A clever ride by Jim Cassidy delivered Steps In Time successive wins in the $175,000, Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday and the John O’Shea trained Danehill Dancer mare will now head to the fillies and mares Group 1 Coolmore Classic on Sydney Carnival Ladies Day, March 23rd.
Jim Cassidy and Steps In Time hold off Red Tracer in the Thoroughbred Breeders Classic, picture sportpix.com.au
Cassidy went straight to the front on Steps In Time, racing first up since November, and he patiently raced wide on the track so that he could cross to the rails ahead of Capital Commander and Tommy Berry and Red Tracer and Hugh Bowman.
They were leading by 2L passing the 600m and Cassidy settled Steps In Time into a good rhythm as they went to the final turn.
Bowman moved closer with Red Tracer and eased up outside as they came off the turn with both moving to mid-field to commence their battle down the straight.
Cassidy slipped Steps In Time out again passing the 400m to once again lead by 2L and the break was crucial to the outcome. He then kept the five –year-old mare balanced without further urging as Bowman launched Red Tracer at them.
Each time Red Tracer gained ground Cassidy quietly kept Steps In Time rolling and then over the final 50m he asked her for the final effort and the mare had enough in the tank to respond to hold out her challenger.
The margin was a half-neck with Red Tracer (Dane Shadow) 1 1/4L ahead of Choice Words (Choisir) and Peter Robl in third.
The time was 1.10.48 on the Dead 5 track with the final 600m in 34.51. Steps In Time paid $2.70 on NSW TAB as second favourite to Red Tracer at $2.50.
O’Shea said that Steps In Time would race next in the $125,000, Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on March 9th before the $600,000, Coolmore Classic (1500m).
Cassidy commented that the mare had matured and had given up her former practice of wanted to race fiercely and her new found patience had allowed him to rate her as he wished throughout the race.
Steps In Time, picture sportpix.com.au
Steps In Time has won at listed, Group 3 level now at Group 2 level twice. She is out of the O’Reilly mare Rare Insight and this was her seventh win overall from 15 starts. With two placings she has earned stakes of $551,250 for owners NJ Hoar, MJ Everett and JS Jackson.
Photofinish picture ATC