IT'S often considered a male dominated sport but these trainers are proving horse racing in Coffs Harbour is a level playing field.
Jodie Bohr, Joanne Hardy, Catherine Inwood and Sally Taylor all have horses nominated in Sunday's Sawtell Cup Race Day - the kick-start of Coffs Harbour's racing carnival.
Fresh off a cup win at Grafton, Sally Taylor is looking forward to returning to home soil.
Quality track condition and increased prize money this year is expected to see larger and more competitive fields, with entries from across the state.
Preparation for the trainers has involved plenty of early 4am starts, but it's all worth it come race day.
"Racing NSW invested a lot in the track here - as a trainer we can work our horses instead of working around the weather like we had to before," Joanne said.
Bohr said the ranks of female trainers have levelled to almost 50:50 in Coffs Harbour.
"I think we're more patient than the men," she laughed. "It's become a level playing field".