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Carston quinellas Riccarton opener

Andrew Carston had a perfect start to the day on Thursday when the stable finished 1-2 in the Riccarton Park Function Centre R65 (1200m).

Magneto headed into the race with good form, having placed in his previous three starts, and appropriately jumped as race favourite.

With stable apprentice Yogesh Atchamah aboard, he settled in a good spot stalking the leaders until they rounded the bend where the pair went wide and launched their sprint home.

The son of Showcasing responded to Atchamah’s urgings and let down well, looking like he would run out a strong winner.

However stablemate Mumbo Jumbo made him work for the victory, storming home from the rear of the field, reducing the winner’s margin to a half head.  

Carston was thrilled with the result and said it was a deserved win by all involved.

“Magneto has been very consistent since coming south and really deserved that win,” Carston said.

“He is the first horse I have had for owner David Cole and he looked quite good as a young horse. I think a change of scenery has sparked him up again. I’m pretty confident he will train on from here.

“It was also great for my apprentice Yogesh, he is a hard worker so it is nice to see him rewarded with a win.

“I was pleased to quinella the race. Mumbo Jumbo is a mare who has been in and out of form but she was super yesterday.”

Carston is yet to set future targets for the pair but will see how they come through the race.

The stable will be represented by one runner at Gore’s Sunday meeting in Seven Twenty in the Entain – NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1335m) and has drawn gate 10 with Terry Moseley to ride.

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