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Carston mares bring up West Coast double

Andrew Carston brought up a winning double at Greymouth on Tuesday during the popular West Coast circuit.

Namibia Miss scored a comfortable victory at Greymouth.

First off the mark was consistent mare O’Jessica who had a win and a second placing to her credit in November before finishing midfield at Timaru on December 28.

This time round she was full of confidence and jumped well from the inside barrier to go straight to the front of the five-horse field.

Jockey Rohan Mudhoo never relinquished the lead and the pair skipped away to win by one and a half lengths with the daughter of Deep Field bringing up her fourth career win.

“O’Jessica is just a fast mare,” Carston said. “She’s been pretty consistent and needed last week’s run so I wasn’t too worried that she hadn’t run in the placings.

“She won well on Tuesday and I thought she would be suited to that race so it wasn’t too much of a surprise. All going well she will head to Kumara on Saturday."

Later on the card Namibia Miss outclassed her rivals to win the Westland Racing Miss Scenicland Stakes (1500m) by two lengths.

Partnered by Kylie Williams, Namibia Miss raced midfield and hit the home turn with momentum, racing away to win untroubled on the line.

“Namibia Miss is a pretty handy mare,” Carston said. “I’ve always thought this was a good race, I think I have had three wins and a few placings in it over the years. Out of the three I had in this week she was the best and had the best ride.

“She deserved the win as she has been really consistent, she’s flying.

“The plan is to head home with her and qualify for the Southern Series Final on the 28th at Riccarton. Overall the team went well and I can’t complain.”

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