Riccarton-based trainer Andrew Carston had a successful trip to Oamaru on Thursday, with two winners and two placegetters on the eight-race card.
The first win came via Delmonico who was having his first race day start for Carston following a winning trial earlier in the month.
Delmonico winning the Stephen Heffernan Property Brokers Oamaru (1200m).
The Andari Ltd-owned three-year-old jumped well from barrier eight settling towards the back of the field. Jockey Terry Moseley peeled him off the fence and around one runner on the bend before hugging the rail to the finish for a one length win in the Stephen Heffernan Property Brokers Oamaru (1200m).
“It was a super ride by Terry,” Carston said.
“He’s the first horse I’ve had for Andari and it was nice to get a winner for them.
“He came to me from another trainer and now he’s had two outings for me and he’s won both of them, the trial and the race.
“It hasn’t all been plain sailing and time has definitely helped him but he’s a nice progressive type.”
Carston’s second winner six-year-old, Take That was also a recent arrival to the stable.
“He’s just had the two runs for me,” Carston said. “He was good on the Polytrack last start, and the track conditions (Soft7) were perfect for him today, so I was confident that he’d run well.
Take That was settled towards the back of the field from barrier four by jockey Kylie Williams. The pair made their move from the 800-metre mark, peeled wide around the bend and stormed home to win the Riteway Paint Panel (2200m) by a neck.
Grey mare Russian Fable very nearly made it a treble for Carston when beaten a nose in the Plunket Electrical (1200m).
Carston credited a change of scene for the six-year-old’s return to form following a couple of disappointing runs.
“She went super,” he said. “She’s been out at Nayton Mitchell’s place, we’ve just changed her routine up and it’s changed her attitude. She looks to be back on track.”
Carston’s other placing on the day came via So Graceful who finished third in the Drummond Etheridge (1600m) maiden.
“It was a good run and I think she will win a race pretty quickly,” Carston said of the four-year-old.