Stepper Point is a great example to all of life’s triers that if they keep going they may eventually get to their desired destination.
He was beaten in his first six races before winning a lowly handicap at Goodwood in August 2011.
He has improved out of all recognition since that day and, after over two years of knocking heads with some of Europe’s top sprinters, he finally gained his first Group 1 placing on his 33rd career start when runner-up to the brilliant Sole Power in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2014.
That is not to say that Stepper Point has not paid his way over the years – he has, winning three Listed races and prize money of almost £157,000 prior to his Ascot breakthrough.
But, up until the King’s Stand, he never really looked like he could cut it with the very best and he disappointed next time in the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown Park where he finished sixth. Next his was fourth in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood, staying on well but not able to get to the first three.
He then contested the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York and was second again to Sole Power. Next he won a Group 3 race easily at the Curragh, but could only finish ninth in the Prix de l’Abbaye (Group 1) at Longchamp on Arc Day.