Shooting To Win is yet to return to the winner’s circle following his triumph in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October but will find ideal conditions in Saturday’s featured Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, according to co-trainer Paul Snowden.
Shooting To Win more than stamped his claims as a serious racing prospect over an impressive 2014 spring campaign, and while posting competitive results over his three starts this time in, has been costly to punters in finishing in the places only once.
Revealing the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last week was initially supposed to figure as his autumn swansong, Snowden told The Daily Telegraph the team is thrilled with the condition of the Northern Meteor colt and are expecting a competitive performance in the 2015 All Aged Stakes.
“We tried to get him ready for the Doncaster but he hurt his back and that set us back, plus he has taken time to get over it,” Snowden said.
“We’re confident he’s in A1 condition and while this appears a hot race, the conditions of the race should really suit him.
“I don’t think a lot has gone right for him this prep and I still think he can run a mile.
“Aside from his back issue, he has had to lead, be scrubbed along early and just not a lot has landed in his favour. But that’s racing, you can’t win every time.”
Likely to line up alongside the likes of leading sprinters Chautauqua and Terravista in the All Aged Stakes, Shooting To Win will undoubtedly have to find an extra gear if to post anything of a result on Saturday.
“He’ll know he’s in a race but off the short let-up I think coming back to 1400m will help,” Snowden added.
“This might be the first time we can see him settle with cover and then pounce.
“That’s when he’s at his best.”
Running third in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) most notably leading into his Caulfield Guineas triumph, Shooting To Win placed fourth amongst talented company in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first-up this time; progressing to third in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and fifth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most recently.
2015 All Aged Stakes nominations are due by midday today, while a final field and barrier due are set to be completed on Wednesday.
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