Quality mare Steps in Time (5m Danehill Dancer x Rare Insight, by O’Reilly) doesn’t have a Group I win on her resume yet, but she made light work of thrashing three Group I winning mares in Streama, Pear Tart and Appearance to win the Listed ATC Wiggle Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The John O’Shea trained daughter of veteran sire Danehill Dancer scored a narrow first up win in the Group II ATC Breeders Classic last month and showed the benefit of that run and a return to firmer footing to produce a sizzling display.
She flew the gates for Nash Rawiller and led throughout, powering right away in the straight to win the 1400 metre contest by more than three lengths.
Steps in Time won both of these races last year before finishing out of a place in the Group I ATC Coolmore Classic, but her trainer believes she is a better horse some 12 months on.
“She’s much stronger now and is racing 10 to 15 kg heavier than she was then,” said O’Shea.
“She’s in great form and with mares like her they do tend to hold that form once they get there.”
Steps in Time has the impressive strike rate of 50% wins having won eight of 16 starts and over $600,000 in prizemoney.
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.
Rare Insight was covered by High Chaparral last spring.