Steel Cut Wins Kranji Stakes

Pencarrow Stud has celebrated another feature race win in Singapore with Steel Cut (Danehill x Miller's Pride) taking out the S$75,000 Kranji Stakes over 1200 metres on Friday night.

A week after Pencarrow Stud-bred 3yo Big Maverick had won the S$250,000 first leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge, this time Steel Cut scored a half-length victory on his preferred fibresand surface.

Theo Kieser, assistant trainer for Laurie Laxon, said the improved effort came about for Steel Cut following the gelding’s latest effort on May 23.

Steel Cut (Benny Woodworth) holds on to victory of the late charging Zibellino.

"After Matt (Kellady) rode him last time, he said that he was a little lost for pace,” Kieser said. “He just said that he may be looking for something a bit further.

“I wasn’t really convinced. I thought he could win, but then again his last couple of efforts had been disappointing and I was wary that he could run a mediocre race.

“But the race worked out well for him. He used his pace to hold the fence and fought on bravely to the finish.”

Steel Cut had won three from four starts through January to late March before two disappointing efforts last month when tenth behind Jeram Sunshine on May 9 and then an improved fourth behind Daring Dane on May 23.

Steel Cut sat in third place early behind the speed of Rollin Rich (A Feiruz) and Maxi Marine before getting a glorious run up on the fence rounding the home turn where Woodworth kicked the gelding clear with a winning break.

Kieser said Steel Cut was essentially a fibresand galloper and he hopes the gelding will be able to carry his form over to the polytrack surface when it is up and running.

“It looks like we’ll have to go back to the turf with him for a while which is a bit of a shame,” said Kieser.

“That was about his right class tonight on the fibresand. He’s been an honest horse once he found form on the surface.”

Steel Cut is a four-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding by all conquering sire Danehill from the unraced Japanese-bred Lammtarra mare Miller’s Pride.

Friday night’s victory was his fifth – all on the fibresand – from 15 starts and took his prizemoney to around the $190,000 for Silver Fern Racing.