Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win is going terrific according to co-trainer Peter Snowden who is eager to see the Group 1 champ back under race conditions first-up in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes in Sydney on Saturday.
The three-year-old Northern Meteor colt has won four of his seven starts to date, most recently the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 last year.
That came at the end of a stellar preparation that also included a win in the Group 2 San Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and a third behind the Bart & James Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1200m) at the same track.
The Caulfield Guineas was his maiden run in Melbourne and he is Victorian-bound again this autumn heading towards a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7.
He leads futures Australian Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $7 to win, but first resumes back home in Sydney at Rosehill Gardens this weekend in the $200,000 Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Shooting To Win goes into the Hobartville on the back of a winning 1000m Randwick trial over Caulfield Guineas runner-up Rich Enuff from the start of the month, an effort that impressed Snowden and showed he had matured over the break.
“He’s probably gone to another level, he’s just got better,” Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, told TVN on Monday morning.
“You can by his gallops and trials, he’s just got a different demeanour about him.”
All reports from the stable then are that Shooting To Win is going great ahead of his first-up run where he will stake claims to win another Group 1 this time in.
“He knows what he has to do now. He’s just in terrific order,” Snowden added.
The team have also confirmed a first-up run for 2015 Golden Slipper hope Paceman this weekend.
The two-year-old Duporth colt, an impressive winner on debut over 1100m at Rosehill in mid-November, is down to return in the $250,000 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) back at the track.
A $13 chance through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the lucrative $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on March 21, Paceman faces a hot field in the Silver Slipper.
The two top fancies for the world’s richest race for juveniles are both also Silver Slipper-bound with the John O’Shea-trained Ottoman and Gai Waterhouse’s Canonbury Stakes winner Vancouver – $7 chances for the Group 1 – the headliners this weekend to beat.
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