Cherry ripe at her third run back from a spell, the John O’Shea trained Steps in Time (5m Danehill Dancer x Rare Insight, by O’Reilly) led her rivals a merry dance in the Group III ATC Bill Ritchie at Randwick on Saturday.
The five year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer controlled the race from the outset under a skilled ride from Jim Cassidy, leading by a good margin at the top of the straight before holding on to win the 1400 metre contest by a length and a quarter.
The win was a relief for her trainer, who was beginning to question the mare after two below par performances at her first two runs back this campaign.
“I’ve been saying all along she’s going well in her work but she’s been failing to replicate that on raceday,” O’Shea said.
“We’ll take her to Melbourne for the race on Caulfield Cup day (Group II Tristarc Stakes 1400m).
“Then we’ll look at maybe the Coolmore Classic again in the autumn.”
Steps in Time has won six of 12 starts earning $434,250 in prizemoney and was retained to race by her breeders.
She is the second living foal and first stakes-winner for Group II AJC Stan Fox Stakes winner Rare Insight (NZ).
A daughter of champion sire O’Reilly, Rare Insight is a half-sister to multiple Group I winners Vision and Power and Glamour Puss, so Steps in Time is certainly bred to be a star.
At age 19, her sire Danehill Dancer is now based permanently at Coolmore in Ireland.