Andrew Carston’s stable continued its strong start to the 2023-24 season on Thursday bringing up another winning treble at Riccarton on the synthetic track.
A week ago the team brought up three wins on the poly and it was a case of history repeating this time around.
Take That brought up his second consecutive win on Thursday. Photo: Riccarton Park Facebook
First off the mark was Take That who was a part of the winning trio last week. The seven-year-old son of Shocking jumped smartly from the gates and led from start to finish under a confident ride from Kylie Williams, putting away his rivals with ease to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
“The team went well,” Carston said. “Take That is one Kevin Myers left down here and I actually own him now so I was pretty happy to get the win.
“He will go out for a break now and I’ll look at bringing him back for the Country Cups.”
The stable recorded a quick fire double when Sincere delivered when resuming over 1400m. Ridden by Jason Laking the Savabeel gelding was tardy to start finding himself at the back of the field.
Coming into the straight Sincere looked unlikely to feature in the finish but with 75m to go he flicked into top gear and stormed home to nab the race favourite My Degree on the line.
“Sincere is a horse I have always thought a bit of, he has just taken some time,” Carston said. “He’s leased off Waikato Stud and I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses from here. I’ve got not set plans with him, I’ll see how he comes through the race and go from there.”
Rounding out the day’s success was Russian Fable who once again put in an honest run to bring up her fifth career win.
Williams was once again on board and the pair were left to chase runaway leader Ihu who set a slick pace from the start. After being shuffled back and finding herself at the back of the pack, Williams bided her time and Russian Fable responded well when asked for an effort on the straight.
The pair picked off their rivals one by one and just got in front of Ihu to win by a head on the line.
“Russian Fable has a new lease on life so it was great to see her get another win,” Carston said. “She spends quite a bit of time with Nayton Mitchell who is a local show jumping rider. When they get a bit older you just need to change things up a bit and it’s obviously worked a treat with her.”
Carston will be back at Riccarton on Saturday with around 10 runners and is looking forward to supporting his local meeting.
“We have a few nice horses in, a couple are fresh up so it will be good to get their new campaigns under way,” Carston said.