Trainer Joseph Pride has confirmed consistent mare Steps In Time will remain in Sydney to contest the 2014 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 26th.
Having claimed a maiden Group 1 victory in the 2014 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22nd, Pride told TVN the thought of continued success at the highest level of Australian racing with the in-form six-year-old this season was the major reason for the decision.
“I’m keen to go to the All Aged Stakes with her if we can get a slow track or better” Pride said on Monday.
Lining up on a soaked Randwick track for the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) last weekend, Steps In Time was unable to hand the heavy going, finishing well off the pace of champion Lankan Rupee in a disappointing an forgettable tenth.
“I think you just have to forgive her for that run; it was as heavy as you could get Randwick and she simply didn’t handle it” Pride added.
Debuting with an impressive win by nearly two lengths over 1250 metres in December 2010, Steps In Time has secured an impressive record of nine wins and four places from only 26 race starts.
Claiming back-to-back titles in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Breeders’ Classic (1200m), the Danehill Dancer mare appeared to have sewn up a third consecutive win in the Group 2 event for fillies and mares before in-form four-year-old Catkins poked a nose clear passing the post.
Included in nominations for this weekend’s major target for many of the country’s leading fillies and mares; the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), Pride confirmed he is likely to remove Steps In Time from the final field, with only slight improvements in weather and the overall condition of the Randwick track predicted.
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