RACES READY: Annie Belonogoff, Adam Clarke, and Tal Belonogoff hit the Bunya Race Track for a day of plenty of fun, and hopefully a few wins.
RACES READY: Annie Belonogoff, Adam Clarke, and Tal Belonogoff hit the Bunya Race Track for a day of plenty of fun, and hopefully a few wins. Meg Gannon

All the news and photos from Dalby's biggest race day

YOU could have put money on the fact that the Dalby Saints Day was going to be bigger and better than ever - and that's exactly what crowds were treated to.

Whether you were there for a punt or there just to have a drink and a good time, the Saints Race Day pulled out all the stops to ensure each attendee walked away with a smile.

Dalby's biggest race day included an eight-race program, with crowds rallying around our homegrown horses, trainers, and jockeys.

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But it was more than just a regular race day for Peter Stuart and his family.

50 members and four generations of the Stuart family reunited to celebrate the 160th Plough Inn Cup, an award donated by Mr Stuart's great-great grandparents, and first presented in 1863.

Mr Stuart, who has been researching the genealogy of his family, said he was "bursting” having his family together in Dalby, and felt honoured to be ingrained in a big part of Dalby's history.

"I don't feel big-headed or anything, but I feel a part of Dalby,” Mr Stuart said.

"I feel a part of Dalby, and Dalby feels a part of me.... It's just wonderful. It makes all the family history worthwhile.”

The day was made sweeter by the fact the cup was won by Dalby trainer Matt Kropp and owners Michael and Val Kelly, whose horse Droplet had a stellar ride thanks to jockey Scott Sweedman.

Kropp's other horse, Rosie Posie, ran second to Real Ego in the TAB Dalby Cup Open Handicap.

Fellow Dalby trainer David Reynolds also competed with success on the day, taking home third place in the Henry Family Open Handicap with Red Devil.

The Henry family also reunited to award the Henry Family Open Handicap to Rhyme Nor Rhythm, trained by Lindsay Hatch and ridden by Josh Oliver.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Brazier Trailers QTIS Three-years-old Maiden Handicap:

1st: The Tyler, trained by Lindsay Hatch, ridden by Josh Oliver

2nd: I'm Callin' Dibs, trained by Mark Currie, ridden by Emma Ljung

3rd: Rapido Gris, trained by Troy Pascoe, ridden by Beau-Dene Appo.

Ergon Energy Plough Inn Cup:

1st: Droplet, trained by Matt Kropp, ridden by Scott Sweedman

2nd: Rerun, trained by Mark Currie, ridden by Josh Oliver

3rd: Kohiko, trained by Tom Dougall, ridden by Kenji Yoshida.

Stuart Quinalow Descendants Class One Handicap:

1st: Mojos, trained by Mark Johnstone, ridden by Zoe White

2nd: Chamberlain, trained by Royce Connolly, ridden by Tessa Townsend.

3rd: All Ellie, trained by Kylie Geran, ridden by Stephanie Lacy.

Saints Class One Handicap:

1st: Line Up, trained by Troy Pascoe, ridden by Ron Goltz

2nd: Super Leon, trained by Donald Baker, ridden by Shannon Apthorpe

3rd: Charging Clear, trained by Ben Hull, ridden by Beau-Dene Appo.

Al Cockerill Benchmark 58 Handicap:

1st: Same Old, trained by Nicole Luke, ridden by Nathan Fazackerley

2nd: Demesne, trained by Glenn Richardson, ridden by Hannah English

3rd: Boltin' Desire, trained by Jason Judge, ridden by Shannon Apthorpe.

TAB Dalby Cup Open Handicap:

1st: Real Ego, trained by Rex Lipp, ridden by Kenji Yoshida

2nd: Rosie Posie, trained by Matt Kropp, ridden by Hannah Phillips

3rd: Apoloboom, trained by Lindsay Hatch, ridden by Nathan Fazackerley.

Henry Family Open Handicap:

1st: Rhyme Nor Rhythm, trained by Lindsay Hatch, ridden by Josh Oliver

2nd: Bagger Chance, trained by Andrew Donnelly, ridden by Emma Ljung

3rd: Red Devil, trained by David Reynolds, ridden by Leeanne McCoy.

Hon David Littleproud MP Benchmark 62 Handicap:

1st: Bris Vegas, trained by Caroline Allardyce, ridden by Beau-Dene Appo

2nd: Crab Boy, trained by Wayne Nugent, ridden by Emma Ljung

3rd: Supersonic Boom, trained by Rex Lipp, ridden by Shannon Apthorpe.


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