There’s no rest for the wicked even in horse racing as Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner Shooting To Win has already resumed pre-training in preparation for his autumn campaign.
Shooting To Win’s co-trainer Peter Snowden said the colt was due back in the stable before the end of the month.
“I saw him last Sunday. He looks very good and I’m very happy with the way he’s let down,” he said to Sky Racing.
Shooting To Win gave Peter and his son Paul their first Group One victory since the formation of their training partnership back in May.
The three-year-old colt enjoyed a successful spring preparation that included placings in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) as well as a win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) – all in Sydney.
The 2014 Caulfield Guineas was Shooting To Win’s first race in Melbourne, which he won a shoulder off Rich Enuff after challenging the leader at the 250 metre mark and was just strong enough to win.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 11 would be the obvious target for Shooting To Win given the race’s strong record of three-year-old winners, however Snowden didn’t name the Mile as one of his early targets.
Instead it appears Shooting To Win is being targeted towards the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 14 and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) a fortnight later on March 28, which means a Sydney autumn preparation looks like the target.
“We’ve tentatively had a look at the program. The Randwick Guineas and the George Ryder – they’re two races that are definitely on the radar,” Snowden said.
But with six of the last 10 Doncaster Mile winners coming via the George Ryder Stakes, the race could still be a possibility for the colt.
With just seven career starts to his name, five of which took place in the past three months alone, Shooting To Win will be one to watch come the 2015 autumn racing carnival. The colt has only finished outside the first three once and looks to continue his winning streak in Sydney next year.