Steeler puts in royal performance in Lodge
Saturday 29 September 2012
1 Steeler (K Fallon) 11-4
2 Artigiano (L Dettori) 7-1
3 Al Waab (T P Queally) 4-1
Steeler lived up to his name with a gritty display to land the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket for trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Kieren Fallon.
Never out of the first two in four previous races, he was handy throughout off a steady pace. Frankie Dettori kicked for home on Artigiano and for a few strides he appeared to have caught Steeler flat-footed.
On hitting the rising ground, however, Steeler (11-4) really found his stride and ran on well to win by a length. The previously unbeaten Fantastic Moon met trouble in running before staying on strongly to finish fifth.
Fallon said: "He seems to be getting better and better. This extra furlong suited him. He's a horse that keeps finding for you. He'll come into his own next year - he could be a Derby horse."