Shooting To Win is one of 17 horses nominated for the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill this Saturday. With the news that Hallowed Crown will run against his own age in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (1600m) instead, Blake Shinn is confident Shooting To Win can dominate the race and return to the winner’s circle.
The three-year-old colt was a back-to-back winner of the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in the spring but has failed to recapture any of his success so far this campaign.
Peter & Paul Snowden’s colt resumed as the $3.50 favourite in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21 but was just out-toughed late in a well-run fourth placing, less than half a length off winner Hallowed Crown.
The colt was then the $2.50 favourite in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) two weeks later, due to his success in the Caulfield Guineas five months earlier. Shooting To Win jumped well and strode to lead with minimal fuss. He travelled sweetly and was held together upon straightening before kicking well as he approached 300 metres to pinch break under hold. The colt was reeled in thereafter, beaten into third in the final 50 metres once again by Hallowed Crown and Sweynesse.
Shinn was accused of riding Shooting To Win too far forward in the small field of six but believes the 2015 George Ryder Stakes will be much better.
“Saturday is a great race for him,” Shinn told Racenet.
“Third-up, 1500 and he gets his chance to sit off the speed which I’m sure will give him every chance to show what he’s made of.
“He’s working brilliantly and the three-year-olds are showing that they’re capable against the older horses this season.
“I’m hoping he draws well and I think he’s got the ability to match it with the older horses at weight-for-age. If the breaks go his way then I think he’s capable of winning.”
Shooting To Win may not have to run against Hallowed Crown or Sweynesse in the George Ryder but he will clash with two Japanese horses – World Ace and Real Impact – who have the unknown advantage.
“I’ve had a look at their form but until you watch them race here you just don’t know,” Shinn said.
“The Japanese have been very successful bringing their horses to Australia and they adapt to our style of racing.
“These are very well credentialed and you have to treat them with real respect.”
The 2015 George Ryder Stakes field and barrier draw will be released later this morning (Wednesday). Check back at Races.com.au for all the latest news.
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