Twelve months ago, Michael Trinder wasn't sure that he'd ever train another horse - at Elwick on Sunday he gave his famous family its first win in the $250,000 Hobart Cup.
After being given the run-of-the-race by Anthony Darmanin, the Trinder-trained Toorak Affair comfortably accounted for Shady Hustle and Glass Warrior in an all-local finish.
Between them, Michael Trinder, his father Ray and son Adam have now won every major race in Tasmania.
"I'm very proud for my late father - we tried for many years to win this race," Michael said.
"I've trained some great jumpers that were good to me over the years but, since my break, this mare has taken me on a fantastic ride.
"I'm really enjoying the moment - every day is a bonus."
Trinder was referencing a major health scare at the start of last year when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
The initial prognosis wasn't good and he at first declined surgery, stating that he'd let fate take its course.
But his wife Anne was having none of that and he eventually relented, agreeing to an operation that saved his life.
"Racing has been my life for the past 42 years," Trinder said. "I love all forms of it; gallops and harness.
"Today has only been possible because of the support I've got from my family - Adam has been a great help behind the scenes and Anne is the backbone of the stable."
Victorian-based Darmanin thanked Trinder for his loyalty.
"The way he has stuck by me means everything to me," the jockey said.
"Tasmania is my second home and I love the opportunities I get here. I've now won all three major cups so this is special."
Toorak Affair is raced by the estate of the late Kelvin Wadley, who bought her as a yearling for $50,000, Bob Webb, Tom Edwards and John Atwood.
STRUTT IS TALE OF TWO SUPERSTARS
A minor blood disorder cost Still A Star a start in the Tasmanian Derby but she made amends with the narrowest of wins over the state's other outstanding filly Mystical Pursuit in the $100,000 Strutt Stakes.
After dashing to the lead in the home straight, the Bill Ryan-trained Still A Star just held off a barnstorming finish from Mystical Pursuit to score by a nose.
"The setback took its toll towards the end but she's a super horse who doesn't lay down and she fought it out to the finish," Ryan said.
"The horse always comes first but, if she's still good (in a fortnight), she'll go to the Oaks."
It was Ryan's first win in the Strutt Stakes and the third for jockey Brendon McCoull.
In the other feature races, Mandela Effect gave Scott Brunton his fourth win in the past six years in the Thomas Lyons and David Hayes won the Bow Mistress for the first time with Zargos.
Craig Newitt rode Mandela Effect but was on runner-up and certainty beaten Deroche in the Bow Mistress.