The Edmonds trained Ruuca ($2.25 ) lived up to his good trial form and despite being green in the straight was far too strong for a field of two-year-old maidens.
On the basis of Usmsnov's potential Edmonds then outlaid $150,000 for Ruuca who is by Rubick out of Mining Tycoon.
Edmonds was at the Inglis Classic Sale this year when he noticed Usmanov's sister in the catalogue.
“She was small and immature so I wasn't interested. Then at the last minute I bid on her and got her for $35,000,” he said.
“We will give her time and who knows? She does look cheap now.”
Edmonds will also be patient with Ruuca because he has a big opinion of him.
“I shouldn't say we won't go on with him this winter but a spell has been in the back of my mind all along,” Edmonds said.
“I really do think if we give him more time to mature he can be pretty good.”
Wishfilly ($4.40) ran almost a second slower than Ruuca but trainer Paul Butterworth believes her best will be as a three-year-old.
It was Better Than Ready's 16th individual winner with three months left in the season.