Statue of Liberty appears to have another promising 2YO in the ranks following the debut performance of Miss Steele at Flemington on Saturday.
Trained by Mick Kent, the grey filly was bringing up the rear for most of the journey and found trouble about 500m from home, but fought on well to grab third – just a length astern.
Raced by her breeders, Miss Steele is out of the Shagny mare Shu’ Shu’ Lara, a winning three quarter sister to 4-time Sydney and Melbourne stakes winner, Steel Phoenix, and is related to the outstanding sprinter/miler, King Phoenix.
But here’s where it gets interesting: Statue of Liberty is a grandson of Storm Bird (by Northern Dancer from South Ocean), while Shagny is out of South Sea Dancer, a full sister to Storm Bird.
South Ocean produced nine winners from nine to race including Champion Filly, Northernette (dam of Group One winner Scoot and Group Two winner Gold Crest), stakes winner Ocean Answer (dam of dual Group One winner Green Tune and Champion 2YO Pas de Response), Champion 2YO and Champion Sire, Storm Bird (below), and Stormette, dam of Group One winner Storm Trooper.
Based on her Flemington effort, Miss Steele could soon join other Statue of Liberty 2YO winners this season such as Octane Flyer, Baker Boy, Ile Aux Cygnes and Spirits Dance.