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Say Satono scores on debut

Three-year-old filly Say Satono made the perfect start to her racing career winning the Support Kai For Kids (1200m) at Ashburton on Wednesday.

The daughter of Satono Aladdin was a trial winner leading into the race and with Terry Mosely on board she impressed at her first trip to the races.

The pair jumped well and settled midfield. On entering the straight there was plenty of work to be done and Say Satono knuckled down to her task, gradually moving her way up the pecking order.

She dug deep the last 50 meters, getting her head in front to win over Mystic Park by a half neck.

Trainer Andrew Carston said he’d had to think out of the box with Say Satono and following some time spent with a local showjumper, she was starting to hit her straps.

“She is a filly that has taken a bit of time,” he said. “She is progressing the right way now and I think she really benefited from some time with Nayton Mitchell at his showjumping yard.”

“She learnt how to work into her frame and straighten and I think she is now progressing the right way.

“She has come in under the radar a bit but I think it will be onwards and upwards from here. It is a bit of a funny time of year for three-year-old fillies so I’ll see how she comes through the run and make a plan from there.”

Bred by Rich Hill Thoroughbreds, Say Satono is raced by her breeders in partnership with Susanne Dunnett, Greg Steel. Greg Quirke, Callum Dunnett, Peter Stechman, John Wallace, Fred King, Sharyn Amos, Carston and his brother Rick.

She is out of dual Group One winning Pentire mare Say No More, who has produced five winners including Group Three performer I Say Hello.

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