Magic Millions winning trainer Neville ‘Nifty’ Layt has died after a short battle with illness, aged 76.
The much-loved horseman passed away quietly at Canberra Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Based out of Queanbeyan, Layt trained for close to four decades and was well known around the racing community as one of the sport’s great characters.
Tommy Berry celebrates after the Layt-trained Karuta Queen wins the Magic Millions.Source:News Limited
He was thrust onto the national stage when star filly Karuta Queen gave the trainer his biggest win on a racetrack by running away with the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in 2011.
The Not A Single Doubt filly also delivered Layt his maiden Group 3 success when winning the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes at The Valley in the same year as well as the Listed Heritage Stakes at Rosehill.
Layt continued to train up until his passing and had his last winner in January when Propose A Toast scored at Canberra.
Neville Layt has his Queanbeyan stables.Source:News Corp Australia
Tributes flowed across social media from the racing industry for the veteran horseman who was described as a ‘true racing man’, ‘great bloke’ and a ‘weight-for-age racing character’.
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys announced on Wednesday morning that Saturday’s Highway Handicap event would be named in honour of the late trainer when paying tribute to Layt.
“Neville was a hardworking trainer and a real character who was extremely popular and highly respected throughout our industry,” V’landys AM said.
Jockeys will wear black armbands at Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting while the opening event at Canberra on Friday has also been named in memory of Layt.
Funeral arrangements for the trainer are yet to be finalised.
Loved his horse's RIP dad we love you 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/CIjxGClPyQ
Remembering our mate, Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning trainer Neville Layt. Who will ever forget his achievements with Karuta Queen.
Our thoughts to Neville's family and friends.
Rest in peace Neville. pic.twitter.com/YVf4zW8aWr
The Canberra Racing Club wishes to express its condolences to family & friends of Queanbeyan Trainer Neville Layt who passed away quietly yesterday. A big thank you to the @Ginninderra_CC who have agreed to help us commemorate 'Nifty' with their race at Canberra this Friday. pic.twitter.com/QySfp9r1mt
“Nifty” Neville Layt represented everything that’s good about horse racing. Loyalty. Hard work. The battlers taking on the royalty, and beating them. A brilliant trainer and an even better bloke. Love you mate. Thoughts and prayers to @BarbieL8 & the entire Layt clan. #ValeNiftypic.twitter.com/UGRccXkowz
Originally published asTributes flow for Magic Millions winning trainer
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