Big spring fling at Riccarton for Carston Racing

Big spring fling at Riccarton for Carston Racing

There’s a lot to get excited about with spring racing at Riccarton on Saturday. Go Racing’s Andrew Carston, who last month received the gavelhouse Newcomer to Trainer Award, has a trifecta of runners on the card.

Aristotle is following up his super debut performance with a courageous run for fourth on the worst part of the track.

Says Andrew, “It was a great start to his career and he has taken a lot of improvement from it. He will race in the first maiden 1200 metre on the card. Ideally, we would have liked to keep him racing against his own age group but this race fits in well with his programme. Jacob Lowry will do the riding on Saturday and although barrier 11 is an awkward draw, we do expect him to run well again.

Severine is debuting on the back of two good trial performances, including a Rangiora third behind Emily Margaret who came out and won impressively first up. She’ll debut in the second maiden 1200 metres on the card so won’t be competing against her stablemate but has drawn similarly wide. Both trainer Andrew and jockey Kylie Williams believe that she will benefit from having some head gear added, and therefore she will wear side-winkers which will help keep her mind on the job.

Major Ish Choux is kicking off her four-year-old campaign in the rating 65, 1200 metres worth $22,500. Says Andrew, “She was going to run two weeks ago but it was too wet. Saturday looks to be in the good to dead range so will suit her well. We know 1200 metres is short of her best but it’s a good starting point and she’s a lot more mature this preparation.” Kylie Williams who has ridden her at the trials twice sticks with her on Saturday.

Watch: Andrew’s Newcomer to Trainer Award video here.