While staying in Sydney this Saturday for the Randwick Guineas is the preferred option for the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Group 1 winner Shooting To Win, the team has confirmed he will also likely accept for Flemington’s Australian Guineas 2015 on the weekend in Melbourne as well.
Winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over the mile last October, Northern Meteor colt Shooting To Win returned to Sydney first-up on February 21 this autumn to finish under a half-length away fourth to Hallowed Crown in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Today there were 13 three-year-olds nominated for the $600,000 Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on Saturday including the Hobartville Stakes quinella.
Winner of the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney also during the spring, the Bart & James Cummings-trained Street Sense colt Hallowed Crown is the current $3 favourite in the all-in Randwick Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au just ahead of Shooting To Win at $3.20.
Shooting To Win meanwhile could skip his Sydney assignment and head to Melbourne on Saturday instead for the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) that has 29 current nominations.
“More than likely he’ll stay in Sydney but if the weather turned bad, or he drew a bad gate then we could change our mind so I want to leave our options open,” co-trainer Peter Snowden told Racing Victoria.
“My priority is to stay in Sydney because naturally with the program he has it saves coming to Melbourne for the one run but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.
“I’ll talk to the owners and see what their thoughts are but I’d say at this stage we’ll accept for both races.”
The latest Australian Guineas odds are firmly led by the Chris Waller-trained Kermadec, the Teofilo colt having run third in the Hobartville Stakes.
Kermadec, like a number of his to-be Guineas rivals, is dually entered for both races also featuring in the Randwick edition’s list of possible runners.
Along with Shooting To Win and Kermadec, the other dual Guineas entries for Saturday are: Diamond Valores, Merion, Scissor Kick and Testashadow.
Snowden, who won last Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield with Pride Of Dubai, meanwhile is thrilled with the way Shooting To Win came out of the Hobartville Stakes saying the galloper had lost of upside and plenty of improvement in him.
“His work’s been great and he’s taken really good improvement from that first-up run,” he said.
“His condition only gave out over the last 80 metres but he’s come on since then and going to the mile second-up I think he’s going to run really well.
“He showed last time in that he just improves with racing and he’s a bit more forward than in the Spring and I expect him to hit peak fitness a lot sooner this time.”
Final acceptances for both the Randwick Guineas in Sydney and Melbourne’s Australian Guineas are out on Wednesday revealing the fields.
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