2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes Could See the Return of Shooting To Win

Shooting To Win, a two-time winner during the spring, is set to begin his preparations for the 2015 autumn carnivals within the week.

Shooting To Win is set to return with a barrier trial at Royal Randwick next Thursday.

Shooting To Win is set to return with a barrier trial at Royal Randwick next Thursday. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old colt is set to run his first barrier trial of the season at Royal Randwick Racecourse on January 15 following a three month spell.

Shooting To Win has finished outside the first three just once from his seven career starts and found his share of success during the spring with minor placings in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). The colt then won back-to-back with both the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

The colt memorably won over Guineas favourite Rich Enuff in the $1 million feature race after he kept pushing up to find a spot just back of the speed. He tracked up three wide before the turn and challenged the leader at the 250m mark to emerge victorious.

It is expected that Shooting To win will have another barrier trial following next Thursday’s before the colt possibly runs in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first up in the autumn at Rosehill Gardens on February 7.

However a heavy weight could see the colt wait another two weeks to begin his campaign in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).

“It all depends on how much weight he gets in the Eskimo Prince, if we think it is too much, he could trial again and then run first-up in the Hobartville a fortnight later,” co-trainer Paul Snowden told TVN.

“He is going as good as we could hope, everything is going to plan at this stage.

“We’ve pencilled in the trial on the 15th and that will tell us a bit more but we are happy.”

Many of the top horses during the spring are returning to training ahead of an action-packed autumn carnival.

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