It was Mitch Freedman that demanded the spotlight during a historic day for the Ballarat Turf Club.
The young trainer landed his first winning treble during the club's inaugural meeting on the new multi-million dollar synthetic track.
Freedman won Sunday's first race with Runawaysuzie and then scored later wins with stablemates Elton's Song and Kev's Lad.
He said it was a great result for the stable and was full of praise for the new circuit.
"It was good to see that horses were able to win from all parts of the track," Freedman, who is interstate on holiday, said.
The treble was part of a hot streak for the stable, which has now prepared five winners from its past 10 runners.
Sunday's Ballarat meeting was great for local trainers with Symon Wilde winning a race with Vassa Blue and Archie Alexander scoring with Buena Veloz.
Jarrod Fry was one of the jockeys to praise the surface after his winning ride aboard Elton's Song.
"It feels really nice," Fry said.
"I trialed here when they had the first lot of jump-outs and the kick-back was quite strong, but today (Sunday) obviously with a bit of rain, it's nowhere near like it was at the jump-outs. It seems to be racing pretty fair."
The Mother's Day program was originally scheduled for the BTC's turf track, but was moved to the synthetic on Friday following the huge downpour of rain in Miners Rest.
Synthetic racing will return to Ballarat this Friday.