By Mick Floyd
Miriam brilliantly won the inaugural running of the $14,500 ANZAC Appeal Cup at Sandown Park on Wednesday 24 April.
The $3.70 second favourite was perfectly drawn in box 1 and the inside draw proved pivotal as she was able to hold her position on the rail as the speed dogs drawn on her outer crossed to the rail through the first turn.
Settling in an ideal position one back on the fence, Miriam took advantage as leaders Shanlyn Georgie and Courting rolled away from the fence down the back straight, railing through to take the lead and power to a 1¾ length victory in a slick 29.43.
The win was her 10th career victory and first since resuming from a three month break, and trainer Bill McMahon couldn’t have been happier.
“It was a super run, a really super run,” he said.
“I’m really happy with her and how’s she’s going at the present time and just hope it can keep going.”
The $10,000 winner’s cheque was the biggest of Miriam’s career, however the cause for which the race was run – the ANZAC Appeal – made the win all the more special, especially with members of McMahon’s family serving in the defence forces.
“My eldest son is in the army. He’s based in Adelaide so it means a lot to win a race like this for him.
“My great grand-father was in the First and Second World War too, so to win a race with this prestige is pretty special.”
In running the inaugural ANZAC Appeal Cup, the club paid tribute to Brian Dunne from Noble Park RSL together with Vice President, Ray McCarthy. It was their support of the concept that got the event off the ground and the club hopes will become a great tradition.
A solemn ANZAC service took place prior to the running of the Cup with Bugler John Mansfield performing ‘The Last Post’, the ANZAC Ode was recited and a minutes silence to recognise the men and women who have given so much in the services for our nation.
In keeping with the ANZAC tradition, games of Two-Up were played during the evening for funny money and were greatly enjoyed by the patrons.