While the first Group 1 assignment for Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win remains up in the air the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt has been confirmed to kick-off his autumn campaign in Sydney’s Hobartville Stakes 2015 next month.
Last seen winning the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne when stepped up to the mile for the first time, the son of Northern Meteor is back at the Snowdens’ Randwick stable gearing up for his first official trial over 800m at the track on Thursday.
The team turned the horse out after his Guineas win, which followed an impressive three length Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes victory at home at Rosehill, and co-trainer Peter Snowden knows it was the right choice to rest him before an autumn return.
“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind at all (that was the right decision),” he told RSN’s Racing Ahead this week.
“That one run too many can be the one that breaks their back. We pulled out at the right time and hopefully he repays us some dividends this time through.”
Shooting To Win will have another two hit-outs after Thursday’s star-studded affair before his first-up run in the $200,000 Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21.
While original plans were to race the gun three-year-old, a winner of four of his seven starts to date for $906,225 in prize money, exclusively in Sydney this autumn carnival he could now be looking at a Melbourne raid before his grand final back home.
For some time co-trainer Peter Snowden has had confirmed Shooting To Win’s major Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival aim as the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 4.
But before then he’ll get a chance to win another Group 1 Guineas to add to that he won at Caulfield on October 11.
Both the $600,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington run on March 7, and Snowden will nominate Shooting To Win for both.
“He’ll definitely be nommed in both races and, if for some reason we think he’s got a better chance in Melbourne, I’ll have no qualms in sending him down there no problem whatsoever,” Snowden said.
“He’s been there and done it and handles that way of going well and it’ll definitely give us another option on that day.
“That’ll be his second run back this time, so we’ll use it to our benefit and see what happens.”
If the progressive youngster does make the trip to Melbourne again then he’ll be looking to become just the second horse in history to complete the Caulfield Guineas / Australian Guineas double along with Mahogany (1993/94).
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