Five-year-old mare Severine scored her third career win when resuming at Timaru on Friday in the Temuka Hotel 1200.
The Andrew Carston-trained daughter of Pins jumped smartly and travelled mid field for jockey Kozzi Asano.
She let down nicely in the straight, fighting Straight Sets to the finish and getting in front on the line to win by a head.
Carston said Severine continues to improve as she matures and that the strong performance came as no surprise as she had been working well leading into the race.
“She has come back really strong,” he said. “A lot stronger than last year.
“Her trial was good so we were expecting a pretty good run even though she will improve off that.
“I thought it was a really good ride and she got the money so it looks like we are in for a good preparation.”
Carston is aiming to have Severine peaking for Cup Week in November.
“We want her on song for Cup Week,” Carston said. “So there is no panic and it will be probably three or four weeks between runs with her.”
“She has won during NZ Cup Week the last two years, so we will be going for the trifecta this time.”
Go Racing also added another stakes performer to their tally with lightly raced three-year-old Atishu finishing runner-up in the Listed Wanganui Guineas.
The daughter of Savabeel was having her second career start after finishing second on debut at Taupo last month.
Atishu looks to have a bright future after a strong performance in the Wanganui Guineas where, despite striking traffic problems, attacked the line to finish a good second to the more experienced, Only Words.
Trainer Stephen Marsh has confirmed future plans for her.
“She is being aimed at the 1000 Guineas and we may even give the 2000 Guineas some thought,” he said. “She will have a week off now and you won’t see her again until the 2nd of October at Te Rapa in a 3YO 1200 metres.”