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Carston cashes in at Riccarton double header

Andrew Carston had his focus firmly on Riccarton this week with the synthetic tracking hosting two consecutive meetings.

On Wednesday The Arctic Blast bounced back into winning form when successful in the Rating 65 over 1600m.

Despite over racing in the middle stages, jockey Brandon May had the five-year-old son of Ocean Park settled in a rhythm once turning for home.  

On straightening the pair launched their attack with The Arctic Blast finishing strongly and their only challenger was stablemate Pegau who they managed to hold off by a neck.

“The Arctic Blast has been a bit frustrating but I think we are finally working him out,” Carston said. “Everything went to plan this time round and he won well.

“I’m happy for his owners who have been very patient with him. It was a nice effort from Pegau too.”

The following day Magneto scored a significant win for the stable when taking out the Cup Week Hospitality On Sale 26 June R65 (1200m).

On jumping Magneto was quick to take the lead and set the pace for the entirety of the race. Jockey Kylie Williams kept him on task and they went on to win untroubled by 1 ½ lengths.

His share of the prize took the stable earnings past the $1m mark for the season, a milestone Carston was thrilled to reach.

“Magneto has his moments but he got away well and it was a nice ride from Kylie,” Carston said.

“He is a pretty handy horse and being back in 65 grade I was confident he would go okay.

“It was a good day all up. We topped the million-dollar mark for the first time too which was awesome.

“I think it is a reflection of the industry and the extra money available in stakes and we’re very happy to reach that milestone.”

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