Keep Quiet and Kylie Williams were successful at Ashburton on Saturday. Photo: Sam Gordon.
The 2019/2020 racing season was a standout for Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston and the team is showing no signs of slowing down.
The stable posted a win and three placings on the opening day of the new racing term at Ashburton on Saturday.
Four-year-old gelding Keep Quiet scored an impressive win to break maiden ranks in the Ryal Bush Transport Maiden (1600m).
Ridden by Kylie Williams, Keep Quiet jumped cleanly and made his way to the front, leading for the majority of the race before cruising to a 3 ¼ length victory.
“He was a Ready To Run purchase I bought for $29,000 and syndicated among stable clients so it was very good to see him win,” Carston said. “I have always thought he has shown a bit and I think he will go on from here.”
Carston is keen to step Keep Quiet up in distance and will take the son of Keeper to Riccarton on August 15.
“I think he is looking for a little bit further, he has been unlucky in his last few runs. I’ll head to Riccarton with him in a couple of weeks and run him over 1800m.”
In form mare Reliably Perky lost no admirers when finishing runner up in the Royal Transport BM65 (2000m).
The daughter of Reliable Man jumped from the widest barrier but got in a handy spot travelling near the head of the field with jockey Kozzi Asano biding his time before asking her to let down coming out of the final bend.
Reliably Perky fought well to the line and was just beaten 0.2L by Dr Velocious.
“It was good to see her step up from an average maiden where she won last start to perform well in rating 65 company,” Carston said. “I was a bit nervous about the track being too firm but the team performed well and I was very happy with them, most will head to the next meeting at Riccarton.”
Highly Polished and Miss Oaks finished third and fourth respectively in the hotly contested Cochranes of Canterbury Maiden (1600m), while Sanctify dead heated for third in the Barnswood Farm Stakes Day 18th October (1600m).