Reliably Perky was back in the winner’s circle on Wednesday after winning her 2200m contest at Ashburton.
Track conditions played in the six-year-old mare’s favour as she came off the rear of the field with a big finish to claim the Gary McCormick/Graeme Fechney R65.
“Reliably Perky has been going consistently and was second last start,” trainer Andrew Carston said. “She just wanted some rain and it came yesterday.
"It was a good ride from Kylie Williams and I’m happy to have her back and going well.”
Carston was also happy with the performance of The Garrison who finished third in the following race.
“He was a bit unlucky and you could argue that he should have won the race,” Carston said. “It is good to have him back and going well too. He is a pretty decent horse.
“I don’t think he is far off winning another race either, he just had no luck.”
Carston’s next target is the meeting at Timaru next Thursday where his team will include the resuming Where’s Wally and Namibia Miss who has placed in her last three starts.
“We head to Timaru next week with a few,” Carston said. “Where’s Wally will be first up so could be a chance and I think Namibia Miss is close to winning a race as well. She will run in the maiden mile.
“I’ll see how Reliably Perky comes through her race and she could head there too but will need a wet track.”
Carston secured a new addition for the stable last Saturday when securing a Mongolian Khan colt at Windsor Park Stud’s Rugby, Racing and Beer auction.
“I’ve got half of him syndicated, he is a nice horse and I thought he was well bought,” Carston said.
“He is a really nice colt and will get broken in and go through the process. He is pretty correct and a good style. I have a couple of Mongolian Khans that I quite like so that is why I bought him.
“Windsor Park did a great job, it was run well and very organised. It was a really good day.”