Brent and Cherry Taylor had plenty to smile about when watching the racing out of Riccarton Park on Saturday.
First up was the win of Pisco Sour who sports Trelawney Stud's colours for the ownership group of Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor.
The well-bred mare brought up career win number three when taking out the NZB Ready To Run Sales Trainers Series (1200m) at Riccarton.
Jumping from barrier 14, the daughter of I Am Invincible travelled wide throughout for jockey Kozzi Asano and was travelling in the centre of the track on straightening for the final run home.
Despite this she had plenty left in the tank and flew home to win by a head.
The five-year-old mare is raced by Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor of Trelawney Stud and trainer Andrew Carston was thrilled to get one on the board with the mare who was sent down south after winning two out of Te Akau Racing’s Matamata stable.
“She’s a nice mare I train for Trelawney Stud,” Carston said. “I have to thank Mark Walker who suggested to Brent and Cherry they send her down here and I’m thrilled to be able to reward that decision.”
“She has been a bit frustrating and after her last start I rang Mark for some advice.
“She was back down to rating 65 grade today and even though she was wide she really got up when it mattered.”
By Champion Australian stallion I Am Invincible, Pisco Sour is a daughter of unraced Stratum mare Refreshing, who hails from the family of Redoute’s Choice, Platinum Scissors and Echoes of Heaven.
Later on the card the Trelawney Stud-bred Challa continued his winning run breaking a track record, and subject to verification a track record, to run 1200m in 1.06.72.
The seven-year-old gelding has been in great form, winning over 1000m on the same track a fortnight ago.
Ridden by apprentice Ngakau Hailey, Challa picked up his favoured front running position and held off a late challenge from Our Echo to win by a neck.
With eight wins on the board and over $197,000 in stakes, Challa was purchased by Te Akau Racing's David Ellis out of Trelawney Stud's 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock draft.