What a terrific galloper Steel Zip has been and on Saturday the son of the late Canadian Silver gave his rivals a galloping lesson in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap.
Having his first run since late June, the Pat Duff trained five-year-old raced away over the final stages of the 1200m event - recording his third victory at stakes level.
A bargain $13,000 purchase for the stable, Steel Zip has won six races and over $410,000 in stakes - and the best is still to come!
"His next run will be in the second leg of the triple crown at Doomben in a few weeks," Duff said, adding that the run would " top him right off for the Magic Millions Cup."
"The 1400 metres at the Coast will suit him down to the ground," he continued.
Duff is confident that the popular grey can measure up in even stronger company next year and he has Group One plans.
"The Stradbroke is the race that I've always thought would suit him and that will be his goal during the winter," he said.
Duff went very close to Stradbroke success four years ago, his tough sprinter Hard To Catch only just nosed out by Mr Baritone.
Duff has been patient with Steel Zip and hopefully that will now pay dividends.
"Like most of the Canadian Silver breed he's been a slow-maturing horse<" he said, "but I feel this will be his campaign."
Jockey Brad Stewart agreed - " he seemed to take a step in the right direction today and it's on to better things," he enthused.
Bred by Daandine Pastoral, Steel Zip is out of the city winning Cossack Warrior mare Zip from the family of Oakleigh Plate winner Harpagus.
Steel Zip was part of another good weekend for Lyndhurst stallions and we are very proud of the tough and consistent Spirit Of Boom who was so gallant when third to the unbeaten Barakey in the Group One Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
A horse who tries his heart out every start, the son of Sequalo has won six races and over $925,000 in stakes.