A standout performer for the Randwick trainer over the 2014 Spring Carnival, Peter Snowden is confident Group 1 winner Shooting To Win will return in Saturday’s Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) an even better horse.
Finishing outside the top three just once over his seven start career so far, Shooting To Win has not been seen at the races since mustering an impressive final straight sprint to overcome clear favourite Rich Enuff in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11th.
Having performed well in two Randwick barrier trials in the lead-up to his 2015 Hobartville Stakes return, Snowden told TVN he is thrilled with the condition of the Northern Meteor colt and is confident of a competitive first-up hit-out.
“He’s a bit stronger now than he was, finally grown into himself,” Snowden said.
“Because of that he’s taking a bit more work.
“He’s had two trials and a couple of good gallops since.
“He’s been doing some beach work too and I couldn’t get him any fitter with trackwork or trials.
“He needs to go to the races now and that will bring him on even more.”
Performing well in two strong barrier trials prior to his competitive debut, Shooting To Win posted an impressive two wins from two starts over winter before immediately returning to the paddock.
Beating just one runner home in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) upon resuming in spring, Shooting To Win quickly found form in running second in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and third in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m); returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) in what was his only other start prior to the Caulfield Guineas.
The 2015 Hobartville Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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