THE Upper Hunter thoroughbred racing industry is celebrating another big result during the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Only days after the Kitchwin Hills Stud-born and raised Vow And Declare won the prestigious 2019 Melbourne Cup, Scone trainer John Ramsey's Never Listen stormed home to finish second behind favourite Miami Bound in Thursday's $1 million VRC Oaks at Flemington.
The three-year-old filly, racing her first Group 1, was well back following a poor start before Newcastle jockey Darryl McLellan made a move around the outside of the field at the final turn.
Never Listen, which will now go for a spell, made up plenty of ground down the straight and finished 3.25 lengths from the winner.
"The past week has been great from a local perspective," Scone Race Club CEO Heath Courtney said.
"There are a lot of thrilled people around at the moment."
As for the trainer himself, he admitted he'd "never been so happy to run second".
"It was a big run," Ramsey said.
"We hadn't planned to be that far back, but we were slow away.
"Digger [McLellan] used his brain and gave her every chance."
It capped off a couple of terrific days for the Turangga Farm mentor, who enjoyed a third successive win for promising filly Bright Rubick at Muswellbrook on Sunday.
She demolished her opposition, running away with the Scone Equine Hospital Class 3 Handicap (1500m) in brilliant fashion.
"She goes good," Ramsey said.
"She's a good little filly with a bit of potential."
He said her next preparation might include a crack at the Country Championships before heading to Brisbane for the Winter Carnival.
Ramsey is relishing a fine season and boasts five winners for the HNWRA in 2019-20.
He's equal fifth on the trainer's premiership with fellow Scone-ite Brett Cavanough and Tamworth trio Sue Grills, Cody and Luke Morgan.