Joe Pride’s Coolmore Classic winner Steps In Time is recovering after her last start failure and will be back for a shot at more Group 1 glory during at the end of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in the Tattersall’s Tiara 2014.
The six-year-old Danehill Dancer mare enjoyed her breakthrough Group 1 success second-up this autumn at Rosehill with a narrow victory over Sweet Idea in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22.
She failed to back-up from that in the TJ Smith Stakes back over 1200m at Randwick last time out however when a distant 13th to Lankan Rupee in a disappointing run.
Conditions were against Steps In Time that day with the Heavy (9) track, and Pride was hopeful of a better performance on firmer ground in Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
However a bruised hoof saw the Coolmore champ miss a shot at the All Aged Stakes last weekend, and instead Pride sent her out for a two week freshen-up.
She’ll return to work after that going into one trial before a first-up shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), formerly the Winter Stakes, at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 21.
“She will have two weeks off,” Pride told AAP.
“The Tatt’s Tiara is seven weeks away so that gives us time to get her ready. She will have a barrier trial and go there for her final race.”
It’s a race Steps In Time has had no luck in over the past few years, something Pride is hoping she can change this season when she has a third shot at the winter riches.
Back in 2011 she was in flying form as a three-year-old when prepared by John O’Shea, winning a stakes race in Brisbane before failing to step up in class running 12th to Yosei in that year’s Tatt’s Tiara.
Missing the race the following year she returned for another go last winter but this time was one worse when 13th behind the Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer.
Other noteworthy mares heading towards the final Group 1 of the winter carnival include Japanese raider Hana’s Goal who scored an All Aged Stakes upset over the weekend and the Grahame Begg-trained Bennetta.
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