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Blinkers Off Shooting To Win
Peter Snowden will take the blinkers off Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) in a bid to coax the colt back into winning form in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill, reports horseracing.com.au. Snowden views the gear change as vital to Shooting To Win's prospects on Saturday when he will be taking on weight-for-age company for the first time. "I made a little gear adjustment with him, I left the blinkers off him for this Saturday," Snowden told Sky's Racing HQ. "Just the fact that he has been racing and had no pace, and he is starting to get a bit too keen in the early and middle part of his races so we want him to relax a little more and at that level you can't afford to make a mistake." He added, "Both his runs this time he has found himself in front. He straightened in front in the Hobartville and he found himself in front all the way in the Guineas the other day. So we are banking on a bit more speed in the big field, that normally generates a bit of pace." Although he is yet to win in two starts this campaign, Snowden is confident last year's Caulfield Guineas winner is ready to perform at his third run in. "He has done really well. I am happy with him," Snowden said. "Can't fault his work at all, he looks in tremendous order. He is a horse who normally builds through a preparation and we are quietly confident that he will be very hard to beat Saturday."
Shooting To Win (image: Mar Gatt)