Father-and-son training team Peter and Paul Snowden celebrated their breakthrough Group 1 victory together with Shooting To Win proving the best three-year-old on the day with his upset Caulfield Guineas 2014 result over the odds-on favourite Rich Enuff.Peter Snowden has an outstanding record in the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in recent years having prepared two of the past three winners with Helmet (2011) and Long John (2013) last year.
Today Northern Meteor colt Shooting To Win ($7.50) added his name to the prestigious Caulfield Guineas winners’ list, too good for the Ken Keys-trained Rich Enuff ($1.85F) on the line as the duo turned it into a two horse, stride-for-stride battle over the final stages.
“We really trust his ability and he’s shined through today,” Paul Snowden said after the win.
“He really got into a great spot…he’s toughed it out, it’s fantastic.”
In a cracking third and adding value to the winning Caulfield Guineas trifecta was then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina ($101) who was the roughie of the race – Waterhouse having only moments earlier won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in Sydney with Victoria Derby bound Hampton Court.
Rich Enuff and jockey Michael Rodd found themselves up front and leading early, the flying Written Tycoon colt backed into odds-on favouritism leading up to the jump.
He kicked on at the top of the straight and sprinted off but was a sitting duck waiting to be run down by the eventual winner Shooting To Win who was one of the best out of the barriers before sitting just off the pace, switching off and saving his energy.
“He didn’t do himself any favours,” Rodd said after the loss.
“He just didn’t spit the bridle out…really all he needed to do was relax and he wins the race.
“He quickened up nice…but was just a sitting shot running like that.”
Rich Enuff was under lots of pressure by Waterhouse’s Group 1 winner Almalad, previously undefeated over the mile, who was challenging well before the bend.
But in the end it was the James McDonald-ridden Shooting To Win who got the bikkies, upsetting the fairytale spring of Rich Enuff who would have been the shortest priced Caulfield Guineas winner in recent history had he held on.
“I probably got going a little bit earlier than I hoped,” McDonald told TVN after the win.
“He bounced out of the gate well and put himself in a great position.”
Shooting To Win had his maiden Melbourne run today on the back of a Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) third and three length Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) win at Rosehill last time out when ridden by Tim Clark.
Today Clark was replaced by McDonald who was thrilled with the victory, the Caulfield Guineas a race he’s always wanted to win after losing on a horse for Snowden as an apprentice a few years earlier.
“He’s unbelievable,” McDonald said.
“It’s a race I’ve always wanted to win so that’s incredible.
“The horse has been racing really well, what a thrill.”
Trainer of today’s beaten favourite Rich Enuff, Keys said it was hard to be disappointed with the effort from his horse who could continue on for another run in Melbourne before being sent for a well-earned spell.
“He ran super,” Keys said.
“He had no peace and I have no doubt he would have been a better chaser.
“Now we go home, regroup and have another crack (at a Group 1).
“That was a bit of a gut buster that one so we’ll see how he pulls up.
“It’s a bit hard to be too disappointed.
“He hasn’t lost any (value) I don’t think!”
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2014 Caulfield Guineas Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 9 – 11/10/2014
|1||4||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||James McDonald||–||8||56.5kg||$7.50|
|2||3||RICH ENUFF||Ken Keys||Michael Rodd||0.3L||10||56.5kg||$1.80F|
|3||14||WANDJINA||Gai Waterhouse||Dwayne Dunn||1.3L||5||56.5kg||$101|
|4||8||KUMAON||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||1.4L||2||56.5kg||$31|
|5||6||CHIVALRY||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||3.4L||12||56.5kg||$14|
|6||9||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Steven Arnold||3.7L||4||56.5kg||$21|
|7||10||MOONOVERMANHATTAN||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||3.9L||7||56.5kg||$31|
|8||2||ALMALAD||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6.65L||13||56.5kg||$11|
|9||5||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||7.65L||3||56.5kg||$71|
|10||12||LUCKY TOM||Harold Norman||Rikki Jamieson (a)||8.05L||6||56.5kg||$151|
|11||7||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan||Damian Browne||8.45L||9||56.5kg||$8|
|12||11||STINGRAY||John Moloney||Mark Zahra||16.45L||11||56.5kg||$151|
|13||13||ZEBULON (NZ)||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||16.55L||1||56.5kg||$31|
|–||1||OUR VESPA (NZ)||Johno Benner||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|