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El Campeador post race, photo: Riccarton

Riccarton’s Wednesday meeting proved a happy hunting ground for the Carston Racing team with the stable recording a winning double and runner-up finish at their home track meeting.

El Campeador scored his first career win in the Victoria Woodley Maiden (1600m) finishing strongly to get the better of race rival Lively Interest in a two horse battle to the line.

The son of Highly Recommended was coming off the back of a second placing late last month on the same track and will take further improvement from the run.

“El Campeador is a nice horse that has taken time to mature,” Carston said.

“The penny seems to have dropped now and we will see how he does before deciding where to go next with him.”

Later in the day Titanium Jack flew home down the middle of the track to claim the Punters Challenge April 6 - Enter Now Maiden (1200m).

The Go Racing-owned son of Testa Rossa was also a last-start runner-up at Riccarton in February.

Carston was thrilled to get a result for his ownership group and has another home-track assignment in mind for him later this month.

“Titanium Jack was sent to me from Stephen Marsh, who shares in the ownership, and has come good after being ridden quietly,” Carston said.

“I was very happy to get a result for the Go Racing team and we will return to Riccarton with him on March 23.”

Titanium Jack has been ridden by Doni Prastiyou at his last two starts.

Sharp ‘n’ Silver continued her good run of form when second in the Tea House at Riccarton R65 (1400m). The four-year-old mare has run in the money at her last three starts and was ridden by Kozzi Asano on each occasion.

To watch the replay of El Campeador winning, click here.

To watch the replay of Titanium Jack winning, click here.

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