Poverty Bay led home a stable quinella on a tough week for the team at Carston Racing Stables, in the Cleavers Corner (1400m) at Ashburton on Wednesday.
Raced by the Lines family, Poverty Bay raced midfield on the rail, with jockey Kozzi Asano peeling out wide coming around the final turn and racing home to win by .8L from stablemate Show Bazz.
The five-year-old son of Snitzel had been in good form running second last start at Cromwell and trainer Andrew Carston had expected another solid effort from him this time round.
“He went super at Cromwell so I was expecting a good run,” he said. “It was good of Kozzi to come down to help us out and it was good to see him get the win.”
Carston and his team are devastated following the death of stable apprentice Megan Taylor in a race fall last week.
“Yesterday was tough for the stable,” Carston said. “We all stuck together and got through the day. We only got the one win but overall, the team raced well.”