Horse Racing

Sotomayor can reach the top class – jockey Linton Steadman

Observer staff reporter

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Following Sotomayor's (the 2016 champion Two-Year-Old) emphatic win in the Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup feature on Saturday, winning jockey Linton Steadman believes the Derby runner-up of last year can make it to the top level.

Sotomayor picked up the lead from the half mile (800m) in the nine-furlong (1,800 metres) Restricted Allowance event to win by a length and a half in 1:55.0. This was the second win for Sotomayor from six starts this season.

Sotomayor, who has recently found a new running style, that of being more up with the pace, was again close to the leader as the Anthony Nunes trainee raced in second position behind Rising Bop (Odeen Edwards), who took the early lead in the native-bred four-year-old and upward non-winners of three other than event.

Steadman kept Sotomayor relaxed down the backstretch before the far-striding grey colt went through to take up a slim lead over Simply Outrageous (Gary Richards) running the half-mile (800m) turn.

Simply Outrageous kept up to her work in deep stretch but couldn't answer when Sotomayor turned on the pressure inside the final furlong (200m) in the feature event.

Simply Outrageous did well for second money, with Biblical Legend (Aaron Chatrie) third and Subbie (Bebeto Harvey) fourth.

“I think he ( Sotomayor) can make it to the top level in racing. Sotomayor is a very nice horse who has a lot of class and talent,” Steadman said.

Speaking on the performance of Sotomayor, Steadman said: “In this race he ( Sotomayor) was ranked as the class horse, as some were saying it was just a matter of how far he would win. He is that type of horse that doesn't like to pass other horses; he likes to wait on the horses. And so, from I am in front all I had to do was to keep him up and that would be our plan to win.”

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