Miss Steele made it 14 stakes winners for Statue Of Liberty in the G3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
While all their rivals scouted wide on the home turn, Miss Steele and Dean Yendall cut the corner to establish a winning margin at the top of the straight.
Miss Steele (3f Statue Of Liberty – Shu’ Shu’ Lara by Shagny) was freshened up for the Adelaide feature after winning for the third time at Moonee Valley in March. “She had a foot abscess earlier this season and had to be scratched a couple of times,” part-owner and breeder Raph Zito said. “She’s a very promising filly and is still developing.”
Miss Steele is a homebred for Zito and his wife Peta in partnership with Joseph & Rhonda Cichello and John & Diane Button. Her dam Shu’ Shu’ Lara won at Mornington before fracturing a leg at her third start.
Fortunately, she was saved for stud and her first foal Ladretto (Dash For Cash) was crowned Townsville’s 2013 Horse Of The Year. Shu’ Shu’ Lara was bred back to Statue Of Liberty last year.
Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat) began standing at Eliza Park International in 2009 after an earlier stint at Blue Gum Farm that generated champion sprinter Hay List.
Miss Steele is among his oldest Eliza Park progeny and there has been a total of 32 individual winners of 46 races from that first-crop in Australia this season.
Contract Racing filly Spirits Dance leads those three year-olds with earnings of $403,000. She won the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield in February.
Statue Of Liberty sired his latest local maiden winner when Better Call Saul broke through at Sandown Hillside last Wednesday. She was bred by Burnewang North Pastoral owner Cathy Hains who kept a share after the filly sold for $55,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier.
And in Hong Kong on Saturday, Fair Wind broke through in the Macwhinnie Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin. He disputed the lead in the early stages and then dropped them in the straight for a three-length victory.
Fair Wind (3g Statue Of Liberty – Rachael’s Pride by Akhadan) was bred by Bill Cockram at Shadow Glen Stud in Modewarre and sold for $100,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier.
Eliza Park International will stand Statue Of Liberty for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year.