SPEED will be theme when Ballarat and District Trotting Club's new racing surface is unveiled later this month.
A new $30,000 race against the clock will headline the re-opening of Bray Raceway on Thursday, March 28.
The Laser Electrical Lightning Mile will give the increased camber on the 1000-metre circuit an immediate opportunity to be displayed as one of the state's fastest tracks.
The $600,000-plus project is on target to finish on schedule - with time for two sets of trials to be run on the track before the March 28 fixture.
The camber has been increased from seven to 14 per cent and lighting improved.
A new fence and advertising display boards down the back straight, safety fencing in the home straight and racing surface will complete the work, which has been funded by the state government in partnership with Harness Racing Victoria and the BDTC.
This is the first major upgrade of the track since it was extended to 1000m in 1992.
BDTC chief executive officer Paul Rowse said the project was progressing well.
He said the finishing touches to the base of the track had been carried out this week.
Rowse said fencing contractors would be on site for the next two weeks, with the laying of the top racing surface the last works to be undertaken.
MAGICAL TELF will be out to remain unbeaten in the group 3 $30,000 Tontine Pacers Series final, 2240m, at Melton tonight.
The Tontine pacers and trotters finals were originally scheduled to be run in Ballarat, but were transferred owning to Bray Raceway being close for an upgrade.
From the Lara stable of Dean Braun, Magic Telf has won all nine career starts.
These include a Tontine heat at Terang and semi-final at Geelong.
The Tontine is a series with rounds run at Terang, Geelong, Hamilton, Stawell, Ararat, Horsham and usually Ballarat.
Magic Telf has drawn barrier two and will start a short-priced favourite.
Daylesford trainer Michael Barby has the consistent It Is Billy engaged and Emma Stewart is represented by Fearless Leader.
The group 3 Tontine Trotters Series final, 2760m, might also go to the Braun camp.
He has Duke Of The Moment, which won a heat at his first start since arriving from New Zealand.
Duke Of The Moment will be one of five starters off 20m in a race with others runners off 30m and 50m.