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Namibia Miss clears maiden ranks

Namibia Miss posted her maiden victory on Thursday with a well-deserved win at Timaru.

The four-year-old daughter of Shocking had been in great form, placing in her previous three starts leading into the Omaha Lodge 1600.

“I thought she should have won her last two starts and she wasn’t far away from it only being beaten by a head,” trainer Andrew Carston said.

“I’m really happy with the effort and it was a well-deserved win.”

Namibia Miss travelled up on the pace for the majority of her weekday contest under a positive ride from Kylie Williams. They hit the front coming out of the straight and held off a late charge from All Lit Up to win by 0.2L.

Carston has a good opinion of the mare and thinks she has a good chance of delivering another win for her large group of owners.

“I quite like this mare and I think that she is one that will train on,” he said. “I don’t think it will be her only win.

“She is leased off Rich Hill Stud who I have had a pretty good relationship with throughout my training career.

“She is a fun horse and it is a big group of owners, most of them have raced horses with me before.

“I think she will get better again with another preparation. She might have one more start and then we will assess if we back off her or press through with her in the winter.”

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