60 Seconds with Andrew Carston

10 August 2021

What made you want to pursue a career in racing?

My family have always been involved in racing, so it would have been hard to not get involved! My grandfather was a racing reporter, my uncle, brother and sister all jockeys.

What do you love most about racing?

I love winning and seeing owners at all levels of ownership when you win a race for them.

Career highlight thus far?

Having a runner in the NZB Karaka Million in my first year of training (What Choux Want, finishing 5th), and Miss Federer winning the Group 3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic at New Plymouth.

Favourite horse you’ve trained?

Miss Federer. I also have a soft spot for Pretty Good Excuse, she was so genuine. She came to me with one race win to her name and retired with nine.

Is there a trainer you look up to?

Mark Walker is an unbelievable trainer and a brilliant boss. Lisa Latta gave me a great leg up when I started training.

Favourite New Zealand track?

Probably Kurow, a country meeting with a great feel and I have had plenty of success there.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Mark Walker once told me that two-year-olds train themselves. If you have to train them, they don’t want to run at two. I believe that has helped me succeed with my two-year-olds.

If you weren’t in racing, what would you be doing?

Likely a bar manager. I spent some time doing that in between jobs and really enjoyed it.

When you're not working, what do you spend your time doing?

I’ll be honest and say I don’t have a lot of time off! When I do get time, I enjoy going to the gym at F45 Riccarton.

If you could switch lives with someone for the day, who would it be?

Brendan Popplewell, I always wanted to be a TV presenter when I was young.

Favourite TV show?

Don’t laugh, but I MySky Emmerdale every day.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I am terrified of birds, no matter how big or small.

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