Demand Respect and Kylie Williams on their way to winning the gavelhouse.com Maiden. Photo: Riccarton Park Facebook
Demand Respect scored a deserved maiden win in Friday’s gavelhouse.com Maiden (1600m) at Riccarton.
The four-year-old son of Zacinto was having his sixth start and with three placings and a last-start fourth to his credit, he jumped as race favourite.
He didn’t disappoint the punters and travelled midfield before jockey Kylie Williams made her move coming out of the straight.
Once in clear running Demand Respect let down nicely and raced away to win by an untroubled 1 ¼ lengths.
Trainer Andrew Carston was pleased with the effort and said patience had been key with Demand Respect.
“He has been knocking on the door for a while so I thought it was a good win,” Carston said.
“He has taken a bit to get right both mentally and physically but he is finally getting there. He’s never run a bad race and is a progressive type.”
Demand Respect is raced by his breeders Diane and Noel Cournane and is a full-brother to former Carston charge Namjong Plus who was sold to Hong Kong interests for whom he won six races and placed a further five times in the Asian racing jurisdiction.
“Diane and Noel have looked after me from the start so it was good to get the win for them,” Cartson said. “There are plenty of options going forward with this horse.”