Danehill Dancer mare Private Steer helped put leading Randwick trainer John O’Shea on the map and it was another daughter of the evergreen shuttle sire that had him in the winner’s circle at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Lightly raced Steps in Time (4m Danehill Dancer x Rare Inisight, by O’Reilly) confirmed her potential with a stylish three-quarter length win over Group I winner Beaded in the Group II ATC NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic over 1200 metres.
Steps in Time was partnered by Jim Cassidy, who took full advantage of her inside draw to have the mare up in the lead throughout and with superior fitness from a soft first up win last month on her side, she proved a tough nut to crack.
“Very good effort,” O’Shea’s stable foreman Bryce Heys said. “It obviously helped to have that fitness edge over those good mares.
“That’s the way to ride her and he [Jim Cassidy] pulled their pants down.”
John O’Shea wasn’t at Warwick Farm, instead watching over Lightning Stakes contender Foxwedge at Flemington, but Heys’ indicated Steps In Time could target the Group I Coolmore Classic (1500m) to be run at Rosehill on March 24.
Steps in Time has won four of seven starts earning $289,750 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.