Steparty heads into the $3 million Caulfield Guineas on Saturday as one of the leading contenders in what could be a fairytale victory for a big group of owners, mostly from the Wimmera region.
Managing owner and breeder, Greg Baldwin has played a major role in the story of the untapped colt, buying Steparty’s dam, Watch Your Step, and sending her to Artie Schiller for just $11,000.
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“Steparty was born in the Wimmera region and he’s come from our place from Gre Gre, which is just out of St Arnaud and we’ve bred a few horses there but he’s obviously the best,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin was then tasked with selling the colt and, with the help of country race caller Ric McIntosh, they were able to sell him to local interests around the Wimmera region.
The colt was then sent to local Horsham trainer Paul Preusker, who Baldwin teamed up with to win the Group 1 Australian Guineas with $301 shot Lunar Fox in 2021.
Jockey John Allen powers Steparty home in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on September 23. Credit: Getty Images)
“If I could describe Steparty in two words, just intelligent and tough, that’s him.”
“He showed signs right from an early stage, he just had a big motor and a great brain,” said Preusker.
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Another sub-plot to the fairytale is the significance behind the jockey silks that will be aboard Steparty on Saturday.
“The ‘BB’ silks that Steparty has stands for Baldwin and Baldwin, one B is for my old man and one B is for my grandfather and they farmed together.”
“We carried the ‘BB’ then and the ‘BB’ was branded on our wool so it’s significant to our family.”
“For him being on the horse, it’s very special to me and our family.”
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