The Andrew Carston-trained Taimate Diva brought up her second career victory on Thursday with a well-timed run at Ashburton.
The four-year-old daughter of Telperion was backing up a fortnight after running third at Wingatui over a mile and relished the step up to 2200m in the Betty Wadley Memorial.
Ridden by Kavish Chowdhoory, Taimate Diva jumped well and settled just off the pace.
Chowdhoory stuck to the inside line and once the gap opened in the straight asked for an effort with Taimate Diva responding and running on to win by 1.5L. Stablemates Poverty Bay and Demand Respect ran on to finish third and fifth respectively.
“It was a nice win from a progressive mare,” Carston said. “We were expecting a good run with the step up in distance but she was pretty impressive.
“It was a good result for her owners who we haven’t had a lot of luck for lately. I’m not too sure where we will head to next with her, we will just see how she comes through the run and decide from there.”
Taimate Diva was bred by the Hickman family and races under their Taimate Equine Foundation Syndicate banner.