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Molson Coors 3 Steps to Victory - Sheffield 660M - £10,000

LOCAL TRAINER Carl Perry had a night to remember at Sheffield on Tuesday when his Geelo Sapphire gave him his first Category One in the Molson Coors 3 Steps To Victory, and just for good measure Geelo Monty landed the highlight of the under card, the final of the BGBF Puppy Cup Final over 500 metres.

We’ll start with the 3 Steps To Victory and a performance right from the top drawer by Geelo Sapphire. The 550-metre trip at Henlow was the furthest the daughter of Ace Hi Rumble had encountered prior to the £10,000 660-metre 3 Steps To Victory.

The unique format of this competition demands of those that compete that they qualify from preliminary rounds over 480 metres and 500 metres before the final over 660 metres.

Geelo Sapphire had seemed to stay on well behind Ballymac Ramsey when third in her semi-final last week and connections were cautiously optimistic that the six bends at Owlerton would fall within her capabilities. But there was always going to be an element of doubt.

Doubt no more. Geelo Sapphire stayed well. So well in fact that after taking an early lead nothing could get in a blow and she scored with a subtle ease by three and a half lengths in a smart 38.86sec.

In a race during which none of the bigger fancied mustered much of a challenge, the 6-1 chance Swift Hansel followed the 7-1 winner home. Droopys Live, the 11-8 favourite, was at the back in the early stages before finishing with a flourish to take third.

Ballymac Ramsey and Shaneboy Freddie were held up time and time again, whilst Saffrons Tina was forced to check early on which severely compromised her chance of making an impact.

Emotions ran high at the presentation afterwards as the realisation dawned on Perry that he had secured a Category One contest with his first finalist in one.

He said: “It’s an unreal feeling. We thought she would stay but you can never be sure. In the end, she did it well. She’s a wonderful bitch who should have a big future.”

THE highlight of the undercard was the performance from Perry’s Geelo Monty in the £4,000-to-the-winner BGBF Puppy Cup Final over 500 metres.

The May ’15 son of Ballymac Eske waltzed through the preliminaries to the extent that he was 4-7 favourite for this competition restricted to those bred in Britain.

Geelo Monty is not the type to bowl along in front. He has the ability to set the pace but he can also come from off the pace and he did that with aplomb by tracking the early leader Artic Lightning before staying on to score from Stuart Buckland’s dog by a length in 29.12sec.

WHAT CONNECTIONS SAID AFTERWARDS

Carl Perry: “He didn’t get the best run early on but he showed he has a brain and took the right course to win. We’ll probably sidestep the Derby and go for the Produce Stakes at Swindon. It’s a big gallop and that ought to suit him.”