Royal Scribe continued the late-season surge for Raheen Stud sire Publishing in the Grafton Guineas (1600m) on Wednesday.
The David Kelly trained gelding led from go-to-whoa for a half-length victory over Sydney galloper Vite Loni. “We had a plan to go out and lead,” Kelly said. “It was a case of catch us if you can and it was a great ride by Tegan (Harrison).”
Kelly is based at the Gold Coast but never misses an opportunity to go back to his old stamping ground at Grafton. Royal Scribe and fellow Publishing colt Definite Prospect filled out the quinella in a maiden on Ramornie Stakes day last year.
Royal Scribe (3g Publishing – Dodgalady by Dodge) was an $18,000 buy for Kelly and owner Margaret Muchall at the 2012 Magic Millions QTIS Sale. He was bred and sold by Raheen Stud and is the first foal of a winning half-sister to stakes performers Con’s Amy (Canny Lad) and Davcon (Anglia).
Publishing’s current crop of two year-old winners is headed by Ruby Soho. Her biggest pay-day was in defeat when flying home for third to Unencumbered in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Ruby Soho (2f Publishing – Petria by Rocket To Mars) will return to work with Liam Birchley in a month or two and her summer goal will be the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy in January.
Other juvenile winners include Finnomony who scored on debut at Toowoomba and Magazine Miss who banked $18,250 in prizemoney and QTIS incentives for her victory at Mackay on July 3.
And in New Zealand, Publishing youngster Stralis won at Tauranga before a last-start third in the LR Castletown Stakes at Wanganui. Trainer John Sergent holds him in high regard and would have run him in the Karaka Millions but for going shinsore.
Publishing (Testa Rossa) is based at Raheen Stud alongside Golden Archer. He will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee this year.