Shock Prospect delivered in style for trainer Andrew Carston at Cromwell on Friday.
The Shocking five-year-old mare enjoyed a peach of a ride from the ‘Magic Man’ Chris Johnson in the Riverton RC New Years Day and Breen construction (1400m), racing midfield on the rail before threading their way through an inside gap in the run to the line.
At the post, Shock Prospect notched what was her second career win by the tune of a half-length.
“She is leased off Rich Hill Stud and has always shown plenty but has taken a bit of time. I think she will take some confidence from that and will kick on through the summer,” said trainer Andrew Carston.
“She is raced by a good syndicate of people that was put together by Hunter Darry, so it was great to see their patience rewarded with her delivering like that.”
Naturally, Carston was very complimentary of the ride.
“It was a super ride from Chris. He is only two wins away from being crowned New Zealand’s equal best jockey with David Walsh* and you can see why with that sort of ride. Not many would have stayed where he was when she was pulling, but he is South Island’s best pilot and has been for many years.”
Shock Prospect is the second successful daughter of the Rich Hill Stud sire Shocking trained by Carston. At this time last year, the stable also enjoyed the victor’s spoils with Ticket to Ride(Shocking) in the Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders (1400m).
Carston now turns his attention to stable representatives Nymphadora Tonks (Proisir) and Rumour Has it (Savabeel) at Cromwell tomorrow.
“Nymphadora Tonks has a tough gate and is drawn 14 of 14. She is going to need some luck from there but is definitely an each-way chance. Rumour Has It missed the kick by five lengths at her last start, so I will be expecting to see improvement from her,” explained Carston.
*David Walsh holds the current New Zealand record with 2451 career wins.