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22/07/02 Rick's Colt Takes His First Step Ahead
r7rickhore_lacy.jpg (7851 bytes)Promising colt Step Ahead, who had form around the Group One winning juvenile Bel Esprit, will tackle stakes class after winning his first race in moderate company at Werribee yesterday.

Step Ahead, a youngster by Entrepreneur, won the Super Vobis Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Maiden Plate (1110m), scored an impressive three quarter length win.

Winning trainer Rick Hore-Lacy was impressed with the colt’s success and is looking forward to better quality wins in store as this preparation continues.

"We’ll step him up to better class now," Hore-Lacy said. "The Vain Stakes, a listed race, looks the right sort of race for him at this stage. From there we will get a better of idea of where he’s at."

Hore-Lacy is hoping to go one better in this year’s Vain Stakes after finishing second with Dash for Cash behind North Boy just under twelve months ago.

"He’s a nice horse this bloke," Hore-Lacy added. "And he really should handle longer trips later on as well."

Leading jockey Nash Rawiller had the short priced favourite positioned off the leaders throughout before he switched off the heels of the leader and sweeping to an easy win.

The Jim Marconi trained Ali-Royal gelding Royal Rule boxed on strongly to finish second, while the Celtic Swing first starter Beswinging was a further two and three quarter lengths away in third place.

The Octagonal colt Odd Man Out ran fourth at his debut outing, just ahead of another first starter Tom on the Town.

In a great advertisement for the state’s Super Vobis scheme the first four placegetters were qualified to collect thousands of dollars in extra bonuses.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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