By Isaac Murphy
In-form Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan bagged a winning trebble at Beaudesert Race Club's Anzac day meet, but it was a local who stole the show in a historic Digger's Cup.
The eight-race card attracted runners from prominent trainers including Ben Currie, Chris Waller, Chris Munce, Kris Lees, Robert Heathcoate and Chris Anderson with a total of 62 stables bringing horses to the meet.
Anderson, who's three-year-old filly Don't Stutter broke her maiden in Race 3, said the mid-week maiden worth $25000 was a real drawcard for up and coming horses.
"She's a class 1 horse now with earnings over $25000, hopefully we can find her another QTIS benchmark 65 with the same winning pool," he said.
Anderson was also full of praise for jockey Jackson Murphy.
"He's a talented rider, it was his first time on the horse and it won't be his last," he laughed.
The win was the first half of a race to race double for the young hoop who is the stable apprentice for Anderson.
Originally from country NSW Murphy said it was Anderson who gave him a shot in Queensland.
Murphy completed his double when he saluted on Gollan trained stayer High Wind with a patient ride over the 2450m trip.
The win was the first for Murphy riding for the Gollan stable.
"This is my first day riding for the Gollan stable, so it was tough to miss by a head in the first, but good to get a winner and hopefully there's many more to come, " he said.
Of Tony Gollan's treble on the day which also included a dominant display from Chavish in Race 8, he was most buoyant over the future of the Jim Byrne-piloted Natch, who was impressive as a wire-to-wire winner in Race 5 over 1200m.
Byrne said Natch had vast scope for improvement.
"I wasn't expecting her to lead, he's a bit of a handful with her manners but we're working on that, trying to get the horse to switch off, he's a far better horse sitting off them."
Local trainer Greg Cornish fittingly took out race 6 the Beaudesert Diggers cup on 20 to 1 shot Rocky Nuggett after a tactical four wide finish from Adam Spinks.
The win gave Cornish his fourth Diggers Cup, affirming his proud history in the race.
"Going back 13 years now Sheree Drake who was an apprentice for me, she became the oldest apprentice at 40 and in her second ride in the race she won the Diggers Cup.
"She won another diggers cup on the same horse the next year and have won it two times since."
"As a Beaudesert trainer we're dedicated to the region so it's great to keep it in local hands."
Spinks spoke with pride about the significance of riding a winner on Anzac day.
"It's a pretty emotinoal day today I feel for the diggers and their families, I just hope the younger generation appreciates their sacrifice, so we can walk around and live like we live now."
"Everything we have today we owe it to them."