READY TO RACE: Taken in 2009 this photograph of Kimberley Cootes titled At The Gates is part of Grafton Regional Gallery’s upcoming Racing Accessories exhibition. Kimberley is this year’s face of the July Racing Carnival and is one of the people you will meet in our 2015 edition of ON TRACK magazine.
READY TO RACE: Taken in 2009 this photograph of Kimberley Cootes titled At The Gates is part of Grafton Regional Gallery’s upcoming Racing Accessories exhibition. Kimberley is this year’s face of the July Racing Carnival and is one of the people you will meet in our 2015 edition of ON TRACK magazine. SIMON HUGHES

Grafton's On Track for another big July carnival

THE July Racing Carnival is less than a month away and as momentum for the Clarence Valley's signature event builds, so too do those annually anticipated events and gatherings.

Here at The Daily Examiner we are preparing for one of our busiest times of the times and as our media landscape is constantly changing so too will our coverage.

Expect to see a range of different styles of reporting and coverage this year, including everything from extensive online photo galleries to live updates from the judges' table during the fashion events.

Of course the traditional coverage The DEX is famous for will continue, with our daily print editions capturing all the action and social atmosphere of the carnival.

One of our most popular products this time of year is the ON TRACK magazine and this year's is looking like another winner.

Daily examiner racing writer Tony White will be leading the charge with his exclusive interview with this carnival's star guest, champion jockey Darren Beadman. He also talks to jockey legend Robert Thompson about his Ramornie Handicap successes and whether he can make history this carnival.

Sports editor Bill north talks to newcomer to Grafton and the carnival, trainer Scott Henley, who honed his craft under Australia's industry royalty in Bart Cummings and Gai Waterhouse. Henley is hopeful his runners will enjoy some success in this his first July carnival.

Sports writer Matt Elkerton talks to the camera-shy Michael Beattie, the chief executive of the Clarence River Jockey Club. The name Beattie is synonymous with racing in the Clarence so Matt sat down with Michael to talk about his long association with the industry in the Clarence from his boyhood memories to the role he has in shaping the CRJC today.

Off the track and into the grandstand and marquees, On Track ventures into social and fashion territory where we catch up the 2014 Lady of the Carnival and face of this year's event Kimberley Cootes, who has been a regular fixture on the July fashion circuit for many years.

You can also find out all you need to know about this year's Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field event, which is offering another $10,000 worth of prizes over the course of the carnival.

There are a couple of new categories and extra reasons to enter this year, so start planning those eye-catching ensembles now. Fashion bloggers Angela Lagos Jay and Gemma Moore have also thrown their racing hats into the ring by offering up some tips for the ladies and gents about the rules for winter carnival and how to stand out from the crowd.

Find out more about the superb entertainment in town during the carnival, including the highly acclaimed Beatles show that recreates their historical Australian tour that rocked our shores in 1964. Having the Saraton Theatre as its backdrop will only add to the spectacle of this internationally acclaimed event. For the culture vultures the Grafton Regional Gallery's racing exhibition this year featuring images from carnivals gone by and hats from the private collections of our racing doyennes. Read all about this exhibition and the other openings set for July in ON TRACK.

Finally we give ourselves a pat on the back for scooping another gong at the Racing NSW Country and Provincial Racing Awards for our coverage in the Clarence. Can we make it back to back wins this year?

Hopefully another stellar edition of ON TRACK will help clinch the deal.



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