Miss Steele Shines
Jun 29, 2013
Early in the straight it looked like being a hard luck story for the promising Miss Steele, but when the gap opened close to home in the Sportingbet Handicap, the attractive grey was quick to take it.
And she showed good acceleration as she dived through, drawing clear late to salute by a length - in the style of a horse with bigger and better things in store.
"It was a gutsy win," said Michael Kent, adding that "if you have a look at the head-on you can see how tight things got for her."
"I probably could have gone three wide before they got to the Tabaret," jockey Luke Nolen said, opting to instead save ground on a filly who was travelling well.
"She just needed an ounce of luck and she got it," he said, adding that he thinks Miss Steele will be much improved - "she still feels very much a novice."
Described by Kent as "the fastest horse in the stable," Miss Steele was bred and is raced by long time stable clients Dr Ralph Zito, Peta Zito, Joseph Cichello, Rhonda Cichello, John Button and Diane Button.
She is the second foal produced by the lightly raced Shu' Shu' Lara who won her second start at Mornington before fracturing a leg next time out.
Fortunately she was able to be saved and Saturday was a good day for her with her first foal Ladretto successful at Townsville - his sixth win from as many starts in Queensland.
Shu' Shu' Lara - who will again visit Miss Steele's sire Statue Of Liberty this spring - is a half-sister to the three times Group winner Steel Phoenix who was Ralph's first horse.
Named partly after that horse and also after Anastasia Steele, actress in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, the grey Miss Steele is affectionately known by her owners as "Anna."
Miss Steele races in eye-catching pink and black dotted colours - not unlike those of Black Caviar's - silks that have been used by her owners since 2004.
And didn't Luke Nolen look good in them!