The son of Verglas was given a good ride by Andrea Atzeni who settled his mount at the rear of the field.

The pacesetters set a frantic early pace and Steps was ridden along in the early stages. He came back on the bridle with two furlongs to run and produced a good turn of foot to hit the front inside the final furlong and win by a length and a half.

Roger said: "When he puts his best foot forward he is a good horse and he has done it nicely. A stiff five furlongs on softish ground are his optimun conditions."


Also at Newmarket, Ambivalent gained some valuable black type when finishing third in the Aphrodite Stakes.