Course record a Ramornie pointer
By Geoff Heath
Local galloper Lord Nediym was being hailed as a chance to capture this year's Ramornie Handicap which will be sponsored by Black Toyota.
Lord Nediym ran the 1200-metre journey in a sensational 1min 8.49sec, which is approximately two lengths slower than top class galloper Cangronde recorded in winning over the 1200m course.
Lord Nediym's time broke the previous class record of 1min 8.99sec established by Robert's Pride in July 1995.
Seasoned jockey Stephen Traecey had several looks over his shoulder in the home straight, but still had four lengths to spare over favourite Designer Cleo and stablemate Star of Tiarne when the judge called a halt to the LJ Hooker Grafton Australia Day Open Handicap.
Lord Nediym was the second leg of a winning double for Treacey and John Shelton with Silver Bonanza grinding out a courageous win in the opening event, the Mr Hooker Bear 2050m Class 3 Hcp.
Jockey Ray Spokes also rode a winning double for Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy when 10/1 chance Tony Turnout won the 1200m Thank You Mr Hooker Maiden and 5/1 hope Payakarun just held off 25/1 chance Alackajazz to snatch victory in the Nobody Does It Better 1400m Class 5 Hcp.
Handy Grafton galloper Plural, prepared by Dan Wheeler, resumed from a spell and lumped 57.5kg when he held out She Nags to win by a head in the Kinnear Court 1000m Class 2 Hcp.
She Nags tried to lead all of the way and only tired over the final stages of the race to go down by a narrow margin.
Grafton will race next on Monday, February 6 when the club will stage the Southern Cross Ten Race day.