WRITING ON THE WALL: Tegan Harrison takes Royal Scribe to the line to win the Grafton Guineas. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
WRITING ON THE WALL: Tegan Harrison takes Royal Scribe to the line to win the Grafton Guineas. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Grafton glamour girl gallops home to win Guineas

GRAFTON raised Brisbane glamour apprentice Tegan Harrison rode her first July Carnival feature winner on Royal Scribe in the Tursa Inglis Grafton Guineas.

Royal Scribe ($9) jumped straight to the lead from barrier 10 and was never headed throughout the 1600 metre duration.

It tired late but held on to win by half a length from Vite Loni ($4.40, Tim Clark), Bodega Negra ($4.60) another half length third.

Harrison was a popular winner and was met to a warm reception when she returned to scale.

"I remember a while back I rode this horse in a trial at Ballina when I was making my comeback last year," Harrison said.

"I was thrilled to get back on him in a feature race like this."

The ride mirrored its last start 1530m Class 2 win at Murwillumbah on June 22. On that occasion Neil Payne was in the saddle.

The win was truly one for local connections with the three-year-old gelding prepared by Gold Coast trainer David Kelly, who was born and raised in Grafton. The race starter was his father Rex Kelly.

The ride mirrored its last start 1530m Class 2 win at Murwillumbah on June 22. On that occasion Neil Payne was in the saddle.

"His preparation started lousy, but he ran an unbelievable time at Murwillumbah," David Kelly said.

"I thought he's up and he's fit, why not give him a go at it."

Kelly praised the 25-year-old jockey, who comes out of her time with Bruce Hill at the end of the month and is currently leading the apprentices premiership in Brisbane.

"She's a gifted young rider, no one can knock her," Kelly said.

Harrison returned fire.

"I guess they breed them well in Grafton."

Harrison backed up the win with second in the Ramornie on Rocky King for Sunshine Coast trainer Tom Bourke.

It was just as well with the talented hoop likely to be without a ride in today's GDSC Grafton Cup.

Her mount Brave Ali has been scratched from tthe $150,000 Listed race.

Trainer Tony Gollan said the Ipswich Cup winner has a bruised heel and didn't want to run him on a firm track.



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