Riccarton-based trainer Andrew Carston ended the 2021-22 racing season on a high posting a home track double on the synthetic course.
The 2021-22 season was Carston’s best yet with the stable posting 38 wins and collecting almost $900,000 in stakes, placing him in ninth position on the national trainers premiership and second in the South Island.
Andrew Carston and Show Bazz all smiles following his win yesterday. photo: Riccarton Park Racecourse
“I’m very happy to have finished second on the South Island Trainer’s Premiership and it comes down to the team going well because we have good supporters and good staff,” Carston, who has now been training for seven full seasons in his own right.
Carston Racing Stable’s season tally included three stakes wins, each in the familiar silks of syndicators Go Racing.
“My season highlight was been Hasabro winning the Hazlett Stakes (Listed, 1200m) and then the White Robe Lodge (Gr.3, 1600m). He was pretty consistent all preparation.”
First to salute was the Terry Lines-owned Anteater who benefited from a well-timed ride from Kozzi Asano who bided his time near the rear of the field before hugging the rails in the straight to win the Pure Champion at Willow Glen Stud Maiden (1600m).
The three-year-old son of Your Song was purchased from gavelhouse.com in May this year and this was his fourth start from the southern base.
“Terry is a good supporter of the stable so it is always good to get a win for him,” Carston, who also trained Hunter Villian to win at Oamaru on Sunday for Lines said.
“Anteater put in an honest effort and it was a deserved win.”
Anteater following his win yesterday, photo: Riccarton Park Racecourse
Two races later Carston had further cause to celebrate when Show Bazz motored home to win his R65 1400m contest by one-and-a-half-lengths.
The four-year-old son of Showcasing has been in good form of late, placing in his previous two starts.
Also partnered by stable apprentice Asano, Show Bazz jumped well from gate six and raced up near the pace before kicking away in the straight and going on to win the Jon Snow at Clearview Park Rating 65 (1400m) unchallenged.
“Show Bazz is my first winner for Barry Thomas,” Carston said.
“When Kevin and Pam Hughes retired I was lucky enough to get eight or nine of their horses including this one.
“He is pretty honest and deserved to get that win.
“It is always good to have Kozzi back down here and have his services and he rode well today.”
Carston said he is looking forward to kicking off the new season at Riccarton on Saturday week.
“It’s onwards and upwards to the spring and I think we are going in the right direction.”