Steyne in command at Newcastle

HE started a short-priced favourite and won like one. Triple Crown’s Steyne was too good on his reappearance for the preparation at Newcastle on Thursday afternoon, in the process bringing up a third win on the bounce in the Class 2 Handicap over 1350m.

It was a delight to see the son of Snitzel return from injury in such scintillating form last preparation, where a mighty unlucky second at Kembla Grange was followed by successive impressive victories, and on the soft 6 track he picked up from where he left off with this commanding display.

Tye Angland was in the saddle and although he had to keep the four-year-old up to his work to see off the attentions of the fast-finishing Plaisir, he was always in control of the race which lacked for pace in the opening stages.

“He got going early than I would have wanted but those were the cards we were dealt,” he said. “He got into the clear a bit early but for an odds-on favourite it’s better getting there too early than too late.

“He fought well when he had a good look around. It’s a long straight here at Newcastle but I’m glad he picked up and he went well to the line.”

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Co-trainer Paul Snowden was on hand to oversee the victory, and indicated Steyne will take further improvement from the run. “It’s taken a bit of time with him but he’s a maturing type,” he said.

“We’ll get him up to a mile in time but he was dominant today and I was always confident heading into the race.

“He clearly has ability and it’s about keeping him sound. But he’ll improve fitness wise from this run.”