Steinem is favorite for Saturday’s G2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) at Ascot and fellow trainer David Eustace is backing his Victorian mare to get the job done.
Steinem, a daughter of Frankel, continues her Perth campaign after an impressive third to boom mare Amelia’s Jewel in the G1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago.
Steinem opened at $2.90 for the Ted Van Heemst Stakes when the Tabtouch markets were released on Wednesday, but has since tightened to $2.70.
Ironclad, second in the Northerly Stakes and the only other interstate raider in Ted Van Heemst, is next, boosting from $4 to $3.50.
David Eustace, who trains in partnership with Ciaron Maher, confirmed that Steinem has continued to thrive since his first appearance in the Northerly Stakes.
The lightly raced five-year-old, a winner in three of 15 starts, can give the Maher-Eustace team, rare visitors to Perth, their biggest success in WA.
“We’re very pleased with the way she’s come through (the Northerly Stakes) and she’s all systems go on Saturday,” Eustace said on Tabradio.
“She’s been doing well since she’s been there and you see it time and time again, the horses have a bit of warmer weather and the ground changes and it’s all the better for them.”
Steinem was specifically targeting the Northerly Stakes, but the Ted Van Heemst Stakes is not an afterthought, Eustace said.
“It wasn’t necessarily the plan, but she went into Perth as a relatively fresh horse,” Eustace said.
“She wasn’t overpowered over the spring.
“It’s a bit of an afterthought, but it’s still only her fifth start in training.
“The 2100m will suit and has a good nickname.”
Steinem achieved a career high when she won the G3 Summoned Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield last November.
The five-year-old crossed the line at three in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes with Victorian jockey John Allen keeping the ride.
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