La Cofradia was back at her best on Wednesday winning the Gilbert Butterick Memorial (1400m) at Ashburton.
The four-year-old daughter of Atlante was having just her seventh career start and was resuming off the back of a trial win last month.
La Cofradia was pushed forward by jockey Jacob Lowry out of the gates and settled better than midfield. The pair bided their time and moved to the center of the track coming out of the straight and reeled in those ahead of them, going on to win by a short neck.
Trainer Andrew Carston said he had been feeling positive leading into the race and was pleased to get her maiden win on the board.
“She trialled really well so I was expecting a good run from her,” he said. “She hasn’t been the easiest mare but she is slowly coming right.
“She has strengthened up this preparation and I’m looking forward to going on with her from here.”
La Cofradia was bred by Trelawney Stud and the Cambridge-based farm remain in the mare with Brent and Cherry Taylor on the ownership list.
“Brent rang me one day and asked if I would take her,” Carston said. “They have stayed in the ownership and I syndicated the rest of her down here.
“She is my first horse for Trelawney so it was great to get the win for them.”
Carston plans to line her up in a month’s time at Riccarton where she will contest a NZB Insurance Pearl Series race over 1400m at Riccarton on 5 May.