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Edmonds praises Birchley after Ramornie win

  • Thu, 12 Jul 2018
  • AAP Turf

Havasay has won the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton for trainer Toby Edmonds, who has deflected praise for his win to Liam Birchley.

Gold Coast-based Edmonds took over training Havasay when Birchley was disqualified in the Aquanita raceday treatment affair. The horse returned to Birchley at Eagle Farm when he was granted a stay of proceedings in Victoria where the case has been heard.

But with Racing NSW stewards firm on a ban on Birchley-trained horses in the state, Havasay went back to Edmonds for yesterday's feature sprint at the Grafton carnival.

Ridden by Matt McGillivray, Havasay ($5.50) beat the locally trained Belflyer ($21) by half a length, with the Edmonds-trained favourite Tyzone ($4) a short half-head behind the runner-up.

"As we know Liam has had a bit of bother," Edmonds told Sky Thoroughbred Central. "He (Havasay) is a good horse and Matt rode a terrific race.

"It's a good result for the owners."

McGillivray also rode Tasmanian Brilliant Jet to win the final race on day one of the meeting and said it had been a great afternoon.

"It is definitely a day to remember," he said. It's one of the highlights of my career. It means a lot."

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees and jockey Corey Brown took out the Grafton Guineas with Turnberry, who beat Captivator by a long head.

Both the winner and the runner-up had come back in distance after unplaced finishes in last month's Queensland Derby.

Earlier in the day, jockeys Ben Looker, Josh Adams and Jake Hull were taken to hospital after a three-horse fall.

Looker was concussed and complaining of a sore right thigh, while Adams was treated for a cut on his chin and a slight concussion. Chief steward Mark Holloway said Hull, who appeared relatively unscathed, would also be assessed for concussion.