Carston team scores Ashburton double
Dubai Lady scores at Ashburton.
Andrew Carston added two wins to his season tally on Thursday when posting a double at Ashburton.
First to salute was Dubai Lady who had been in great form leading into the race, finishing runner up in four of her previous five starts.
On Thursday she cleared maiden ranks in convincing fashion benefiting from a well-timed Kylie Williams ride. After biding her time midfield, Williams let loose down the straight and raced past her rivals winning the 1200m contest by 2 ¼ lengths.
“Dubai Lady is relatively new to the stable so it was great to get the win for Ray and Anne Cattle who also race Mr Ghibson,” Carston said. “She is a pretty progressive mare and she has been building up to a win for a while.
“I do quite like her she just needed to tick that box and she is a race winner now.”
Raced by Ray and Anne Cattle under their Anray Holdings Ltd banner, Dubai Lady will now be spelled before returning in the spring.
Two races later Carston and Williams were once again in the winner’s circle after Vulture Street notched up his second career win in the Betty Wadley Memorial (2200m).
The son of Alamosa produced a big finish to win the staying event by a length.
“He has been a bit frustrating,” Carston said. “He has always been round about there but never put his foot in the till.
“We rode him quietly today and he hit the line strong so we’re really happy to get the win. Most of the people who raced him up north are still in the ownership which is great.
"Jenna and Dane McLeod bred him with their parents and race him as well.
“Hopefully he goes on with it now.”
Carston was satisfied with the day’s effort and also recorded placings with Aunt Cindy and Namibia Miss.
“It’s good to have a day like that,” he said “The team went well, Aunt Cindy was good and won’t be far away from a win. Namibia Miss has been going super but hasn’t managed to win a race which has been frustrating but she will probably spell after today.”
Carston is currently sitting on 26 wins for the season, with his previous best being 31 wins for the term which was recorded during the 2020/2021 racing season.