Namibia Miss delivered a strong finish to score in the Inglewood Stud R75 (1400m) on the Riccarton synthetic track on Friday.
The six-year-old daughter of Shocking had won two starts back over the same distance before putting in a good effort from a wide barrier at Riccarton during Cup Week, though failing to finish in the money.
Namibia Miss poses in the winner's stall after her success at Riccarton. Photo: Riccarton Park Facebook
This time round she was determined to get her nose in front on the line.
After settling midfield for jockey Rohan Mudhoo, Namibia Miss travelled well and then was asked to make her move coming around the bend. Moving to the outside of the field Mudhoo let her go and she settled into a battle with Harbourside to the line, winning by a head to claim her third career victory.
Trainer Andrew Carston said the win was a pleasant surprise and he will see how she pulls up from the effort before setting her next target.
“She is a handy mare that is in good form at the moment,” he said. “I wasn’t really confident coming back to 1400 but I needed to give her a run heading into the Christmas period.
“It was a great result and a really good ride which always helps.
“I’m not 100 percent sure where we will head next but there should be something for her between Christmas and New Year.”
Carston also recorded placings with Show Bazz who finished second in his 1200m contest and Sooo Dusty who was third in the Racecourse Hotel and Motor Lodge R60 (1400m).