“They go back into the 1920s and 30s,” Moller said.
“The Archer being introduced, that just makes the day even more special to go to a Rocky Amateurs.”
As he has been on hand at the club for decades, Moller believes The Archer – as well as the consolation race The Fitzroy – will go along way to lifting the club’s profile back to their glory days.
“It is a great start,” Moller said.
Geoff Maynard, the leader of the Cupid Syndicate, says the Mollers are just one of several families in Central Queensland who have been there for generations with the amateurs.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark for a long time now, all his family and their knowledge of racing is tremendous,” Maynard said.
Reid runs the club in 2022 but as he is not originally from Rockhampton, he has learnt the history over the journey, but he has always had a deep passion for the sport.
He was invited to the club to infuse some new blood and ideas into the volunteer-led committee, before finding himself as the chairman.
The Central Queensland Amateur Racing Club celebrated their centenary in 2021 and now with The Archer firmly on the Australian racing community's radar going forward, Reid is hopeful they have set themselves up to prosper.
“There is a lot of tradition and a lot of history,” Reid said.
“You look through past chairmans and committee members, they are all famous old trainers and book makers in the area.
“It is a club that means a hell of a lot to the old amateur members, they are very with the direction now that the club is going in.”
While they are run by a volunteer-led committee, Reid singled out one of their members for specific praise - Jonathon Offord.
After the idea for The Archer was first brought up over a few beers by Offord, it was quickly shot down as impossible to make work by some, including Reid.
Reid is glad they pursed the concept now.
And, so is leading Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote, who won the inaugural edition of The Archer, as well as congratulating the club for their foresight.
“This is just brilliant. I am so happy,” the Group 1-winning trainer said.
“This race put on by the Rocky Amateurs is really something special for racing.
“It is huge for Rockhampton and you only have to see the sea of people here on course to feel that.”
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