Friday, 23 June 2017
Keep The Faith 3yo fillies Be True and Second Step have the potential to handle city assignments after promising provincial victories on Friday.
Be True (3f Keep The Faith - Steely Choice by Choisir) firmed into $4.60 before the Bendigo Bank Telco Hcp (1140m) at Geelong and stable supporters were happy to see her settle on the heels of front-runner Russian Ruby.
"She wasn't beaten far here last month after being trapped wide," jockey John Allen recalled. "The good gate helped today and she had a nice run although she was travelling hard. I angled for a gap on the inside and she quickened to sprint away."
Be True had provided Darren Gauci with his last-ever provincial win earlier this year. Bred by Don Campbell and trained by his son Andrew, she had been backed from $31 into $14 to land her maiden at Terang in February.
Second Step was even more impressive winning the Thrifty Car & Truck Rental Hcp (1108m) at Bathurst. She jumped straight to the front and put three lengths on the chasers when Mitchell Bell opened the throttle in the straight.
She started a $1.50 favourite first-up following a Wyong maiden win last November. "I like the sire and I haven't got to bottom of her yet," Warwick Farm owner-trainer John Steinmetz said. "Carting her around to the provincials will help long-term but the time's coming when we will have to keep her in Sydney."
Second Step (3f Keep The Faith ¿ Crimson Code by Redoute's Choice) is a half-sister to Moonee Valley winner Barcode (Kaphero) and Singapore winner Be Bold (Equiano). She is from the Group winning "Alberton" family in New Zealand.
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) maintains a 67% winning strike-rate ¿ one of the best in Victoria ¿ and he stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud.