Sanctify came from the rear of the field on Wednesday to claim the Sports Bar Central Brewhouse 1400 at Oamaru.
It was the first career win for the promising three-year-old daughter of Reliable Man who was having the sixth start of her career.
Sanctify was last away from the gates though jockey Chris Johnson kept his cool, bided his time and when the gap opened up in the straight and they shot past their rivals to win by 1.8L.
“I was hoping to be midfield in the run but she got out the back and settled so I just had to go from there,” Johnson said. “She showed a good turn of foot from the 200m and won nicely in the end.
“She was back and flat a little but she started making ground about half-way down and then she really took off at the 100m.”
Trainer Andrew Carston admitted he did have some doubts during the running of the race but his concerns were put to rest in the end.
“We were a bit worried but having Chris Johnson on, it’s a massive advantage,” Carston said.
“The conditions were probably my biggest concern but it was a Slow7 bordering 8 at her last start at Ashburton so we thought we would roll the dice and it’s a good result.
“I will probably look for a race during the Cup meeting and there are some stakes races after Christmas.
“It is good to get a result for Go Racing, they are big supporters. She is a filly that has always shown a lot and now she’s starting to deliver.”
Sanctify was purchased by Go Racing out of Westbury Stud’s 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft for $45,000 and races for their Go Racing Orchestral Syndicate.
Later in the day Remuera continued her good run of form when racing at Doomben.
The daughter of Reliable Man finished strongly and just a length off the winner Erringhi Spring in the Kirin Handicap (1350m).
Trained by Chris Waller, Remuera has been placed in her last three starts and doesn’t look far off getting another win on her record. -Picket Fence