Shooting To Win is yet to register peak condition over three starts this time in but will reportedly line up for Saturday’s featured Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in great form having reportedly overcome a few niggling ailments.
A standout performer for Peter and Paul Snowden over the 2015 Spring Carnival, culminating in a standout victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October, Shooting To Win ran fourth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first-up this time; lucky to hang on to third when fading late in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) a fortnight later before failing to make the most of a light weight in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) last time out on March 21st.
Initially aimed at the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on Day 1 of The Championships before succumbing to a back issue, co-trainer Paul Snowden told Racing Ahead the team is pleased with condition of the Northern Meteor colt and are confident of a return to competitive form in the 2015 All Aged Stakes.
“We feel he’s back to his best otherwise, basically, we wouldn’t be running him,” Snowden said.
“If there was any risk at all, he definitely wouldn’t be running on Saturday.
“Going into the Ryder we couldn’t have been more happy with the horse and he looked like he was going to blow them away at the 300, but his run ended probably 150 out, which isn’t like him at all.
“But once we went back and found out the back issue, which we’ve been onto ever since, even though it was disappointing it was quite pleasing to see that there was something wrong with him. It definitely explained the run.
“He was treated pretty much (as soon as) he got home. He had acupuncture, chiropractor, massage therapy every single day twice a day and icing twice a day.”
Debuting for consecutive wins in minor Sydney sprints over the 2014 winter before returning to the paddock, Shooting To Win beat just one runner home in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) upon resuming in spring but quickly found impressive form in running second in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and third in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m); taking out the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) in his only other start prior to the Caulfield Guineas.
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