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Carston stable scores synthetic double

Andrew Carston added two more wins to his season tally on Thursday with Thats Charming and Magneto winning their respective 1200m contests at Riccarton on the synthetic track.


Thats Charming and connections following his win. Photo: Riccarton Park Facebook Page


Thats Charming was the first to strike, the four-year-old Charm Spirit gelding bringing solid form into the race having placed in three of his previous four starts.


Ridden by Yogesh Atchamah, Thats Charming jumped from barrier eight in a nine horse field and ended up at the tail of the field. To Atchamah’s credit he didn’t panic and let the race pan out in front of him before going wide on the straight to launch his run home.


Thats Charming found another gear and flew home to race past his rivals and win by a head with stablemate Mumbo Jumbo finishing third.


“That’s Charming is an old stable favourite,” Cartson said. “He has been in consistent form this preparation. He deserved the win and it was pleasing to see him get another on the board.


A race later Magneto, a last start winner at the track and distance, jumped well from a wide barrier and was quick to take the lead. He was challenged by Gemma Flitz and jockey Kylie Williams was happy for the to take over the role as pacemaker.


Williams stuck to the rail which proved an astute decision as the ground saved on the turn home gave them the edge in the run to the line. In a tight finish Magneto held on for the win over runner up Miss Nico Belle by a neck.


“Magneto is a very happy horse and is another running consistently at the moment,” Carston said. “We may set him for the $100,000 race during National week if he keeps up his form.


I’m thrilled for his owner David Cole who is new to our stable.”

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