Riccarton-based trainer Andrew Carston returned from the weekend at Cromwell Racecourse with three winners and five placings.
The two-day race meeting in Central Otago has become a feature on Carston’s calendar and he’s fostered a good record on the course too, having won 15 and placed in 17 races there.
Lulo Rose winning the Dunedin City Motors (1400m)
“I’ve been lucky to have pretty good luck every year I’ve been there, Carston said. “It was a busy with a big team in, but we managed to have some fun too.
“It’s good that they have a two-day circuit as it caters for most horses, they always present the track in good order and there’s always a good crowd and atmosphere it’s a great weekend’s racing.”
On the Friday, seven-year-old Shocking gelding Take That, a horse that Carston leases himself, landed the sixth win of his career in the $25,000 White Robe Lodge Open 2030 with Brandon May onboard.
“Jeez he’s been a good horse,” Carston said. “He’s my old loyal warrior, he’s a super horse.”
“I opted not to run him on the second day because I felt the field was a bit stronger.
"We’re going to set him for some of the country Cups around Christmas and he might back up on the Polytrack at Riccarton on Friday, he’s won on the Polytrack twice now.”
On Sunday Carston prepared two winners in the Vernon and Vazey Truck Parts colours of Terry Lines, who has been great supporter of the stable.
“I’ll be honest we’ve had a lean few months for Terry with the horses that I have for him,” Carston said. “We haven’t been having much luck lately, so it was super to get a couple of winners for him, he’s an outstanding client.”
Lulo Rose was the first to salute, backing up from a torrid run on the first day of the meeting, the five-year-old Alamosa mare was successful in the $25,000 Dunedin City Motors (1400m) with Gosen Jogoo in the saddle.
“She’s a horse that Terry purchased from gavelhouse.com,” Carston said. “Her form didn’t look that good but she hadn’t had a lot of luck in any of her runs really.
“She copped a bad check on the first day and nearly went through the fence, but she bounced out of that pretty well.
“Gosen gave her a really good ride yesterday, very positive and he got her going at the right time so it was great to get a result with her.”
Six-year-old Snitzel gelding, Poverty Bay completed the successful weekend with a narrow win in the $40,000 Liqourland Mosgiel (1400m), under a lovely ride by Joe Doyle.
“He’s enigma, he has me scratching my head a lot,” Carston said. “He’s a horse that’s always shown us a lot but he can let us down at times.”
“He hadn’t been going that well so I changed his training up a bit over the last two or three weeks, I’ve done very little with him, a lot of swimming and we’ve just freshened him right up.
“He got it right on the good prize money day so it was a great result.
“We were really happy with the horses overall.”