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Carston bookends Oamaru card

A trip south to Oamaru on Thursday paid dividends with the Andrew Carston stable posting a winning double.

Taimate Diva started the day in perfect fashion, leading all the way in the Chad Ormsby 75 2200m to win by five lengths.

Bred by David and Paul Hickman and racing in their Taimate Equine colours, the five-year-old daughter of Telperion had struggled to find form this campaign but put that behind her with the impressive effort which resulted in the fifth win of her career.

“I think that was a really good win for her confidence,” Carston said. “The drop back in grade helped and it was a nice ride from Yogesh (Atchamah).

“It’s good to have her back in the winner’s circle as I think she is a pretty handy mare.”

Carston was equally happy to see Freedom Reins salute in the James McDonald 65 1600m.

Racing in the colours of syndicators Go Racing, the Turn Me Loose mare followed a similar pattern when jumping well and leading from start to finish to win by three lengths.

It was her third start for the stable since crossing the Cook Strait and Carston said she was relishing the change of scenery and variety in her work.

“Freedom Reins came to us as a tried horse from the North Island,” he said. “She does all sorts in her work and spends a bit of time with Nayton Mitchell who takes her to the forest and the beach, that sort of thing. It has really freshened her mind and is paying dividends.

“Go Racing are great supporters of the stable so we’re obviously thrilled to get the win and I wouldn’t be surprised if she has more in store.”

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