Miss Steele Black Type Bound

Nov 23, 2013

Miss Steele reaffirmed her love of Moonee Valley with a strong performance in the opening race of the card on Saturday.

Having her third start on the Strathayr, the talented grey recorded her second victory – and she was impressive in doing so.

Settling back for Brad Rawiller, the lightly raced three-year-old hooked out at the top of the straight and was able to quickly pick up her rivals – racing clear to win by a soft 1¼ lengths.

The win made up for a luckless run at Flemington at her previous outing, sixth on that occasion after doing a fair bit of work.

“She saw too much daylight at Flemington,” Michael Kent said, “and she fought her jockey all the way. She didn’t breath well during the race but things went well today.”

“She is a smart filly,” he said, adding that “that is what she can do when things work out for her.”

“I think she is stakes class,” he continued – saying that Miss Steele will be freshened for an autumn campaign aimed at black type races.

“She is still relatively new and inexperienced,” he said, “and she will continue to improve.”

Rawiller, who was having his first ride on Miss Steele, was always happy during the running.

“There was speed in the race and a bit of pressure up front so she got the perfect run,” he said – “and it was a nice win.”

Bred and raced by long time stable clients Dr Ralph Zito, Peta Zito, Joseph Cichello, Rhonda Cichello, John Button and Diane Button, Miss Steele 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 she is doing a great job at stud with her first foal Ladretto recently crowned Townsville Horse Of The Year having had eight starts in Northern Queensland – winning them all!

Shu' Shu' Lara - who again visited Miss Steele’s sire Statue Of Liberty this year - is a half-sister to the three times Group winner Steel Phoenix who was Ralph Zito’s first horse.

Thanks to Bruno Cannatelli for the photo of Miss Steel's latest victory.