitload of rain, and the boys on the track have done a super job," he said.
"But the track looked a little bit tired the other day I must admit, but we've had some rain and some sun and it is getting back. I just hope the Canberra track can get up and going for the boys over there."
The races kick off at 2.05pm and anyone from Canberra wanting to attend will have to be fully vaccinated, sign in with the QR code and wear a mask.