William Muir is plotting the next plan of attack for Stepper Point
Last Updated: 28/08/14 1:48pm
Trainer William Muir is plotting the next plan of attack for Stepper Point following another tremendous effort in defeat in last week's Nunthorpe at York.
Although the five-year-old has failed to win a single Group race so far during his career, he has proved himself a top-class sprinter this term, finding only Sole Power too strong in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot and on the Knavesmire last Friday.
Stepper Point could potentially meet Eddie Lynam's Irish star again in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend, although Muir is considering alternatives.
He said: "He's come out of the race in great form and I'm very pleased with him.
"As far as I'm concerned, Sole Power is as classy a sprinter as there's been for years. Some sprinters are hit and miss, but he's solid and always seems to run his race.
"Because of the way he's ridden, he's susceptible to getting caught in traffic and he almost got caught the other day. If he had, we'd have been a lucky winner and he'd have been an unlucky loser.
"Our horse doesn't like coming down hills and that was what caught him out at Glorious Goodwood the time before last. I knew on a flatter track like York he'd beat the horses who beat him there and I was proved right.
"At the end of the day there are two five-furlong Group One sprints in Britain, the King's Stand and the Nunthorpe, and we've finished second to Sole Power in both. If you'd have offered me at the start of the season, would have I have taken it? Probably.
"We have three options now. There's the Flying Five in Ireland, which I believe Sole Power is going for, there's the Dubai Sprint at Newbury and there's the Prix du Petit Couvert in France.
"I think it will be one of those three and then he'll probably run in the Abbaye."