Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:03 25/10/2014
The Marco Botti-trained Golden Steps has been campaigned exclusively over six furlongs in his eight races to date but the son of Footstepsinthesand is fancied to come out on top racing over the minimum trip for the first time by taking Doncaster's Betdaq Betting Exchange £30 Free Bet Handicap at the 8-1 available with bet365.
The three-year-old has proved effective on ground ranging from soft to good to firm so should not be inconvenienced by conditions on Town Moor and with the mount of Martin Harley prone to taking a strong hold in his races the drop to five furlongs could be just what the gelding needs to win for the first time since beating subsequent Great St Wilfred winner Out Do over the course and distance back in June.
After two creditable efforts at Newmarket Golden Steps went down by a nose to Highland Acclaim in the Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot before failing to get a clear run when fourth over the same course last month, beaten three lengths by the promising Telmeyd and granted more luck in running this time looks sure to go close in the £50k contest.
The Geoffrey Oldroyd-trained Jamaican Bolt did us a favour yesterday when finally coming good under a powerful ride from William Buick and if allowed to turn out again so quickly rates a big danger on his favoured surface although a 6lb penalty will make things tougher for new pilot Chris Catlin. Towards the top of the handicap both Steps and Kickboxer are capable of going well but at the 25-1 on offer with Betvictor Ancient Cross may prove to be a value each-way alternative to the selection.