CLASSY youngster High Step emulated one of the feats set by her dam during her initial Australian campaign almost a decade ago.
Among the best of her crop, High Gait had three Aussie starts as a two-year-old, which saw her capture the 2015 Redwood Classic and Breeders’ Crown Final for New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon.
Fast forward to yesterday’s superlative Maryborough meeting and High Step has joined her dam on the Redwood Classic honour roll.
Co-trained by Purdon and his son, Nathan, High Step was reined to glory by Greg Sugars, who dashed the trotter to the lead from barrier six.
Never seriously challenged, the daughter of Father Patrick cruised to an eight-metre triumph from Nordic Reign.
Link In Bio was two-and-a-half metres away third in 2:03.5 for the 2190-metre stand.
“Manners have always been crucial in the Redwood,” Sugars said. “There have been plenty of times the favourite, or the one considered the best in the race, has missed their chance due to bad manners from the stand.
“I was pretty confident that I had the horse with both the manners and the talent to win and she didn’t let us down.”
Due to return to the Shaky Isles this week, High Step leaves with an Australian record of four wins and a second from five starts for a bankroll of $52,950.