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Ashburton preview

Where's Wally will attempt to keep his unbeaten record intact at Ashburton on Saturday. Photo: Sam Gordon.

Andrew Carston heads to Ashburton on Saturday with an eight strong team.

Where’s Wally steps out in the Quigley contracting (1200m) and Hunua Hank in the Brand & Gunn Want The Return of Trackside Radio (1600m).

“Where’s Wally was an impressive winner on debut last start,” Carston said. “He’s drawn the outside gate so he will need some luck, but he’s a definite winning chance.

“Hunua Hank is out of his grade and getting very little weight relief. The open condition races are not really suiting him at the moment, but he is a nice horse and he won well last start, so he does deserve to be there. He’s probably looking for a little bit further, but this run will decide what path we take with him.”

Carston also has Keep Quiet in the Ryal Bush Transport Maiden (1600m), Highly Polished and Miss Oaks in the Corchranes of Canterbury Maiden (1600m), Reliably Perky in the Rural Transport (2200m) and Apellido and Sanctify in the Barnswood Farm Stakes Day 18th October (1600m).

“Keep Quiet is unlucky not to have won a race before now,” he said. “The slightly better track conditions are my only concern, but it does look to be a very winnable race for him.

“Highly Polished and Miss Oaks were both a bit disappointing last start but I’ve put blinkers back on Highly Polished and Miss Oaks has the tongue tie on. She is backing up from Saturday but she’s bounced through the run well. They’re both better than their last starts and are place chances.

“Reliably Perky was a good last start winner albeit in a maiden race with only five other runners. She’s drawn a bad gate (17) and I’m a little concerned that the track will be a bit firm for her.

“Apellido is a chance, she got away with murder in front last start and won well, but she’s drawn a bad gate (17) this week so we won’t be going forward with her this time.

“Sanctify has been a bit disappointing, but we’ve taken her blinkers off and we’re stepping her up to a mile, Chris Johnson will ride from a good gate. She’s an each way chance.”

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