Due to the heavy rain that continues to fall across Brisbane, Pat Duff has opted not to run Steep Zip in the Ashgrove Cricket Open (1600m) at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday.
The seven-year-old galloper will instead wait another two days and travel to the Sunshine Coast for the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Monday.
“Steel Zip is at that stage of his career where he seems to race best on tracks between good and the early stages of soft. He has won on heavy tracks but he seems to labour through them these days,” Duff told Sky Racing.
“Hopefully the Sunshine Coast will have dried out a bit for Monday and that should suit him. He likes the Sunshine Coast and the 1400m up there always suits him. He actually won this race two years ago.”
Steel Zip is one of 17 sprint-mile runners set to run in the 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup. He will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 15 with Brad Stewart to ride for the second time. The gelding won the race back in 2012, half a head in front of Ready To Rip.
“The Cup is a non-claiming race and anyway he got in well with only 55kgs. I would be disappointed if he didn’t race well,” Duff said.
The unlucky galloper has been hampered by leg problems and big weights in the past couple of years after finding stakes success early in his career.
Steel Zip has finished outside the placings in all six of his past starts this campaign following a three month spell after a third placing in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m).
He was unplaced in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m), Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m), and Stuart James Memorial Handicap (1800m) all in Queensland during the summer but did win a barrier trial at Deagon on January 13 on his last time out.
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