Avison and Mary Carlisle were one of Duncans first patrons when he started out training at Ashburton and have been staunch supporters of his yard ever since. They have also been rewarded for their loyalty and were in the winners enclosure again at Greyville yesterday with their home-bred filly Crystal Ball. By Visionaire out of their smart broodmare Rebel Qui, dam of the speedy Rebel Patriot, Crystal Ball stays a bit of ground and scored the second win of her career under Anton Marcus. It was not all plain sailing as Anton had to switch at the top of the straight and then force his way through a gap, but once clear, Crystal Ball responded gamely in front to hold off a late challenge from Star Of Caesour.
Crystal Ball is owned in partnership with son Kian and daughter-in-law Caroline.