Miss Oaks gets a breakthrough win at Ashburton
Regular race favourite Miss Oaks pleased her connections and rewarded punters when she scored her breakthrough win in the Mt Somers Honey Maiden (1600m) at Ashburton on Friday.
The Andrew Carston-trained mare had consistently showed promise, but it took her 16 starts to break maidens.
“I sound like a broken record, but she should have won a race before now,” Carston said.
“She’s probably been the favourite ten times, she’s been unlucky a lot of times and to be fair she probably hasn’t helped herself a lot of times either, she’s always been a slow maturing mare.
The five-year-old daughter of Keeper was favourite again on Friday at $2.90.
Jockey Kozzi Asano settled her towards the rear of the field before getting into the clear at the 200m mark and coming home strongly to win by half-a-length on the line.
“It was a good ride from Kozzi,” said Carston. “He rode a really patient race and I like the way she ran away from them too.
“It was a good win, it’s amazing when they take so long to win and then they win like that.
“It was really good to get a win for Markwood Lodge too, she’s the first horse I’ve had from them and they’ve had to be patient.
Carston said Miss Oaks would line up again in a few weeks’ time.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if she goes on with it now too. Now she’s won one hopefully she can win more.”
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