Rodger Jnr has owned Warner since October 2018, when he bought him off his mate, Lachie Manzelmann.
He was bred by Trevor Jones and was brilliantly driven on Friday by rising star Zac Chappenden.
“Zac’s a good wee driver, and he pulled the trigger at the right time,” Rodger said.
“I’m sure Dad was watching down on us because I didn’t expect him to win, he’s been working well but it was the drive that got him home.
“I remember Zac asking me for a drive on one of my horses when he was first starting out, he needed points and I’ve stuck with him since.
“He’s the current Queensland Junior champion, and is a real talent in the sulky.”
Rodger has now trained three winners this season, and had a long way to go to catch upon the several hundred his father trained from 1969.
“Mum (Lyn) was telling me the other day that was the year Dad started training, and his first horse Peerless Princess was probably his best - he won 29 races,” Rodger said.
“Dad had a milk run and a welding business for 11 years before he had a crack at training, he actually got into horses through a mate in a pub - Melba’s Girl was another good one.
“She was probably the best I’ve worked with, I did a lot with that Great Chase mare even though she was in Dad’s name.
“She raced from 1991 to 1998 and won 32 races, I was in my early teens to my early 20s when she was racing - both she and Dad taught me a lot.”
He said his father actually rode track work for Merv Johnson but got too big.
“He always loved horses and I grew up around them, he was also known around these parts as a bit of an Ipswich Showgrounds stalwart,” he said.
“Dad served on the Showgrounds committee for more than half a century and he loved the rural life, we grew up in Amberley and we came here about 10 years ago.”
Rodger works a team of eight, including four racehorses and four young ones, he said Warner was currently the best of them.
Mr Rodger Snr is survived by his wife Lyn, son David, daughter Sally, and his only grandchild Holly.
His Service was held at the Ipswich Showgrounds before he was buried at the Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery.