With two brilliant barrier trial wins under her belt, talented mare Steps in Time (5m Danehill Dancer x Rare Insight, by O’Reilly) was ready to rock at Rosehill on Saturday taking out the Group II ATC Breeders Classic for the second year running.
The John O’Shea trained five year-old led her rivals a merry dance under a heady ride from Jim Cassidy and fought strongly to the line to hold out Red Tracer and win the 1200 metre sprint by a half neck.
Cassidy was also aboard the mare last year and was full of praise for her effort.
“The track is pretty testing,” he said. “It was a good training performance and she’s come back a lot stronger.
“She’s not as aggressive as she was last prep. I sort of ambled across today and rolled forward.”
Steps in Time has won seven of 15 starts earning over $550,000 in prizemoney and will now head towards the Group III ATC Liverpool City Cup before a tilt at the Group I ATC Coolmore Classic at her third run back.
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 last spring by High Chaparral.