30 Dec Black Type Mare, Step Softly, Purchased
Black type mare Step Softly was purchased today to be covered by our resident stallion Albaasil.
Bred by The Queen, she carried her colours as a 2 year old winning her first two starts over 7 furlongs at Folkstone, and a hot 6 furlong Class 4 Novice at Haydock. She went on to achieve her all important Black Type on only her 4th start as a 2 year old, in the high quality 7 furlong Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket for trainer Richard Hannon Snr.
After being sold at the end of her 2 year old career she began her 3 year old season in France with Jean Claude Rouget. Her first start was at Longchamp finishing 3rd in a Listed race on unflavoured heavy ground and completed her season with a comfortable win at Deauville.
As a 4 year old Step Softly raced in America, trained by Ben Cecil, her final win came over a mile at Hollywood Park, demonstrating her usual fast finishing speed and determination.
Although bred to stay much further being by Golan out of a Shirley Heights mare, her wins came over 6f, 7f and a mile, she loved fast ground and as well as achieving black type herself she is also half sister to 4 winners including the Group 3 winner, Chief Yeoman.