ROCK STAR: Rock Royalty, ridden by Chris Whiteley, wins the Ramornie Handicap in a track record. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
ROCK STAR: Rock Royalty, ridden by Chris Whiteley, wins the Ramornie Handicap in a track record. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

LIVE: Ramornie Handicap race day rolling coverage

UPDATE: Ramornie-winning jockey Chris Whiteley has been suspended for nine meetings after being found guilty by stewards on a charge of reckless riding. The decision prompted an angry exchange between jockey and officials.

Race Eight - Central Coast Coolrooms Benchmark65

$4.40 favourite New Divide, trained by Tas Morton at Port Macquarie and ridden by Christian Reith, took out the last race of the day, ahead of Shadow Rein and Planetarium.

Race Seven - Crowe Howarth Ramornie Handicap 

Liam Birchley has won his second Ramornie Handicap after Rock Royalty got out from the second widest barrier to gallop along the fence holding in the slipstream of Rocket to Glory before pulling away in the last 200m to win in a track record 1.7.87 over the 1200m. 

Race Six - Tursa Inglis Bonus Grafton Guineas

Greg Hickman trained Braces ran in with a nose barely in front in a three-way photo finish with Robert Thompson ridden Chrysolaus and Scott Singleton trained Spinning Dawn. 

Race Five - McMullan Contracting F&M Class 2 Handicap

Scott Henley trained Glimmer pulled away on the straight to get home for CRJC chairman and owner Graeme Green on home soil. Race favourite Hexagonal ran in behind the winner followed closely by Matthew Paget ridden Excellent Morning. 

Race Four - Prime Thoroughbreds CG&E Class 2 Handicap

Family affair in race four at Grafton today with dark horse Born to Run Easy trained by former Grafton trainer Dwayne Schmidt and ridden by his daughter Cassandra Schmidt streaks away to win by half a length over Farby and Hotel Drive. 

Race Three - Abbey Motor Inn Benchmark 65

Matthew Dunn trained horse Legendary Luke gets up in the Abbey Motor Inn benchmark 65 winning by halkf a length from a photo finish for second between Barley Lover and Star of Legs. Race favourite (and my favourite name for a horse) Steakandbearnaise stayed middle of the pack and just could not quite get the legs to get ahead of the pack. 

Race Two - Grafton Radio Taxis Rural Class 6

Bookies favourite Platinum Jack dictated proceedings in the Grafton Radio Taxis Class 6. Getting out of the gates quickly the 6yo gelding took the early lead along with Lady with Spurs. Jockey Christian Reith pulled him away into the last turn crusing down the home stretch to win by two and a half lengths. 

 

Race One - Winning Edge Presentations Maiden:

Con Karakatsanis' Rapier clinched the lead on the home straight and held off solid challenges from race favourites Saaher and Classroom Destiny and early leader Set the Stage who jumped out to the front from the barrier drop.

That was another race win for jockey Craig Franklin and the Karakatsanis racing stable a partnership that has produced quite a few races in Grafton. 

"We go back a fair way, I had a couple of quiet years there for a bit but I gave him a call and asked if he needed a hand so I was happy to jump back in," Franklin said.

The jockey has notoriously struggled with his weighting before but he said he was at a good spot for this carnival.

"I am down to 56 or 56.5 which is a good place for me," he said. "I am just trying to get down to a good weight so I can get a higher percentage of rides.

"It does make it hard to watch your weight though because Tony [Karakatsanis] is not a bad cook and he doesn't mind giving you some." 

Breaking Update: Christian Reith will not be able to make the 55kg weighting for his ride in Race 3 on the Neil Godbolt trained Delagos. Champion jockey Tegan Harrison will be taking his place atop the 5yo gelding.

For those who cannot make it to the Grafton Racecourse for Ramornie Day The Daily Examiner has got you covered. 

The Daily Examiner's reporter Matthew Elkerton will be track side for Ramornie Day today. Watch this space for race updates, winners and reports from the Grafton Racecourse. 

The Daily Examiner will also be collating all tweets from people at the races today so make sure you hashtag all your racing shenanigans on Twitter with #julycarnival2015 and they will also be featured on this page. 



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