Canberra trainer Nick Olive has pinpointed the horse he hopes can win the inaugural Tumut Mile for him on Saturday.
The $15,000 Ray White Tumut Mile (1600m) is the feature as Tumut Turf Club prepare to conduct its first TAB meeting in 19 years.
Olive will take a two-pronged attack to Tumut for the feature race with Contaminated and Let It Roll to represent the leading Canberra stable.
Both Olive's horses have won four races heading into Saturday's assignment but Olive did not hesitate when asked whether he could split the pair.
"I think Contaminated is the main chance for us," Olive said.
Contaminated has won four of his nine starts, including one eight-length demolition at Corowa last preparation which started a three-race winning streak.
The five-year-old has to overcome the outside gate, and 59.5 kilograms, but Olive expects a strong showing.
Brendan Ward will take the ride.
"He will roll forward. He's a free-running horse," he said.
"He's going well. He hasn't raced for a while but his first-up run was pretty good and I've been pretty happy with him since."
Let It Roll has drawn next to Contaminated and has Michael Heagney in the saddle.
He showed a lot of potential early in his career, winning the Moruya Cup as a three-year-old, but injured a suspensory and spent more than 18 months on the sideline. The five-year-old has had two starts back but is yet to fire.
"The horse is coming back from injury and while he's out to a suitable trip now, I want to wait to see him," he said.
"I'm not entirely sure he's come back 100 per cent. He showed a lot of ability but it's been a long road back for him."
It will be a big day at Tumut with the club donating the gate proceeds to the Community Foundation for Tumut Region Dunns Road bushfire appeal.
Hometown trainer Kerry Weir said the meeting could not come at a better time for the community.
"I reckon it will be bigger than Boxing Day, going off the response we've had," Weir said.
"This meeting, especially at the moment within the community with the fires, is so important. The town is really struggling at the moment so this will be a boost."
Weir hopes to provide an added boost with a local victory on the day. He rates his best chance as White Emperor in the KD Stoneworks Maiden Handicap (1400m).
"Brodie said he just knocked up the last 100 the other day. The 1400 should suit," he said.