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Ashburton double for Carston

Art De Triomphe made a pleasing start to her spring preparation at Ashburton on Monday. Photo: Race Images South

Carston Racing Stables celebrated a feature day double at Ashburton on Monday with Art De Triomphe and Hunter Villain.

Go Racing Beatles Syndicate-owned filly Art De Triomphe made a pleasing start to her spring preparation when winning the Mount Somers Honey (1200m).

The three-year-old settled towards the rear of the field from her outside barrier in the eight-horse field, where jockey Kylie Williams sat patiently throughout.

Williams asked her charge to improve turning for home and she was able to gather in her opposition and runaway to a convincing 1-3/4 length victory over Buoyant, with a further nose back to Emanon in third.

Carston was pleased with the result and is now eyeing a Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) path with his filly.

“I am really happy with her performance, she will take a lot of benefit from today as well. It is always pleasing to see them come back at three,” he said.

“I thought she had to be the best horse to win today. The instructions were to go back to last and have her relax, she showed a good turn of foot and won quite convincingly in the end.”

Art De Triomphe had three starts as a juvenile for a win and placing, and finished fourth in the Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton in May.

Carston said she has strengthened into her three-year-old season and is looking forward to the rest of the spring with her.

“She is not an overly big filly but she is definitely a strong horse and is very easy to do anything with,” Carston said.

“She has got a great attitude with a great constitution so that will take her a fair way.

“At this stage and will go to the Canterbury Belle (Listed, 1200m) in 12 days’ time and we will pick a path from there.”

Art De Triomphe was purchased out of Seaton Park’s 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft for $80,000 by Go Racing, who race the filly.

Carston’s second winner of the day came in the last race with Hunter Villain relishing the Good3 surface to win the Molloy agriculture Ltd (1400m).

“It was great to have him back in the winner’s circle and on a feature day in a $30,000 race,” Carston said.

“I was pretty confident today because he was going back from rating 74 to 65 and he drew one so he didn’t have to do any extra work.

“It was a good ride by Jake [Lowry] and a good result for his owner Terry Lines who has been a great supporter of mine.”

Maiden Allasera and three-time race winner Caitlyn Jay rounded out the day for Carston both finishing second in their respective events.

“It was a super day and it’s looking positive going forward,” he said.

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