Four-year-old mare Say Satono was back in the winner’s circle on Saturday after scoring an impressive win in the KN Cooltainer Premier (1400m) at Riccarton.
Say Satono was second up this campaign, having finished second at Ashburton over 1200m earlier this month.
Partnered again Brandon May on Saturday, she settled midfield in a race where the pace was set by stablemate Tough Time.
On straightening May waited for the gap and once it opened he urged the daughter of Satono Aladdin forward and she responded with a determined effort to win by a half-neck.
Trainer Andrew Carston was happy with the result and said she would take improvement from the run.
“She is a well-bred filly we lease off Rich Hill Stud who remain in her ownership,” he said.
“She is not a big mare but is a tough wee thing.
“She doesn’t show a lot at home so it’s a pleasing result. I’m confident she will go on from this too.
“It’s always good to be winning a race on Cup Day so I’m thrilled for the team.”
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.