The season may be winding down but the winners keep coming for Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston who added another two victories to his 2022-23 tally at Oamaru on Wednesday.
Vinderstern clears maiden ranks with a win at Oamaru
First to salute was Vinderstern who posted her maiden win when successful in the Billy-John Guyton Memorial (1400m).
Ridden by Rohan Mudhoo, the three-year-old daughter of Astern jumped well and showed good speed to press forward from the start and settle just off pacemaker Castlebrae.
On the straight Mudhoo asked for an effort and Vinderstern responded letting down to win nicely by a head.
“That was a good result,” Cartson said. “Terry Lines, who races her with Peter Lock, has been a good supporter of mine so it is always good to win a race for him.
“She is a filly that hasn’t gone a bad race since I’ve had her. It was a tough win so I think she will train on from that. I’m looking for a race for her at the Grand National meeting, I’m just not quite sure which one will suit but that is where she will head.”
Later on the card consistent performer Where’s Wally picked up the fifth win of his career when taking out his 1400m race.
Coming off the back of a runner-up performance at Ashburton earlier in the month, Where’s Wally settled mid field and picked his rivals off one by one and was four-wide coming into the turn.
That proved to be a savvy move from jockey Brandon May who found himself on the better ground out wider in the straight and the pair flew home to win by three-quarters of a length.
“Where’s Wally is going well,” Carston said. “I wasn’t sure about the 1400m but he certainly ran it out strongly.
“Brandon is riding well at the moment so it was a great win. He will head to the National meeting as well.”
Where's Wally is raced by his breeders David and Hazel Voice and Donald and Jose Arthur.
Carston heads to Riccarton on Friday with 18 runners and is hoping to get another few wins on the board before the end of term.
“We have a big team in tomorrow,” he said. “We’ve had a great season and it would be nice to finish it off on a good note.”